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On the 3erd day of the European Cardiology Congress 2022 the INVICTUS study was presented, including 4565 patients with atrial fibrillation secondary to rheumatism driven CAD. The aim of this study was to compare the use of Rivaroxaban vs vitamin K antagonists (VKA) in this populations. Mean age was 50 and most patients were women. 

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ESC 2022 | PERSPECTIVE: Efficacy and Safety of Sacubitril/Valsartan Compared with Valsartan in Cognitive Function of Patients with Cardiac Failure and Preserved Function

About 30 to 80% of patients with heart failure (HF) have some sort of cognitive impairment, with a higher risk of dementia than the general population.  A component of sacubitril/valsartan inhibits neprilysin—an enzyme involved in amyloid-β peptide degradation (Alzheimer’s disease)—, and that could worsen cognitive impairment. The PERSPECTIVE study is the first randomized trial to

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ESC 2022 | SECURE Trial

This study, presented by Dr. Valentin Fuster, focused on the importance of medical treatment compliance, initially showing data from the FOCUS study where the poor compliance observed in patients after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) event was improved by creating a polypill (aspirin, simvastatin, and ramipril). Based on this, the SECURE randomized study was conducted

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The TIME study, presented by Dr. Thomas MacDonald, is a randomized study of over 21,000 patients with high blood pressure with a follow-up beyond 5 years. As is widely known, high blood pressure is the leading global cause of early death, accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2015, of which 4.9 million were caused by

Safety of Acetylcholine in the Cath Lab

The concepts of ischemia with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (INOCA) and myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (MINOCA) have been established, widely spread, accepted, and included in the different guidelines that support our clinical practice. Among INOCA and MINOCA we find vasospastic angina (VSA) caused by epicardial vessel spasms and angina caused by microvascular

ticagrelor vs. aspirina

Empagliflozin: Better Quality of Life for Patients with Cardiac Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction

Empagliflozin has shown early and sustained improved quality of life (at least for a year) in patients with cardiac failure and preserved function. Patients with cardiac failure and preserved ejection fraction present a deteriorated quality of life. The EMPEROR-Preserved assessed the efficacy of Empagliflozin in several baseline health status assessments. HRQoL was measured using the

Dieta proinflamatoria y su potencial para desencadenar eventos cardiovasculares

Dietary Guidelines to Improve Cardiovascular Health in 2021

A poor diet is associated with high risk of heart disease, morbidity and mortality.  This scientific document emphasizes the importance of a dietary pattern beyond food or nutrients: it highlights the critical role of early nutrition, presents us with elements to build healthy eating habits and underscores the need to introduce structural changes to achieve

Estenosis aórtica moderada y disfunción ventricular ¿debería apurarse la indicación del recambio?

Swan Ganz Associated with Better Outcomes in Cardiogenic Shock: Is It Back?

The Swan Ganz catheter has been used in the clinical practice for years. However, its usefulness remains under discussion and its use keeps dropping.   A new analysis published in JAHA might bring it back at least in the context of cardiogenic shock, where it showed improved prognosis and more effective complexity management.  Recently, the lack

AHA 2021 | CRAVE: Seguridad del café para los trastornos del ritmo

AHA 2021 | CRAVE: Coffee Safety in Rhythm Disorders

On the one side, caffeine can increase arrythmias or interfere with sleeping, but on the other hand, it helps people feel more energetic and do more physical activity.  These data contribute to the evidence supporting the fact that people who present, or are at risk of presenting supra ventricular arrythmias or atrial fibrillation might not

hipertensión refractaria

Hypertensive Patients: Maximizing Doses or Adding New Drugs

Adding new medication in moderate doses to control hypertension conveniently maximizes efficacy, reduces adverse effects and minimizes costs, among other advantages.  On the flipside, patients having to remember a whole list of drugs and their combination will often lead to non-adherence or forgetfulness. The latter has been shown not only by dedicated trials, but also

ESC 2021 | STEP: Blood Pressure Values in the Elderly, A Never-Ending Debate

The results of the STEP study were presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2021 Congress! The main finding from this research was that an ideal target of 110 mmHg or at least <130 mmHg blood pressure (compared with a target of 130 mmHg or at least 150 mmHg) yielded an absolute risk reduction of composite events of