Younger Men Receive Faster Care for Heart Attacks, Angina Compared with Women of Same Age

A new study indicates that in younger adults experiencing heart attacks and angina, men are more likely to receive faster care compared with women. The study, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) , also found that gender-related factors affected access to care for both men and women. To understand why sex differences in mortality exist in … Continue reading Younger Men Receive Faster Care for Heart Attacks, Angina Compared with Women of Same Age

South Asians in Canada Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease Strategies Needed to Reduce Risk Factors in this High-Risk Group

Bottom Line: South Asians living in Canada have a higher rate of heart disease and double the rate of diabetes compared with white people, reports a new study in CMAJ Open. Background Information: More than 1 million people South Asian people (whose ethnicity hails from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh) live in Canada, comprising … Continue reading South Asians in Canada Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease Strategies Needed to Reduce Risk Factors in this High-Risk Group

Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressures Predict Risk of Different Cardiovascular Diseases

Bottom Line: Raised systolic and diastolic blood pressures may have different effects on different types of cardiovascular diseases and at different ages, according to new research involving 1.25 million patients from primary care practices in England published in a special themed issue of The Lancet.  The issue is published ahead of ahead of Hypertension 2014, the Joint Meeting … Continue reading Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressures Predict Risk of Different Cardiovascular Diseases

Outdated Assumptions Make Evolutionary Researchers Ignore Female Genitalia

Bottom Line: Animal genitalia are structurally diverse organs that can evolve rapidly under powerful selective forces exerted by the peculiarities of sexual reproduction. An overarching review of the existing evolutionary biology literature on animal genitalia, however, has shown that in recent decades the field has been increasingly and unjustifiably biased towards the study of male … Continue reading Outdated Assumptions Make Evolutionary Researchers Ignore Female Genitalia

Counselling Parameters For Heparin

Heparin: Heparin initiates anticoagulation (stop clotting formation) rapidly but has a short duration of action. It inhibits reaction lead to clotting. Therapeutic Class: Anticoagulant Counselling For Indications: Many drugs are used for the treatment of different diseases however a single drug is also used for the treatment of many diseases. Heparin is used for the … Continue reading Counselling Parameters For Heparin

Medication Does Not Reduce Risk of Recurrent Cardiovascular Events Among Patients With Diabetes

Bottom Line: Use of the drug aleglitazar, which has shown the ability to lower glucose levels and have favorable effects on cholesterol, did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke among patients with type 2 diabetes and recent heart attack or unstable angina, according to a JAMA study released online to coincide with … Continue reading Medication Does Not Reduce Risk of Recurrent Cardiovascular Events Among Patients With Diabetes

Supplements Not Associated with Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly

Bottom Line:  Daily dietary supplements of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (also found in fish) or lutein and zeaxanthin (nutrients found in green leafy vegetables) were not associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in elderly patients with the eye disease age-related macular degeneration, Author:  The writing group for the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 … Continue reading Supplements Not Associated with Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly

Blood Transfusion For Patients Undergoing PCI Associated With Increased Risk of In-Hospital Cardiac Event

In an analysis that included more than two million patients who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI; procedures such as balloon angioplasty or stent placement used to open narrowed coronary arteries), there was considerable variation in red blood cell transfusion practices among hospitals across the U.S., and receiving a transfusion was associated with an increased risk … Continue reading Blood Transfusion For Patients Undergoing PCI Associated With Increased Risk of In-Hospital Cardiac Event

About 1 in 10 Patients Suffer Pain up to 2 Years After Cardiac Surgery

About 10% of patients who have had cardiac surgery suffer from persistent postoperative pain 2 years after surgery, according to a large, multicentre study designed to assess risk factors for this pain published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Cardiac surgeries, including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve replacement, are performed frequently around the world but … Continue reading About 1 in 10 Patients Suffer Pain up to 2 Years After Cardiac Surgery

Counseling Parameters for Verapamil

Verapamil is commonly used for the treatment and management of hypertension and angina as it works by relaxing the muscles of heart and blood vessels. It is the the domain of pharmacist to counsel the patients regarding different aspects of drugs and diseases. Here you will get some key points that will be helpful during counselling to … Continue reading Counseling Parameters for Verapamil