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August 03, 2021

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Healio and Cardiology Today compiled a list of the most-read news in cardiology as of July 2021.

The readers were most interested in the hypotensive memory impairment; the effects of a plant-based diet on the risk of atherosclerosis; the first North American patient to receive a next-generation total artificial heart; and more.

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Certain antihypertensive drugs cause less memory loss in older adults

Older adults who received antihypertensive drugs that crossed the blood-brain barrier showed improved memory ability compared to those who received other types of antihypertensive drugs, according to new results. Continue reading

In omega-3 fatty acid studies, EPA alone leads to a greater reduction in cardiovascular risk compared to EPA plus DHA

In a meta-analysis of omega-3 fatty acid studies, eicosapentaenoic acid monotherapy resulted in the greatest reduction in cardiovascular risk compared to a combination of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Continue reading

Higher consumption of plant-based foods combined with a lower risk of arteriosclerosis

Diets high in plant-based foods were associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis compared to diets high in animal foods, according to a review published in Cardiovascular Research. Continue reading

First North American patient with a next-generation artificial heart

Duke University and Carmat announced that doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the first North American next-generation total artificial heart implantation. Continue reading

Ambulatory blood pressure readings can provide the best stroke prediction for older adults

In older adults, all ambulatory blood pressure measurements were associated with stroke risk, while office diastolic blood pressure was weak and central blood pressure measurements were not associated with stroke at all, the researchers reported. Continue reading

Omega-3s can play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease, but vitamin D supplements cannot

Studies of omega-3 fatty acids have shown that they could play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease, but that doesn’t apply to vitamin D supplements, according to a spokesman. Continue reading

Mobile device approved for fast ECG reading and QTc interval measurement

AliveCor announced that it has received FDA 510 (k) approval for its portable handheld ECG device for calculating a patient’s QTc interval. Continue reading

Methamphetamine-related HF hospitalization “insidious but rapidly growing”

Methamphetamine-related HF hospital admissions and their costs rose alarmingly compared to all HF hospital admissions from 2008 to 2018, researchers reported. Continue reading

ADAPTABLE indicates solutions to aspirin dose, conduct pragmatic studies

The ADAPTABLE study, presented and published in May, was notable in two ways: it provided aspirin dosage answers for patients in need of secondary CVD prevention, and it showed that a large-scale pragmatic study could work. Continue reading

AHA: Pediatric myocarditis is often caused by viruses

Myocarditis in children is most commonly caused by a viral infection, although there are a variety of infectious and non-infectious causes, according to a scientific statement by the American Heart Association. Continue reading

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