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Exercise Stress Testing: Indications and Common Questions - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2017 - Exercise stress testing is a validated diagnostic test for coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients, and is used in the evaluation of patients with known cardiac disease. Testing of asymptomatic patients is generally not indicated. It may be performed in select deconditioned ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p293.html

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Current Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2017 - Acute coronary syndrome continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Family physicians need to identify and mitigate risk factors early, as well as recognize and respond to acute coronary syndrome events quickly in any clinical setting. Diagnosis ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p232.html

Coronary Artery Disease/Coronary Heart Disease - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary heart disease (CHD) and related issues, including acute coronary syndrome, angina, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and myocardial infarction. This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=4

Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2018 - Stable coronary artery disease refers to a reversible supply/demand mismatch related to ischemia, a history of myocardial infarction, or the presence of plaque documented by catheterization or computed tomography angiography. Patients are considered stable if they are asymptomatic or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p376.html

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Diagnostic Evaluation - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2017 - Myocardial infarction (MI), a subset of acute coronary syndrome, is damage to the cardiac muscle as evidenced by elevated cardiac troponin levels in the setting of acute ischemia. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. Chest pain is a common ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p170.html

Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2016 - Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. One-third of these deaths may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including diet and physical activity. The Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality, whereas the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p919.html

Myocardial Infarction: Management of the Subacute Period - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2013 - Optimal management of myocardial infarction in the subacute period focuses on improving the discharge planning process, implementing therapies early to prevent recurrent myocardial infarction, and avoiding hospital readmission. Evidence-based guidelines for the care of patients with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1101/p581.html

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Improving Function and Reducing Risk - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2016 - Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program individually tailored to the needs of patients with cardiovascular disease. The overall goals focus on improving daily function and reducing cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiac rehabilitation includes interventions ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p37.html

Cholesterol Management: ACC/AHA Updates Guideline - Practice Guidelines - American ...

May 1, 2019 - The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) task force on clinical practice guidelines has updated its 2013 cholesterol guideline.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p589.html

Rethinking Aspirin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Editorials - ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Aspirin's routine use for primary prevention has been the subject of controversy because of questionable benefits and increased bleeding risk. Aspirin therapy may reduce the relative risk of a first heart attack or stroke, but this benefit could be outweighed by the risk of ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p670.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for High-Risk TIA and Minor Stroke: BMJ Rapid Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Based on a recent randomized controlled trial followed by a systematic review, the BMJ and MAGIC group concluded that dual antiplatelet therapy use for a limited period after mild stroke is beneficial.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p378.html

Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: ...

Jan 15, 2017 - The USPSTF recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (i.e., symptomatic coronary artery disease or ischemic stroke) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: (1) they are ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/od1.html

The Case Against Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring for Cardiovascular Disease Risk ...

Dec 15, 2019 - Although coronary artery calcium testing may slightly improve future risk prediction, this theoretical benefit is outweighed by its potential harms.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p734.html

Supplemental Oxygen Therapy for Nonhypoxemic Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome - ...

Jun 1, 2020 - No conclusive evidence demonstrates that routine use of supplemental oxygen therapy is associated with clinical benefit or harm in nonhypoxemic patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI).

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p687.html

For Three-Vessel Disease, but Not Left Main Disease, CABG Is Preferred Over PCI - POEMs...

Jun 1, 2020 - For patients with left main disease, PCI with a drug-eluting stent and CABG had similar all-cause mortality rates at 10 years. For those with three-vessel disease, CABG is associated with lower 10-year mortality.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p698.html

Overuse of Statins in Older Adults - Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse - ...

Dec 15, 2019 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering heath care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p742.html

PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2 Activity to Predict Coronary Heart Disease - Diagnostic Tests: ...

Jan 1, 2020 - The PLAC test is a blood test used to measure serum activity of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), an enzyme that breaks down oxidized low-density lipoprotein in the vascular wall.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p44.html

One Month of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Followed by Clopidogrel Alone is Superior to 12 ...

Dec 15, 2019 - This study found that one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin plus clopidogrel or prasugrel [Effient]) followed by clopidogrel monotherapy for up to five years is both noninferior and superior to 12 months of dual antiplatelet therapy followed by aspirin for up to five years for...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od5.html

Ticagrelor Compared to Clopidogrel in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Stable Coronary ...

