Coronary Artery Calcium as a Predictor of ASCVD Risk

Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is the leading cause of death in the US, and prevention of ASCVD is a public health priority in order to minimize its impacts on morbidity and mortality. Global CVD risk assessment is an integrated approach to evaluate the total risk of developing CVD over a given period (usually 10 years) […]

Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality in Pregnancy

More than one fifth of all pregnancy-associated deaths during a 10-year period in Illinois were the result of cardiovascular causes, and the mortality rate resulting from cardiac causes rose with maternal age, new data study show. Further, of the cardiac-associated deaths, 28.1% of them were potentially preventable, Joan Briller, MD, from the Division of Cardiology, […]

Cardiovascular Mortality Rates Vary by Geography

Aaron S. Kelly, PhD

It’s a testament to modern medicine that death rates from heart disease around the nation have been cut in half, yet new research sheds light on the wide disparities in cardiovascular death rates depending on geography. Using death certificate data, a research group led by University of Washington Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Gregory Roth conducted […]

Live Longer By Saying “I Do”

In a new study published last week in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta found that people with cardiovascular disease who were not married –- including those who were divorced, separated, widowed or never married –- had 24 percent higher rates of death from any cause during the […]

The Co-Occurrence of Diabetes & Heart Disease

The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, leading to enormous financial ramifications: the global cost of the disease is $850 billion each year. The latest estimates from the International Diabetes Federation indicate that one in 11 adults worldwide have diabetes; most have type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to obesity […]

January’s Cardio Crisis

Recent research has concluded that cardiovascular deaths, specifically heart attacks and strokes, are statistically more common in January. New evidence has led scientists to believe that a number of factors have collectively caused this phenomenon, through the analysis of millions of death certificates. Similar patterns of cardiac mortality in the winter months, specifically January, have […]