Archive | November, 2011

TAVI versus AVR: The STACCATO Trial

  A Prospective, Randomized Trial of Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) vs. Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) in Operable Elderly Patients With Aortic Stenosis (The STACCATO trial). This study was sponsored by the Danish Heart Foundation and was presented this year (2011). This trial sought to compare outcomes after trans-apical trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation […]

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Safety of Fenofibrate?!

The US FDA has issued a safety communication and updated the prescribing information for the cholesterol-lowering agent fenofibric acid (Trilipix, Abbott), stating that the drug may not lower the risk of major cardiovascular events. This is based on data from the ACCORD Lipid trial, in which the combination of fenofibrate plus simvastatin was compared with […]

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Blood Pressure meds are more effective when taken at night

According to a new study by Hermida, R.C. et al (from University of Vigo, Spain), published on October 24, 2011 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology,  among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension, taking at least one antihypertensive medication at bedtime significantly improves blood-pressure (BP) control, with an associated decrease […]

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