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Monday, November 9, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: Bang for the buck in stroke prevention: New and old drugs ♦ Weight is significant factor in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation

Bang for the buck in stroke prevention: New and old drugs When it comes to preventing stroke, millions of Americans with irregular heartbeats face a choice: Take one of the powerful but pricey new pills they see advertised on TV, or a much cheaper 60-year-old drug can be a hassle to take, and doesn't prevent stroke as well. It doesn't seem like much of a contest -- until you do the math.
MRI-based screening improves assignment of stroke patients to endovascular treatment A new system for determining which patients with severe strokes are most likely to benefit from catheter-based systems for blood clot removal led to a greater percentage of screened patients receiving treatment and to outcomes similar to recent studies that found significant treatment benefits.
Lowering blood pressure below current targets benefits a wide range of patients Using intensive treatment to lower blood pressure below currently recommended targets significantly reduces rates of major cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack among a wide range of high-risk patients, according to a large meta-analysis involving almost 45000 individuals.
Weight is significant factor in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation, Researchers have found that the recurrence of atrial fibrillation increases in patients who are overweight and decreases when patients are able to lose weight, and keep it off, following a cardiac ablation, according to two new studies

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