Nov 1, 2019 - The authors determined there is no benefit from the use of ticagrelor in patients with acute coronary syndrome and stable coronary artery disease because of the uncertainty about benefits and evidence of potential harms.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/od1.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Aug 15, 2019 - High-quality evidence suggests that long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids do not prevent mortality (all-cause or cardiovascular) or cardiovascular disease events when used as primary or secondary prevention. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p209.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease - FPIN's Clinical ...

Oct 15, 2019 - Patients with established cardiovascular disease or risk factors (e.g., ischemic cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, high risk of atherothrombotic disease) should receive dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin plus clopidogrel, which confers additional benefit over ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p463.html

Applying a Clinical Decision Rule for CAD in Primary Care to Select a Diagnostic Test ...

May 1, 2019 - Using the INTERCHEST chest pain decision rule to decide next steps when a patient presents to a primary care physician with chest pain.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p584.html

Vitamin D Is Not Effective as Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease or Cancer - ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Vitamin D supplementation does not prevent cardiovascular events or cancer in mostly nondiabetic adults (men 50 years and older, women 55 years and older).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p374.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Do Not Prevent Cancer or Cardiovascular Disease Events - POEMs - ...

Sep 15, 2019 - This is the second large, well-designed study (the first one included patients with diabetes mellitus; this one included patients without diabetes) that found no benefit from a 1-g daily dosage of marine n-3 fatty acid supplementation for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p374a.html

In Healthy Older Adults, Low-Dose Aspirin Increases All-Cause and Cancer-Specific ...

Jul 15, 2019 - The findings are completely unexpected. Although recent studies by this group and other groups of researchers have failed to find a cardiovascular benefit, likely because of better control of other cardiovascular risk factors, this study found increased all-cause mortality, primarily ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p118a.html

Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with...

Dec 15, 2018 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the ankle-brachial index (ABI) in asymptomatic adults.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1215/od1.html

Omega-3 Oil Does Not Reduce Serious Cardiovascular Events for Patients with Diabetes ...

Jul 15, 2019 - In this study, there was no significant difference in the likelihood of a composite vascular outcome or all-cause mortality in patients given an omega-3 fatty acid supplement compared with those given an olive oil placebo.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p120.html

Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease with Nontraditional Risk Factors: ...

Jan 15, 2019 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of adding the ankle-brachial index (ABI), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) level, or coronary artery calcium score to traditional risk assessment for cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/od1.html

Depression After ACS Events: AAFP Releases Updated Guidelines - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - The American Academy of Family Physicians has released a guideline focusing on depression in adults within three months of an ACS event (unstable angina or myocardial infarction). The guideline is based on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and observational studies and...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p785.html

Benefits and Harms for Low-Dose Aspirin in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus - POEMs - ...

Jun 1, 2019 - The 7,740 patients who took low-dose aspirin experienced 51 fewer vascular deaths, nonfatal myocardial infarctions, or nonfatal ischemic strokes; 29 fewer transient ischemic attacks; and 44 fewer revascularizations than patients who took placebo over a mean of 7.4 years.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p718.html

Statins Ineffective for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients 75 ...

Apr 1, 2019 - In this retrospective study, statin treatment in patients 75 years or older without preexisting CVD did not change the likelihood of developing CVD or reduce any-cause mortality. However, patients 75 to 84 years of age with diabetes mellitus benefitted from treatment. These results ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p461.html

Myocardial Infarction: Expert Consensus Group Provides Updated Definition - Practice ...

Mar 1, 2019 - An expert consensus group of the European Society of Cardiology, American College of Cardiology Foundation, American Heart Association, and World Heart Federation has provided an updated universal definition of myocardial infarction.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p334.html

Aspirin’s Benefits and Harms Are Less Clear for Primary Prevention in Moderate-Risk ...

Apr 1, 2019 - In this study, after five years of treatment, patients at a moderate risk of heart disease who took low-dose aspirin did not show a decrease in coronary events and all-cause mortality and had slightly more gastrointestinal bleeding.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p459a.html

Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Electrocardiography: Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2018 - The USPSTF recommends against screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography (ECG) to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in asymptomatic adults at low risk of CVD events.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/od1.html

Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease with Nontraditional Risk Factors - Putting ...

