Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Cardiology

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LDL-C Assessment: A Novel, More Accurate Estimate to Inform Clinical Decision-Making

LDL-C Assessment: A Novel, More Accurate Estimate to Inform Clinical Decision-Making The commonly used value for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is not derived from direct measurement, but from an estimate. This estimate can be inaccurate, especially in the setting of... Read more 

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)—Making Sense of a Misunderstood Condition

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)—Making Sense of a Misunderstood Condition Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a commonly misunderstood condition with a misleading name. Dr. Andrea Dunaif, Charles F. Kettering Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, explains... Read more 

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Management of Patients with Diabetes and Resistant Hypertension

Diabetic patients with hypertension have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), necropathy, and chronic kidney disease compared with non-diabetics.1 Resistant hypertension is particularly concerning among diabetics. Dr. Vivian Fonseca, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Tulane University Health Sciences Center,... Read more 

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Identifying CVD Risk in Women and Minorities: The Role of Advanced Lipid Testing

Standard risk assessment may underestimate cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women and minorities, compounding the challenge of identifying risk in these populations. Dr. Karol Watson, Professor of Medicine/Division of Cardiology, Co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, discusses approaches to identifying... Read more 

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Personalized Medicine — How Genetics and Genomics are Transforming Healthcare

Personalized medicine has gained much attention following the announcement of a national initiative to fund "a new model of patient-powered research…to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best... Read more 

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia — Managing a Potentially Devastating Disorder

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disorder, which causes premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and can lead to serious cardiac events in young patients, even those under 10 years of age. Dr. Seth Baum, Medical Director, Women's Preventive Cardiology, Boca Raton... Read more 

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Why Following the ADA Standards of Care for Laboratory Testing Makes a Difference

The growing prevalence of diabetes in the United States is a significant public health concern. Over the last thirty years the number of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled - from 5.5... Read more 

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Reducing Cardiac Risk in Patients with Elevated Triglycerides

The primary objective in managing patients with high triglycerides is to reduce long-term cardiac risk. Dr. Douglas Jacoby, Director, Penn Cardiology Preventative Care discusses the importance of identifying metabolic syndrome in these patients and the role of advanced testing to... Read more 

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Cardiovascular Risk — Identifying Outliers to the Guideline

The 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol provides a basis for assessing and reducing the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events in adults.1 The guideline identifies groups of patients most likely to benefit from statin therapy,... Read more 

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Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids — Measuring Blood Levels To Help Manage Cardiovascular Risk

While recommendations for dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce cardiovascular disease risk are well established, debate continues about the benefits of omega-3 supplementation.1-4 Dr. Robert Superko, Chief Medical Officer, Celera, reviews the evidence relating to omega-3 intake and... Read more