Smoking tobacco in waterpipes, more commonly known as hookahs, results in inhaling toxic chemicals, often at levels exceeding cigarette smoke, that may harm the heart and blood vessels, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) especially affects women and the elderly. The authors review the importance of the heterogeneity of this condition and its implications on therapeutic approaches. Although there are no sex-specific recommendations regarding the evaluation and management of HFpEF in women compared with men, women are more likely to have the HFpEF phenotype than HFrEF.
A daily aspirin is a commonly used, generally safe therapy for people who need help preventing heart attacks or stroke.
A new study has found that patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease cut their risk of a second major adverse cardiovascular event by almost 50 percent, if they adhere to taking a statin medication as prescribed by their doctors.
Patients taking diuretics are often at risk for low potassium levels, which can put patients at an increased risk of death from cardiac arrhythmias or other causes. But researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that taking prescription potassium supplements can reduce these patients’ risk by nearly 10 percent as daily outdoor temperatures increase—a time when patients may be at highest risk due to loss of potassium while sweating.