Jan 15, 2019 - A 46-year-old Asian American woman with no significant medical history presents to your clinic for the first time for a pre-employment physical examination.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p123.html

Statins Effective for LDL 190 mg per dL or Higher, Regardless of Risk Level - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - These results confirm that the use of statins for men with an LDL cholesterol level of at least 190 mg per dL, regardless of calculated risk, is associated with a clinically and statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular events and probably cardiovascular and all-cause ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p54a.html

Early Invasive Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Dec 1, 2018 - Does early invasive management help patients with unstable angina or acute non–ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in reducing occurence of death, myocardial infarction, angina symptoms, and rehospitalization at six- to 12-month follow-up? Find out.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/od1.html

Overuse of Cardiac Testing - Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse - American ...

Nov 15, 2018 - This is the first of a new collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute. This new feature promotes a vision of delivering heath care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/p561.html

Hormone Therapy for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Postmenopausal ...

Oct 1, 2018 - No benefit was observed in postmenopausal women receiving hormone therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1001/od1.html

Syncope Evaluation and Treatment Guidelines from ACC, AHA, and HRS - Practice ...

Apr 1, 2018 - The American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), and Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have released guidelines to assist physicians in evaluating and treating syncope.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p478.html

Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Electrocardiography - Putting Prevention...

Sep 15, 2018 - A 55-year-old man presents for an annual visit. He has no history of hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), or diabetes mellitus; has never smoked; and has no family history of CVD. His lipid panel results from one year ago were normal, and he has no current symptoms of CVD.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p375.html

Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2018 - The best test to diagnose ACS is a risk score based on a clinical prediction rule such as the HEART (history, electrocardiography, age, risk factors, troponin level) or TIMI (Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction) risk score, which have positive likelihood ratios (LR+'s) of 13 and 6.8, ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0801/od2.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health ...

May 1, 2018 - What is the effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cardiovascular outcomes?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p562.html

Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults - Putting ...

Dec 15, 2017 - L.D., a 66-year-old generally healthy white man, presents for his annual physical. He has no history of cardiovascular disease (CVD); he has had consistent systolic blood pressure measurements of 140 mm Hg; he is not taking any medications; he does not smoke; he exercises three times ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/p805.html

PCI Equal to Sham PCI for Exercise Tolerance in Patients with Stable Angina Plus Severe...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with stable angina and severe coronary artery disease (CAD), PCI plus optimal medical treatment does not improve exercise tolerance or angina more than sham PCI plus optimal medical treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p55.html

Use of Niacin for Primary or Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular or Cerebrovascular ...

Apr 1, 2018 - Prescription niacin (nicotinic acid, vitamin B3) does not reduce myocardial infarctions, strokes, or overall mortality when used for primary or secondary prevention.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p436.html

Stents for Stable Coronary Artery Disease - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2018 - Most published trials fail to show a benefit from coronary stenting in patients with stable obstructive coronary artery disease. However, stent technology has evolved significantly in recent years, and it is possible that newer-generation drug-eluting stents may offer different results.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/od1.html

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for ...

Nov 15, 2017 - The USPSTF recommends that primary care professionals individualize the decision to offer or refer adults without obesity who do not have hypertension, dyslipidemia, abnormal blood glucose levels, or diabetes to behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/od2.html

Prolonged Dual Antiplatelet Therapy After MI Reduces Major Adverse Cardiac Events - ...

Oct 1, 2017 - In patients who are stable one year post-MI, prolonged use of dual antiplatelet therapy may be an effective treatment to decrease major cardiac events and cardiovascular mortality.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/od1.html

In Very High-Risk Patients with Vascular Disease, Evolocumab Slightly Reduces Nonfatal ...

Oct 1, 2017 - In an extremely high-risk group of patients with known vascular disease, taking evolocumab instead of placebo in addition to standard statin therapy for slightly more than two years will prevent one myocardial infarction (MI) for every 83 persons treated and prevent one stroke for every...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p470.html

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