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AHA Issues New Advice on Managing Stage 1 Hypertension
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950205

Apr 28th, 2021 - Clinicians should consider the use of medication for adults with untreated stage 1 hypertension (130–139/80–89 mm Hg) whose 10-year risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is <10% and who fail to meet the blood pressure goal of <130/80 mm Hg after 6 months of guideline-based lifestyle therapy, the American Heart Association (AHA) advises in new scientific statement. The statement was pu...

AHA Guidance on Blood Clots Linked to COVID-19 Vaccine
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950231

Apr 28th, 2021 - A newly released report is offering guidance concerning rare conditions associated with COVID-19 as well as vaccines against the virus. The report was released today by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Council Leadership in answer to the decision last Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ...

Vadadustat for Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: Questions Remain
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950130

Apr 27th, 2021 - Oral vadadustat, one of a new class of hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors (HIF-PHIs), is effective in the treatment of anemia in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but cardiovascular safety outcomes fall short of conventional injectable therapy among patients who are not dependent on dialysis, new data show. "We found that, among patients with non–dialysis-dependent C...

Infective Endocarditis From IV Drug Use Tied to Hemorrhagic Stroke
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949994

Apr 26th, 2021 - One consequence of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States may be an increase in the number of hemorrhagic strokes caused by infective endocarditis, research suggests. Intravenous drug use (IVDU) can cause this bacterial infection of the heart. In a single-center study, infective endocarditis was associated with an increase in the risk for hemorrhagic stroke as well as an increase in h...

USPSTF Reaffirms Advice to Screen Adults for Hypertension
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950039

Apr 26th, 2021 - The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) continues to recommend that clinicians screen all adults aged 18 years and older for high blood pressure and that they confirm a diagnosis of hypertension with blood pressure measurements taken outside the office before starting treatment. This grade A recommendation is consistent with the 2015 recommendation from the task force. Hypertension affec...

Being Overweight Ups Risk for Severe COVID-19 in Hospital
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949996

Apr 26th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. In a global meta-analysis of more than 7000 patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19, individuals with overweight or obesity were more likely to need respiratory support but were not more likely to die in the hospital than individuals of normal weight. Compared to patients without diabetes, ...

How Hackers Hold Hospitals, and Your Health, for Ransom
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950022

Apr 26th, 2021 -   Brian Selfridge knew his time was up. From his perch in a locked conference room with the blinds half closed, he could see two members of the hospital IT team rounding the corner with what looked like a clear sense of purpose. He suppressed a smile as he watched the pair running circles around each other. One of them ― brow furrowed, eyes buried in an open laptop ― walked right past his room,...

Smartphone-Based A-fib Screening Works in American Indian Populations
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949829

Apr 25th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of a smartphone-based single-lead ECG is a good way to identify silent atrial fibrillation (AF) in the adult American Indian population, according to a new study. American Indians have higher risk of atrial fibrillation compared with all other racial and ethnic groups. Yet, "systematic screening among American Indians has never been done before, and the true rate...

A New Biomarker of Traumatic Brain Injury?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949972

Apr 25th, 2021 - Plasma levels of von Willebrand factor may be a useful biomarker of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its severity, new research suggests. "Reliable detection of this biomarker at very early time points may allow for prompt TBI detection and therefore intervention," study investigator Rachel Elizabeth Thomas, MD, PhD, a neurology resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylv...

Study: COVID-19 Can Kill Months After Infection
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949862

Apr 22nd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Long-haul COVID-19 patients face many health threats — including a higher chance of dying — up to 6 months after they catch the virus, according to a massive study published in the journal Nature. A second study, released by the CDC on Friday, also found lingering symptoms months later among COV...

FDA Class I Recall for Some Cordis Carotid Stent Systems
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949852

Apr 22nd, 2021 - Cordis Corporation, part of Cardinal Health, has recalled certain lots of its Precise PRO Rx carotid stent system due to a risk of separation of the distal tip of the sheathed delivery system during use. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified this recall as class I, the most serious type, because of the potential for serious injury or death. "If the device separates during use...

FDA Clears Brain-Computer Interface Device to Aid Stroke Rehab
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949870

Apr 22nd, 2021 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the IpsiHand Upper Extremity Rehabilitation System (IpsiHand System), a noninvasive device that uses a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients recover use of their hands and arms. This authorization "offers certain chronic stroke patients undergoing stroke rehabilitation an additional treatment option to help them move their hands ...

COVID-19 Linked to New-Onset Epileptic Seizures
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949769

Apr 21st, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 is linked to novel seizures and subsequent adverse outcomes, including death, in patients without a previous history of epilepsy, new research shows. In a retrospective study of more than 900 patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, those without a known history of epilepsy had ...

Long-term Benefit for DBS in Treating Parkinson's Motor Symptoms
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949788

Apr 21st, 2021 - Deep brain stimulation (DBS) significantly improves motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) over the long term regardless of the therapeutic target, new research shows. In the longest follow-up study comparing the subthalamic nucleus (STN) or the globus pallidus (GPi) as treatment targets for PD, investigators found DBS was effective at 10 years regardless of which of these two...

How COVID-19 Affects the Brain, With a Cameo by Dr Fauci
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949678

Apr 21st, 2021 - This year's American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, which was held virtually, devoted the entire "Hot Topics" Plenary Session to the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote address featured Dr Anthony S. Fauci, who needs no introduction, and Dr Walter J. Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). AAN Science Committee Chair Natalia S. Rost, MD...

Arterial Thromboembolism Risk Varies Across Cancer Types, Ages
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949662

Apr 20th, 2021 - Patients with cancer face an increased risk of arterial thromboembolic events, including myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, and for some that risk appears substantial, according to a new population-based study. For example, the 6-month incidence of arterial thromboembolism (ATE) was 4.09% among men older than age 75 with diabetes and a diagnosis of bladder cancer but only 0.12% among women ...

At-home Hospital-Level Care May Allow Some Frail Seniors to Remain in Their Homes
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949563

Apr 20th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Hospital-level care provided at home to medically unwell seniors who had received a comprehensive geriatric assessment did not lead to worse outcomes at six months compared with hospitalization, a UK study finds. In the trial, more 1,000 patients (average age 83) were randomly assigned 2:1 to receive hospital-at-home (HAH) care or to be hospitalized. At the six-month follow-u...

Black Patients Less Likely to Receive Acute Stroke Treatment
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949706

Apr 20th, 2021 - Race and insurance status appear to influence whether patients receive stroke treatment with thrombolysis and endovascular therapy (EVT), new research shows. In a study of data from three states, investigators found that black patients were 18% to 35% less likely to receive thrombolysis and 31% less likely to receive EVT than their white counterparts. In addition, patients insured through Medic...

Doctors Say Clot Treatment Advice Key to US Resuming J&J COVID Vaccines
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949499

Apr 19th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Resuming the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in the United States will require clear guidelines for the medical community on how to best treat patients that develop a rare type of blood clot, as well as alerting vaccine recipients to be aware of the telltale symptoms, according to heart doctors and other medical experts. U.S. health regulators recommended last week that ...

Transgender Hormone Therapy Linked to Blood Pressure Changes
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949508

Apr 18th, 2021 - Transgender people treated with gender-affirming hormone therapy show distinctive changes in blood pressure that begin soon after treatment initiation and do not subside over years of treatment, according to the largest and longest observational study to date to look at the issue. "Many physicians may not be aware of the changes to blood pressure in trans patients who start hormone therapy," se...