Months of medical marijuana use lowered 24-hour blood pressure among older adults with hypertension in a prospective study. (European Journal of Internal Medicine)
Thousands of redundant clinical trials on statins in China left thousands of participants with cardiac events — including deaths — that might have been prevented by active treatment. (The BMJ)
Abiomed’s Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist percutaneous heart pump had 79% of cardiogenic shock recipients survive to explant, most of whom recovered without the need for additional mechanical support or heart transplant. (MassDevice)
The biggest mortality risk with dextrocardia is uncorrected malformation, according to a medRxiv preprint from China that has not yet been peer reviewed.
COVID-19 may raise risk of thrombosis of prosthetic heart valves. (Cardiovascular Business, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging)
Fitness trackers helped people hang on to the exercise habits they started in cardiac rehabilitation. (RTI International)
A study validated the Canadian TIA Score for stratifying 7-day stroke and procedural risk after transient ischemic attack. (The BMJ)
A Swedish study documented just how high COVID-19 raises mortality risk from cardiac arrest, whether in or out of the hospital. (European Heart Journal)
Women have held 16.7% of chair or co-chair roles on American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines over the past 15 years, without much improvement during that time. (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes)
Elevated heart risk may start in childhood for Black patients. (Journal of the American Heart Association)
Hypertension appeared causally associated with atrial fibrillation in a mendelian randomization study. (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)
Eating a lot of refined grain was associated with higher risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease events in the international PURE study. (The BMJ)
The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography released expert consensus guidance on coronary CT angiography.
The American College of Cardiology and Society for Vascular Surgery teamed up on a vascular registry.