Liver Disease Linked to Higher Rate of Cardiovascular Disease

Key Takeaway Patients with liver disease had a twofold higher incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those without liver disease, with notable geographical variations, in an observational study. The paper is published as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Why This Matters The study highlights significant geographical variations of liver disease burden, suggesting possible variations in risk […]

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USPSTF Rules Out Aspirin for Over 60s in Primary CVD Prevention

New draft recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on the use of aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have been released and appear to limit the population in which it should be considered.   “The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD events in adults ages 40 […]

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Cardiovascular disease: How signal proteins of the immune system regulate the development of atherosclerosis

Medical researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have uncovered how signal proteins of the immune system regulate the development of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is one of the most common causes of death in Germany. The condition is characterized by the buildup of cholesterol and other fatty metabolites in the arterial wall directly below the endothelial cell layer, which is in direct […]

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Aspirin use for cardiovascular disease may reduce likelihood of COVID-19 infection

Aspirin is an established, safe, and low-cost medication in long-standing common use in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and in the past a pain relief and fever reducing medication. The use of aspirin was very popular during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, several decades before in-vitro confirmation of its activity against RNA viruses. Studies showed that aspirin, in addition […]

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Tailor-made drugs to treat epilepsy or cardiovascular diseases

In order for a drug to be effective at the right places in the body, it helps if scientists can predict as accurately as possible how the molecules of that drug will interact with human cells. In a joint research project, scientists from Collaborative Research Centre 1423 at Leipzig University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai have succeeded […]

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Limiting Cardiovascular Risk Using Akkermansia

Akkermansia muciniphila is a mucin-degrading bacterium found in the human intestine. Recently, studies have shown that A. muciniphila is potentially effective in reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Image Credit: MDGRPHCS/Shutterstock.com How bacteria can benefit human systems? According to research using a mouse model, one type of intestinal bacterium, A. muciniphila, can reduce the risk of developing […]

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Automated AI algorithm uses routine imaging to predict cardiovascular risk

Coronary artery calcification—the buildup of calcified plaque in the walls of the heart’s arteries—is an important predictor of adverse cardiovascular events like heart attacks. Coronary calcium can be detected by computed tomography (CT) scans, but quantifying the amount of plaque requires radiological expertise, time and specialized equipment. In practice, even though chest CT scans are fairly common, calcium score CTs […]

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Risk for Fatal Cardiovascular Events High in Many T2DM Patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2020 — About half of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have a very high risk for fatal cardiovascular (CV) events, according to a research letter published online Nov. 13 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Ana M. Cebrián-Cuenca, M.D., Ph.D., from the Servicio Murciano de Salud in Cartagena, Spain, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional […]

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Large Study Finds No Link Between Blood Pressure Medications and Cancer

Researchers who looked at 31 studies involving 260,000 participants said there is no evidence blood pressure medications increase the risk of cancer. They said they hoped the research would help ease concerns from people taking the medications about past reports of a possible link to cancer. Experts say it’s important to keep blood pressure under control since it can lead […]

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