Heart Attack

Wrong blood-pressure readings being followed to prevent stroke and heart attack, leader of biggest study says

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Providers hoping to get a grip on the likelihood of patients suffering a stroke or an adverse cardiovascular event should pay more attention to nighttime hypertension readings, researchers say.

FDA approves heart attack drug

The Food and Drug Administration approved Zontivity (vorapaxar) tablets last week. The medication is meant to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular death or a need to operate to restore blood flow for patients with a previous heart attack or blockages in the arteries.

Flu shot cuts stroke risk 24%

Flu shot cuts stroke risk 24%

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People who are vaccinated against the flu are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, say British researchers who analyzed records of nearly 50,000 patients.

Skyrocketing spending on post-acute care shows need for large bundled payment groups, researchers argue

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Post-acute care was the fastest growing major healthcare spending category for government programs between 1994-2009, according to recently released research. The results support large-scale bundled payments as a way to control costs, the researchers argued.

AGS reverses aspirin vote

AGS reverses aspirin vote

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Elderly people with type 2 diabetes should not take aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to draft guidelines from the American Geriatrics Society. This reverses its previous recommendation.

Diabetes research ignores older people, study finds

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Far too few clinical trials are focused on seniors with diabetes, according to an analysis recently published in the journal Diabetologia.

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

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If you might have had the notion that anxious long-term care providers have been taking the hubbub over rehospitalization rates a bit too seriously, a newly posted study shouts otherwise.

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

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Economic incentives - both good and bad - are a proven way to modify behavior. But what happens when an economic penalty is based on a dubious premise? Many hospitals may soon be forced to answer that question. And many skilled care operators may have to live with some very unwelcome fallout.

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

In about six weeks, more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals will be subject to financial penalties for preventable readmissions, making their relationships with post-acute providers more important than ever.

Shift workers at higher risk for stroke, heart attack, study finds

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Shift workers, especially those working overnight, are at a higher risk for having a stroke or heart attack, an analysis finds.

Antipsychotics boost heart attack risk in seniors, study finds

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Elderly dementia patients who are prescribed antipsychotics face a greater risk for a heart attack within the first month of treatment, a new study found.

Popular diabetes medication linked to heart attack, death

A new study links the popular diabetes drug Avandia with an increased risk of heart attack and death, which could have a considerable effect on public health, according to researchers.

What lurks in long-term care residents' minds

What lurks in long-term care residents' minds

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The first rule of any debate, or "heated" discussion, is to know your definitions. If you don't, not much else matters. With caregiving, it comes down to knowing your people.

EMRs have not vastly improved quality measures, study finds

Hospitals that use electronic medical records have not seen improvement in certain standard quality measures, according to a study published by Rand Corp.

American health experts question study about vaccine's benefit for preventing heart attacks

A recent British study that finds an association between a flu shot and a lower risk of heart attack is getting some flak from scientists in the United States.

Early-season flu jab could reduce heart attack risk, study finds

Receiving a vaccination in the late summer or fall could help reduce the risk of a first heart attack by an average of 19%, according to a new study.