How low to go for blood pressure? Lower target could affect millions of Americans At least 16.8 million Americans could benefit from lowering their systolic blood pressure to 120 mmHg, much lower than current guidelines.
Diabetes drug reduces risk of heart failure and may prevent it, Research shows that a type 2 diabetes drug significantly reduces hospitalizations and death from heart failure. At the end of the trial period, investigators found that patients treated with the drug experienced reductions in blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as weight loss. They also found major significant reductions in hospitalizations for heart failure (35%); the combined result for heart failure hospitalization or dying from heart disease (34%).
Long-term effects of wireless heart failure monitor just released Long-term data collected on the use of an FDA-approved wireless heart failure monitor shows the treatment cut hospitalizations nearly in half and significantly reduced risk of death in patients.
Combination therapy reduces occurrence, number of migraines following cardiac procedure Scientists randomly assigned 171 patients with an indication for atrial septal defect (ASD) closure and no history of migraine to receive dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin + clopidogrel [the clopidogrel group], n = 84) or single antiplatelet therapy (aspirin + placebo [the placebo group], n = 87) for 3 months following transcatheter ASD closure.