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CVD biomarkers respond better to telmisartan than non-ARB blood pressure meds

When it comes to treating high blood pressure, not all anti-hypertensive medications are equal, and results of the ATTEMPT-CVD trial suggest that telmisartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) might have benefits over non-ARB treatment. The Hot Line results, presented at ESC Congress 2015, and published simultaneously in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, are [...]

Missing teeth predict incident cardiovascular events

Advanced tooth loss often indicates that a person has a history of inflammatory oral diseases. In an extensive cohort study, it was shown that tooth loss associate with future cardiovascular events, diabetes and death. The study was conducted in Finland at the University of Helsinki in collaboration with The National Institute for Health and Welfare [...]

Study questions beneficial effects of a Nordic diet on cardiovascular events

A new study led from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet shows that although individual components of a healthy so-called Nordic diet previously have been linked to beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, as well as to other health effects, there is no evidence of an association with cardiovascular events in a general population. The study, which was conducted [...]

Results of large cholesterol-lowering/outcomes study revealed at AHA

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has announced that the investigational IMPROVE-IT study met its primary and all secondary composite efficacy endpoints. In IMPROVE-IT, patients taking the LDL-cholesterol-lowering medicine VYTORIN® (ezetimibe/simvastatin) – which combines simvastatin with the non-statin ZETIA® (ezetimibe) – experienced significantly fewer major cardiovascular events (as measured by a [...]

Patients on generic statins have better outcomes versus those taking brand-name drugs

Patients on generic statins have better adherence to their medication and better clinical outcomes than those taking brand-name prescriptions, according to a study being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Statins are the most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States. When taken as prescribed, statins effectively reduce LDL cholesterol levels and cardiovascular events. However, [...]