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LAA Electrical Isolation Sparks Strokes, But Is Risk Manageable?
New data underscore that electrical isolation of the left atrial appendage (LAA) during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is a man-made risk factor for stroke. They also suggest that optimal lifelong oral anticoagulation or placement of an LAA occlusion device may reduce that risk. During 2.3 years of follow-up, 4.9% of 1854 consecutive patients experienced a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) after pulmonary vein isolation with electrical LAA isolation.
Commentary: AI May Save Some Time, But It Can't Listen to a Patient
On the "Medicine and Machine" podcast, Eric Topol, MD speaks with Abraham Verghese, MD and special guest Danielle Ofri MD, PhD. Ofri's appearance marks the first guest for the podcast, which delves into AI's emergence within medicine and it's possible limitations.
AHA Advisory Backs Prescription Omega-3s for Triglycerides
Prescription omega-3 fatty acids — products containing eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) or EPA alone — are an "effective and safe" way to reduce elevated triglyceride levels when used alone or with other lipid-lowering therapy, according to a science advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Items of Interest — From ESC Congress 2019
Childhood Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Weight And Smoking Predict Adult Heart Disease
The first reliable evidence of a link between major cardiovascular risk factors in children -- serum cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and smoking -- with cardiovascular disease in adults was presented at the ESC Congress 2019 in Paris. The study highlights the need to lay the foundations for heart health early in life.
BMI Not the Best Option for Predicting CV Events, Global Analysis Suggests
A sweeping population study has found that all-cause mortality risk drops with body mass index (BMI) but that lower is not necessarily better. In fact, the lowest mortality in this global analysis was found among patients with middle-range BMIs. Additionally, other anthropometrics like the waist-to-hip and strength-to-weight ratios are better than BMI at predicting some cardiovascular events and mortality.
ESC TV at ESC Congress 2019 - PURE (Investigator)
PURE TRIAL: Contrasting patterns of cardiovascular disease, cancers and related mortality between high- versus low-middle income countries in 21 countries. Presented by Darryl Leong, Canada - Investigator
Nonphysician, Community Intervention Curbs CV Risk Factors: HOPE 4
A comprehensive intervention led by nonphysician health workers (NPHW) and supported by family and community members resulted in a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, LDL cholesterol levels, and cardiovascular disease risk among individuals with hypertension in multiple communities throughout Columbia and Malaysia, the HOPE 4 study showed.


Salt Substitute Shakes Up Hypertension in Community Trial
A community-wide salt substitution intervention improved blood pressure and hypertension control levels, a pragmatic trial from Peru showed. Swapping in some potassium had an important effect in Peruvian villages.


ESC Releases 5 New Guidelines During ESC Congress 2019
During the ESC Congress 2019 in Paris, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) released five separate guidelines covering acute pulmonary embolism, chronic coronary syndrome, diabetes, dyslipidemias and supraventricular tachycardia. These were also published in the European Heart Journal. Here are some video highlights of the new guidelines.
ESC TV at ESC Congress 2019 - DAPA-HF (Investigator)
DAPA-HF - Study to evaluate the effect of dapagliflozin on the incidence of worsening heart failure or cardiovascular death in patients with chronic heart failure.
ESC TV at ESC Congress 2019 - THEMIS (Investigator)
THEMIS. Main Results of the Effect of Ticagrelor on Health Outcomes in Diabetes Mellitus Patients Intervention Study. Presented by Deepak Bhatt, U.S. - Investigator.
Is Your Physician Colleague At Risk For Suicide? Signs to Look For
Two-thirds of people who attempt suicide do so after having seen a physician within the previous month. It’s a strong statement about the importance of being alert for telltale signals. That extends to high-risk individuals who aren’t patients, but who many physicians see every day—their colleagues. Recently released CME covering suicide screening and prevention for patients also addresses what physicians should look for among their colleagues—and themselves—to reduce the chances of suicide. The CME video, “Identifying and Responding to Suicide Risk,” is designated by the AMA for one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Featured Articles by Members
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Health-Related Quality of Life in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction The PARAGON-HF Trial
Co-authored by Eldrin F. Lewis (with Alvin Chandra, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Brian L. Claggett, Adel R. Rizkala, Wenyan Wang, Martin P. Lefkowitz, Victor C. Shi, et al.)
This study sought to describe baseline health-related quality of life (HRQL) in the PARAGON-HF (Prospective Comparison of ARNI with ARB Global Outcomes in HFpEF) trial, the largest heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) trial to date.
ARMC5 Variants and Risk of Hypertension in Blacks: MH-GRID Study
Co-authored by Gary H. Gibbons (with Mihail Zilbermint, Amadou Gaye, Annabel Berthon, Fady Hannah‐Shmouni, Fabio R. Faucz, Maya B. Lodish, Adam R. Davis, and Constantine A. Stratakis)
It was recently found that ARMC5 variants may be associated with primary aldosteronism in blacks. A cohort from the MH‐GRID (Minority Health Genomics and Translational Research Bio‐Repository Database) investigated and tested the association between ARMC5 variants and blood pressure in blacks.
Editor's Note: Regional Differences in Secondary Prevention Therapy—Geography Should Not Be Destiny
Co-authored by Gregg C. Fonarow, MD (with Ann Marie Navar, MD, PhD)
An editorial commentary in the Journal of American Medical Association Cardiology (JAMA Cardiology) on regional variation in statin use as indicated by the study, “Association of Region and Hospital and Patient Characteristics With Use of High-Intensity Statins After Myocardial Infarction Among Medicare Beneficiaries.”

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