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People with severe gum disease may be twice as likely to have increased blood pressure Adults with periodontitis, a severe gum infection, may be significantly more likely to have higher blood pressure compared to individuals who had healthy gums, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal.



Instant death from heart attack more common in people who do not exercise Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally and prevention is a major public health priority. The beneficial impact of physical activity in stopping heart disease and sudden death on a population level is well documented. This study focused on the effect of an active versus sedentary lifestyle on the immediate course of a heart attack – an area with little information.



Left atrial appendage closure versus medical therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation: the APPLY study Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with AMPLATZER occluders is used for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). Net clinical benefit compared to medical therapy has not been tested. The aim of this study was to test whether long-term clinical outcome after LAAC with AMPLATZER occluders may be similar to medical therapy.



Cell Therapy for Anthracycline-Induced Cardiomyopathy Safe, Feasible Fran Lowry In yet another trial of cell therapy for heart failure, this time in cancer survivors with anthracycline-induced cardiomyopathy (AIC), administration of allogeneic bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (allo-MSCs) was shown to be safe and feasible.



Randomized Trial of Transfusion Strategies in Patients With Myocardial Infarction and Anemia - REALITY The REALITY trial showed that a restrictive PRBC transfusion strategy (transfusion for Hgb ≤8 g/dl, goal Hgb 8-10 g/dl) is noninferior to a more liberal strategy (transfusion for Hgb ≤10 g/dl, goal Hgb >11 g/dl).



Steroids Linked to Increased Hypertension in RA Although the adverse effects of systemic glucorticosteroids (GCs) are well known, their association with hypertension in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been unclear.



Antihypertensives Linked to Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer Treating hypertension with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) was associated with a reduced risk for colorectal cancer, according to findings from a large retrospective study.



Cancer and heart disease services put at risk by coronavirus response Around half of countries worldwide have witnessed partial or complete disruption to health services for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer since the coronavirus pandemic began, the World Health Organization has warned.



Diagnosis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: What Every Cardiologist Needs to Know Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common inherited monogenic cardiac disorder, affecting 0.2-0.5% of the population.



New Focus on Renin-Angiotensin System Role in COVID-19 Two new studies have been published that further focus attention on how the renin–angiotensin system — and specifically the ACE2 receptor — may be involved in COVID-19 infection.


Distress-Related Metabolite Levels Predicts Future Cardiovascular Events
Distress-Related Metabolite Levels Predicts Future Cardiovascular Events A metabolite-based distress score derived from measurements of molecular biomarkers in women related to chronic distress can predict future risk for cardiovascular disease. The study covered in this summary was published in medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed.


Ending Rheumatic Heart Disease is achievable if we put our heads and minds to it
Ending Rheumatic Heart Disease is achievable if we put our heads and minds to it Preventable, yet persistent, Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is the most commonly acquired heart disease in people under 25 years of age. The World Heart Federation (WHF) is committed to the fight to ensure cardiovascular health for everyone. Through WHF’s network of Members and the power of personal testimonials, we are spreading awareness that RHD can be prevented, diagnosed, and treated. This editorial was authored by WHF Director of Policy and Advocacy Jeremiah Mwangi and was first published in FORESIGHT Global Health on 19 August 2021.


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EAS Helsinki 2021 Virtual.  THE RISE OF CARDIOMETABOLIC DISEASE
EAS Helsinki 2021 Virtual. THE RISE OF CARDIOMETABOLIC DISEASE Not only are we living in a COVID-19 pandemic, but also an accelerating pandemic of cardiometabolic disease, requiring renewed focus. The third plenary session discussed options to address this escalation in cardiometabolic disease.


COVID-19 vaccine benefits still outweigh risks, despite possible rare heart complications. Statement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
COVID-19 vaccine benefits still outweigh risks, despite possible rare heart complications. Statement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Late last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted health care professionals that they are monitoring the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for cases of young adults developing the rare heart-related complication myocarditis, after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.


Administration of patients during and after a coronavirus pandemic. Interview with professor Mekhman N. Mamedov.
Administration of patients during and after a coronavirus pandemic. Interview with professor Mekhman N. Mamedov. Dear Colleagues! On April 27, 2021, at the initiative of the Indonesian Society of Cardiology, an online meeting was held with one of the leading experts of Russia in the cardiology, Professor Mekhman N. Mamedov



Six pregnancy complications are among red flags  for heart disease later in life. American Heart Association Scientific Statement
Six pregnancy complications are among red flags for heart disease later in life. American Heart Association Scientific Statement Six pregnancy-related complications - high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, preterm delivery, small-for-gestational-age delivery, pregnancy loss or placental abruption – increase a woman’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published today in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation.


X International forum of cardiology and internal medicine
X International forum of cardiology and internal medicine Dear Colleagues! The jubilee X International Forum of Cardiology and Internal medicine in the online format has completed. Event diaries, abstract book, forum report, and full versions of video recordings of lectures are presented at the links


Eating meat ‘raises risk of heart disease, diabetes and pneumonia
Eating meat ‘raises risk of heart disease, diabetes and pneumonia UK researchers find link between regular meat intake and nine non-cancerous illnesses. Eating meat regularly increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia and other serious illnesses, research has found.


COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers. What You Need to Know
COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers. What You Need to Know As most of the world hopes for an end to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, trust in a vaccine provides a glimmer of hope. Limited quantities of 2 anti-COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States, mandating prioritizing populations for vaccination. Healthcare workers (HCW) are key on the list, as they are on COVID-19 care front lines and are at high risk for exposure and transmission.