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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: Even Olympic athletes have cardiac abnormalities ♦ Pharmacists help patients control blood pressure ♦ Sleep apnea common among patients undergoing heart procedure

Pharmacists help patients control blood pressure Medical teams with a pharmacist helped patients with hypertension control their blood pressure more effectively. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death for Americans
Even Olympic athletes have cardiac abnormalities and may be at risk of cardiovascular disease Even athletes whose performance and fitness are at the very highest level may have life-threatening cardiovascular abnormalities. Indeed, a study of more than 2000 athletes eligible for the summer and winter Olympic games and screened for cardiovascular health has now revealed an unexpectedly high prevalence of cardiovascular conditions.
Atrial fibrillation after surgery increases risk of heart attacks, strokes  An irregular heartbeat following surgery known as postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) often is dismissed as a transient phenomenon. But a study has found that POAF can significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke during the first 12 months after surgery.
Sleep apnea common among patients undergoing heart procedure Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a coronary artery widening procedure used to treat heart disease, are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea

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