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Socioeconomic Status Tied to Detection of Congenital Heart Defects

Prenatal detection of transposition of great arteries lower in rural areas, those with lower socioeconomic status, Hispanics

ACC: 81-mg, 325-mg Aspirin Similarly Effective in ASCVD

Patients assigned to 325-mg aspirin had higher incidence of dose switching, fewer median days of exposure to assigned dose

ACC: Occlusion of Left Atrial Appendage Prevents Stroke in A-Fib

Risk for stroke or systemic embolism reduced with versus without concomitant occlusion during an otherwise indicated cardiac surgery

Stage 1 Hypertension Linked to Increased Risk for ACS in Women

After adjustment for multiple variables, stage 1 hypertension linked to acute coronary syndromes in women, but not men

ACC: Common Medications Can Raise Blood Pressure

Nearly one in five adults with hypertension take medications that can increase blood pressure, such as antidepressants, NSAIDs, oral steroids

ACC: Cardiovascular Risk Factors Present in Younger Black Women

Obesity, elevated blood pressure prevalent in younger Black women, even those in their 20s and 30s

New Heart Failure Diagnosed in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Though uncommon, cases of new heart failure include younger COVID-19 patients with no history of cardiovascular disease or risk factors

New Anxiety, Depression Common After Receiving Implantable Defibrillator

14.5 percent experience new-onset anxiety and 11.3 percent have new-onset depression in two years after implantation

Magnets in Cellphones, Smartwatches Might Affect Pacemakers, FDA Warns

High-strength magnets may cause implants to switch to 'magnet mode,' stopping normal functioning until the magnet is moved away from the device

Time, Costs of Participation in MIPS Are Considerable

Mean cost to practices per physician $12,811; 201.7 hours annually spent per physician on MIPS-related activities