Nearly a quarter of heart failure patients hospitalized for COVID-19 died, with a particularly high risk for men, those with morbid obesity, and those of older age. (JACC: Heart Failure)
Managing COVID-19 risk in adults with congenital heart disease: the European Society of Cardiology has some suggestions. (ACC.org)
A few changes in the cath lab could help left-handed cardiologists. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
Explaining a negative cardiac CT in the setting of angina reduced reported chest pain one month later, a small randomized trial showed. (Cardiovascular Business)
Going beyond the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force abdominal aortic aneurysm screening guidelines to include the expanded Society for Vascular Surgery criteria might double the number of identified cases. (Journal of Vascular Surgery)
The Mediterranean diet came in first overall, while the keto and Dukan diets came in last in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual rankings. DASH tied with the Mediterranean diet for first place on heart health.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020-2025 are out and controversial, as usual. (CNN)
Higher sodium intake was actually associated with longer lifespan globally and in higher-income countries, in an analysis in the European Heart Journal.
The consensus for a composite of endpoints patients care about most in cardiovascular research, dubbed PACE: severe stroke with 14+ days in hospital or inpatient rehabilitation, ventilator dependence, new onset or worsening heart failure, nursing home admission, or new onset dialysis. (JAMA Network Open)
Injecting calcium chloride into the major atrial ganglionated plexi during coronary artery bypass grafting reduced the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation by 63% in a proof-of-concept study. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
Polycythemia vera was independently associated with a more than threefold risk of pulmonary arterial hypertension. (American Journal of Cardiology)
Insertable cardiac monitors were cost-effective for recurrent stroke prevention in cryptogenic stroke, as modeled from the CRYSTAL-AF trial. (Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research)