Safety and Efficacy of Two Types of Blood Thinners Compared in a Primary Care Setting

Adults taking blood thinners, such as an anticoagulant Vitamin K antagonist medication like warfarin, were shown to have a lower incidence of overall bleeding events compared to those taking direct oral anticoagulants. However, the study also showed two times higher incidence of death in the VKA group. Researchers tracked 1,882 adult primary care patients treated […]

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Optimize Management of Atrial Fibrillation with Better Lifestyle Habits

Weight loss, regular physical activity and other lifestyle changes are effective yet underused strategies that should be added to optimize management of atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm), according to “Lifestyle and Risk Factor Modification for Reduction of Atrial Fibrillation,” a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published in the Association’s flagship journal […]

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Coronavirus Incubation Period Up To 5 Days

Evidence suggests that persons infected with SARS-CoV-2, the newly-identified virus that causes coronavirus disease COVID-19, may be symptom-free for about 5 days on average, and should expect to experience symptoms within 12 days. These findings, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, support current recommendations by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to […]

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Heart Disease and Death Lowered Risk Linked to Fish Oil Supplements

Regular use of fish oil supplements may be linked to a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease events, such as heart attack and stroke, suggests an analysis of data from the UK Biobank study, published in The BMJ. Further studies should explore what dose is needed to achieve a clinically meaningful effect, say the […]

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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Not Associated with Moderate Egg Intake

A new study published by The BMJ adds to evidence that moderate egg consumption (up to 1 egg per day) is not associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Eggs are an affordable source of high-quality protein, iron and unsaturated fatty acids, but due to their cholesterol content, the association between egg intake and cardiovascular disease risk […]

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Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Doubles in Older Adults with Irregular Sleep Patterns

Older adults with irregular sleep patterns–meaning they have no regular bedtime and wakeup schedule, or they get different amounts of sleep each night–are nearly twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those with more regular sleep patterns, according to a new study funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), […]

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