In a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living. Risk of dying from a range of causes, including cancer and heart disease, varied and will require further analysis and additional follow-up of study participants.
Men and women with high blood pressure reduced the need for antihypertensive medications within 16 weeks after making lifestyle changes, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions, an annual conference focused on recent advances in hypertension research.
Cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation programmes are a multi-facet intervention that is offered to patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease. The programme is usually delivered over a 6-12-week period by a multi-disciplinary team focusing on the prescription and up-titration of cardio-protective medication, smoking cessation, diet, physical activity and psychological support.
Prescriptions for antiplatelets and anticoagulation have never been higher; however, difficulties arise when stopped due to surgery or other procedures with no consensus on length of cessation or bridging therapies. We have searched the literature to create guidelines on cessation and bridging for physicians and surgeons prior to procedures.