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News From Medscape
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Medicare Advantage CAD Patients Receive More Secondary Prevention
Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) were somewhat sicker than those receiving fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare benefits and were more likely to receive appropriate secondary-prevention treatments, a new observational study shows.
Addressing CV Risk: What Clinicians Told Us
Although most cardiologists and other healthcare professionals agree that diet and lifestyle are important factors in cardiovascular (CV) risk reduction and should be discussed with patients, many say they lack the necessary tools to advise patients effectively, according to a survey conducted by Medscape in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
Psoriasis Effects on Cardiovascular Risk May Be Direct, Greater in African Americans
Psoriasis might elevate atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk largely because of the effects of conventional risk factors, especially hypertension and diabetes, but it also seems to raise CV risk on its own.
To Maintain Trust in Science, Lose the Peer Review
Scientific and medical evidence increasingly comes from small groups of subspecialists who write in obscure prose for academic publications that few can access, leaving the media to disseminate findings from thinly read scientific journal articles that are held up as totems of authority.
Items of Interest
The Transformation of the American Board of Internal Medicine
Co-Authored By Dr. Ola Akinboboye, Past ABC President and Current Chair of ABIM's Cardiovascular Board
Over the past four years, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) – with the engagement of the medical community – has undergone a transformation to rebuild the trust and respect it historically enjoyed among the profession for much of its existence.
A Closer Look at the Drug Rebate Proposal
After competing companies voluntarily made significant list price reductions for an entire class of medicines, answering a major consumer and political demand for lower drug prices, where are we today, months after these announcements?
Featured Articles by Members
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Direct Current Cardioversion of Atrial Arrhythmias in Adults With Cardiac Amyloidosis
Co-authored by Vuyisile T. Nkomo, MD, MPH and Rowlens M. Melduni, MD, MPH (with Edward A. El-Am, MD, Angela Dispenzieri, MD, Naser M. Ammash, MD, Roger D. White, MD, David O. Hodge, MS, Peter A. Noseworthy, MD, Grace Lin, MD, Sorin V. Pislaru, MD
Arrhythmias, conduction abnormalities, and intracardiac thrombus are common in patients with cardiac amyloidosis (CA). Outcomes of direct-current cardioversion (DCCV) for atrial arrhythmias in patients with CA are unknown. This study sought to examine DCCV procedural outcomes in patients with CA.
Why We Should Not Distinguish Between African American and African Immigrant Applicants in Medical School Admissions
Co-authored by Quinn Capers IV, MD (with Darrell Gray, II, MD, MPH and Leon McDougle, MD, MPH)
An argument in response to Dr. Reginald Baugh’s article entitled “I Am an African American: Distinguishing Between African American and African Applicants in Medical School Admissions Matters.”
Expectations of Racism and Carotid Intima Media Thickness in African-American Women
Co-authored by Tené Lewis (with Rachel Lampert, Domonique Charles and Stuart Katz)
Several researchers have argued that racism-related stressors play an important role in adverse cardiovascular outcomes among African-American women. However, studies have primarily focused on experiences of racism; thus, the role of expectations of racism is insufficiently understood.
Heart Failure in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: Rising Burden, Diverse Etiology, and High Mortality
By George A. Mensah, M.D.
Contemporary population-based studies in high-income countries in North America and Europe show that the absolute burden of heart failure is increasing, and patients now present at an earlier age and have a greater number of comorbidities. But what do know about heart failure in low- and middle-income countries? Until recently, we knew very little.
Podcast Interview With Author George Mensah, MD
Listen to an interview between Paul J. Hauptman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiac Failure (JCF) and George A. Mensah, MD, the author of “Heart Failure in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: Rising Burden, Diverse Etiology, and High Mortality.”
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