The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea is as high as 40% to 80% in patients with hypertension, heart failure, coronary artery disease, pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation, or stroke, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).
29 Jun 2021
While Medicare has added new codes to increase the reimbursement available to primary care practices, they can be difficult to implement and may not align with the integrated flow of a visit.
1 Oct 2022
High-dose flu vaccine may not be more effective than standard dose in patients with high-risk cardiovascular disease
An industry-funded randomized trial in the U.S. and Canada found no significant difference between a high-dose group versus a standard-dose group in the time to first occurrence of all-cause death or cardiopulmonary hospitalization during three flu seasons.
15 Dec 2020
An editorial accompanying the study concluded that it is reasonable to recommend aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in select patients, including those who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease with low bleeding risk.
17 Sep 2019
Patients with undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can sometimes hide in plain sight.
1 Sep 2022
Use of complementary and integrative therapies, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga, increased 70% over a three-year period in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system after their availability was expanded.
6 Dec 2022
This column reviews recent recalls, alerts, and approvals.
1 Oct 2022
Little evidence supports nutritional supplements for protection against cardiovascular disease, death
A large review found some evidence of benefit from reduced salt intake and polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption, but most of the studied vitamins, supplements, and dietary strategies did not have evidence support.
9 Jul 2019
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has changed its recommendations on hypertension cutoffs, use of statins, and treatment of patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease, among other topics.
20 Dec 2022
A sizable number of patients with diabetes do not consistently fill their prescriptions or take less than the prescribed amount due to costs, but there are ways to make it easier on a patient's pocketbook.
1 May 2022