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Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds

Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds
Veronica Hackethal, MD
May 13, 2016

DALLAS, TX — The risk of falls that cause serious injuries goes up over 2 weeks after changes in antihypertensive therapy in the elderly, whether starting or adding an agent or intensifying the current medication, suggests an analysis of Medicare beneficiaries published May 10, 2016 inCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

"If I'm initiating or intensifying meds, I may want to be careful in the short term, but after patients have been on the medications for a while, the risk has probably disappeared," lead author Dr Daichi Shimbo (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY) told

The Deadly Quartet in PAD (May the Fourth NOT be with You)

The Deadly Quartet in PAD... (May the Fourth NOT be with You)

Diabetes, renal dysfunction, inflammation, and anemia: the deadly quartet in peripheral arterydisease. Corresponding author:Mislav Vrsalović, MD, PhD, FESC, FSVM,Department of Vascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Centre. 

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The article reviews the burden of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and its association with diabetes, renal dysfunction, inflammation, and anemia.

WHO Clarifies Processed Meat/Cancer Link After 'Bacon-gate'

WHO Clarifies Processed Meat/Cancer Link After 'Bacon-gate'
Zosia Chustecka:   November 02, 2015

After days of headlines proclaiming that bacon and hot dogs cause cancer following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) classifying processed meat as a human carcinogen ― in the same category as tobacco and asbestos ― the WHO released a statement in clarification. It pointed out that the latest report from the International Agency of Cancer Research (IACR), issued last week, "does not ask people to stop eating processed meats"; rather, it indicated "that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Employment Opportunity: Cardiac Services Manager (Maternity Leave Cover)

Cardiac Services Manager 
(Maternity Leave Cover) 
Randwick; Westmead
Temporary Full Time 

The Cardiac Services team at the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network is looking for a proactive, engaging and dedicated manager to relieve the incumbent from April to November 2015 while she is on maternity leave.
This role is varied and fast-paced, and involves strategic oversight as well as ensuring the day-to-day operations of the Cardiac Services unit across both children's hospitals are maintained efficiently and effectively.

We are hiring - Cardiac ECG Technician

Cardiac ECG Tech Role

A busy Gold Coast Cardiology group is seeking a Cardiac ECG Technician for start in mid September.

The role will include:
Holter and blood pressure monitor placement and removal, lead placement for ECG testing which also includes bike and treadmill testing. The position is for 16-20 hours per week over 3-4 shifts – days and shifts can be negotiated with the right candidate.

The successful applicant must have own transport with current drivers license, as travel between locations on the Gold Coast will be required.

Depression Inadvertently Linked to Heart Disease?

Chronic episodes of depression may be "causally linked" to an increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). Recent findings from the ongoingWhitehall II study, which began in 1985, showed that patients who had depressive symptoms during 1 or 2 assessments did not have an added risk for CHD.

There was, however, a significant increase in risk if they reported symptoms during 3 or more assessments. The aim of the Whitehall II study was to track cardiovascular disease over time and included n=10,308 civil servants (mean age 44.

ICD Complication Rates Underestimated

Cardiac Device Implant Complication Rates Underestimated

The risk of a complication following the implantation of a cardiac device, such as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), pacemaker, or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device, is higher than previously acknowledged, according to the results of a new Danish analysis. Overall, one in 10 patients (9.6%) who received an implantable electronic device experienced a complication, a rate that is higher than the 5% to 6% published in previous studies.
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