Cardiology

AHA introduces heart failure certification program

(HealthDay)—A hospital certification program offered by the American Heart Association (AHA) and The Joint Commission will be made available to hospitals seeking to implement exceptional efforts to foster better quality ...

Cardiology

Protease inhibitors may worsen outcomes for HIV + heart failure

(HealthDay)—Ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor (PI) therapy is associated with worse outcomes, including death, in patients with HIV and heart failure, according to a study published in the July 31 issue of the Journal ...

Cardiology

Rapid improvement of dilated cardiomyopathy with anakinra

(HealthDay)—In a report published online July 31 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors describe the case of a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy who experienced rapid clinical improvements with use of anakinra, the ...

Diabetes

Risk of heart failure up in ALVSD patients with diabetes

(HealthDay)—For patients with asymptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction (ALVSD), those with diabetes have increased risk of heart failure development and hospitalization, according to a study published in the June ...

Medications

Affected by the valsartan heart drug recall? here's what to do

(HealthDay)—After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that certain brands of blood pressure medicines contained a carcinogen and were being recalled, many patients may wonder what's next for their ...

Diabetes

Elevated NT-proBNP found to up cardiovascular risk in T2DM

(HealthDay)—Elevated baseline N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is independently associated with development of major cardiovascular (CV) events, in particular hospitalization for heart failure, according ...

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