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Oportunidades perdidas en pacientes con enfermedad vascular periférica

Though Systolic BP Seems More Important, Diastolic BP Should Not Be Disregarded

Though Systolic BP Seems More Important, Diastolic BP Should Not Be Disregarded

Systolic hypertension is more often associated to cardiovascular events. However, diastolic blood pressure should not be disregarded, since it can also predict even worse outcomes. Although systolic blood pressure is very frequently associated to adverse cardiovascular events, by no means should diastolic blood pressure be considered unimportant. Such is the message of this study recently

Nuevas alternativas prometedoras para la insuficiencia mitral

Dietary Supplements and Diets Show No Impact on Cardiovascular Risk

Americans spend billions in dietary supplements every year but, in truth, this money is only wasted, according to evidence form a recent study published in Intern Med. Most of dietary interventions and nutritional supplements including multi-vitamins, selenium and antioxidants, do not reduce cardiovascular risk or mortality, according to this large analysis and systematic revision of

Las nuevas guías Europeas de Hipertensión contrastan con las Americanas

Many Guidelines, Much Confusion. Blood Pressure Targets in the Elderly

Seeing as hypertension prevalence and incidence increases with age, treating elderly patients of paramount importance. The AHA/ACC guidelines have lowered cohort hypertension thresholds to >130/80 mmHg, whereas the European guidelines have kept the classic >140/90 mmHg, though recommending lower thresholds for most patients at the same time. Lower than 130/80 mmHg is recommended with the

¿Se justifica utilizar filtro de protección distal en los puentes venosos?

After Much Toing and Froing, Gastrointestinal Protection Is Back to the Forefront

Several clinical guidelines differ in their recommendation regarding the prescription of proton pump inhibitors to patients being treated with dual antiplatelet therapy after infarction. In 2015, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommended their use in patients with high bleeding risk; however, in the 2017 update that recommendation became general after the assumption that, for

terapia antitrombótica triple

Antithrombotic Strategies in Atrial Fibrillation and Angioplasty

What is the most appropriate antithrombotic strategy for a patient with atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, particularly when admitted with acute coronary syndrome or undergoing coronary angioplasty? This is a question whose answer is still in the works and that literature is addressing dynamically. Whatever we read yesterday may already be out of date

ticagrelor vs. aspirina

Aspirin in Primary Prevention: Another “Trendy” Topic in Publications

Aspirin is the standard treatment when it comes to optimal medical treatment in the context of secondary prevention of coronary artery disease, in patients with diagnosed, established atherosclerosis. Even though bleeding risk is rather small in the short period an acute event takes place, it increases substantially over time. However, the evidence clearly supports the

Doble antiagregación: menos es más en añosos.

Cardiovascular Risk, Dual Antiplatelet Therapy, and Age. What Should We Know?

Non-adherence to dual antiplatelet therapy varies with age and patients older than 75 years old are those who discontinue treatment most frequently. However, this characteristic in elderly patients was not associated with more cardiovascular events. Treatment compliance protected patients younger than 75 years old from events, while there was increased cardiovascular risk among this population

EuroPCR 2019 | Global Leaders: La monoterapia con ticagrelor a largo plazo podría tener un lugar en angioplastias complejas.

EuroPCR 2019 | Global Leaders: Ticagrelor Monotherapy at Long Term Could Have a Role in Complex PCI

This post hoc analysis of what had been a trial with negative outcomes should be considered only as a hypothesis generator. Patients receiving complex PCI treated with ticagrelor monotherapy after one-month dual antiaggregation therapy (DAPT) showed better results at 2 years when compared against patients receiving a conventional DAPT scheme. In the global analysis, this

TAVI: la estrategia minimalista es favorable en el EPOC severo

Bariatric Surgery Associated with a Lower Rate of Mortality Due to Infarction and Stroke

Prior bariatric surgery in a patient with morbid obesity is associated with a significant effect on survival after infarction or stroke. While these are observational data, the significant metabolic improvement experienced after the surgery can explain perfectly such findings. This large nationwide registry of bariatric surgery found a 40% decrease in the risk of death,

The First Antidote Against Ticagrelor Is a Rapid-Acting, Extended Effect Agent in Preliminary Results

This study attempts to test drug PB2452 for use in cases of catastrophic bleeding and, then, its potential use in other scenarios involving patients receiving ticagrelor. This specific ticagrelor reversal agent stops immediately and substantially the effect of the aforementioned P2Y12 receptor antagonist according to several test measurements conducted during this phase 1 trial in

¿El alcohol es bueno, malo o neutro para la salud cardiovascular?

Is Alcohol Good, Bad, or Neutral for Cardiovascular Health?

In the 2018 Guidelines on Hypertension, commandment no. 6 states that we should make lifestyle interventions such as sodium restriction, healthy eating, regular exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation, and also alcohol moderation. It is clear that heavy alcohol consumption induces hypertension and may probably be one of the main causes of secondary hypertension, but