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Statins in Primary Prevention: As Questioned as Aspirin?

Statins in Primary Prevention: As Questioned as Aspirin?

This new review, recently published in BMJ, questions the benefit of statins in low-risk primary prevention patients. Authors argue that statins should be more cautiously indicated in primary prevention, considering that their absolute benefit is almost marginal in low-risk patients. Changes in the European guidelines have translated into a wide expansion of patients eligible for

Cantidad de horas de sueño y riesgo de infarto de miocardio

Hours of Sleep and Myocardial Infarction Risk

This is one of the first studies to prospectively assess this association, and its outcomes support the idea that poor sleep is a potential MI risk factor.  Even though we need further data to be able to modify the current sleep duration standards as part of life-style change recommendations, it seems reasonable to start bearing

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

In a decade, minimally invasive procedures will replace open-heart surgery entirely

Minimally invasive interventions allow us to respond to any complications related to the heart, so it is expected to decrease open-heart surgery dramatically; in a decade, minimally invasive procedures definitely replace conventional surgery. This was highlighted on Wednesday during the XXV Meeting of the Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology of the Spanish Society of Cardiology

Menopause increases cardiovascular risk in women

More than three out of ten deaths in Spain are due to cardiovascular disease, although in the case of women the risk is more closely associated with the onset of menopause, said today the Spanish Association for the Study of Menopause (AEEM). In women, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, which is the

The first simulated 3D heart has been presented and could predict responses to treatments

Dassault Systèmes announces the launch of the first model of the world based on virtual 3D simulation of the whole human heart. Developed with a multidisciplinary team of experts to help fight cardiovascular disease, “Living Heart” project will mark a new frontier in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease through personalized 3D virtual

A new link between red meat and cardiovascular disease has been found

The L-carnitine, a compound abundant in red meat and often added as a complement to many energy drinks, could be promoting atherosclerosis according to research published in Nature Medicine. The study, by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic (USA), shows that the bacteria in the human digestive tract metabolize L-carnitine, making trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a metabolite that

Egg white is used to lower blood pressure

A Chinese study revealed that a protein in eggs could be effective in regulating blood pressure and reducing its level. Its ability to inhibit the action of a substance that raises the pressure has already been discovered. Eggwhite does not affect the cholesterol rate and can be consumed without restrictions. But now, in addition, Chinese

Cutting down on sleep impairs blood vessel functions

A new study found that reducing the duration of sleep for two consecutive nights leads to a less healthy vascular function and impaired breathing control. The researchers worked with eight healthy adult volunteers aged 20-35 and for the first two nights of the study participants slept for eight hours a night but from there on,

The more time a person spends watching TV, the worse their vascular functions become.

There is a connection between the number of hours a person spends watching TV and his/her cardiovascular health. The results of this study, which were recently published in the American Journal of Hypertension, are taken from the work on healthy lifestyles collected from six primary care centers in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Cuenca, Bilbao, Valladolid and Salamanca.