Cardiovascular / Cardiology News

Two Statin Drugs Similarly Effective In Reversing Coronary Heart Disease

Maximum doses of Crestor™ (rosuvastatin) or Lipitor™ (atorvastatin) are similarly effective in reversing the buildup of cholesterol plaques in the coronary artery walls (atherosclerosis) after 24 months of treatment, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. The extent of reversal of atherosclerosis observed in this trial was unprecedented and was achieved with excellent drug safety.

Following Heart Surgery, Pneumonia Is The Most Common Infection

Pneumonia - not a deep incision surgical site infection - is the most common serious infection after heart surgery, according to new research (Abstract 12247) presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011.

The study also revealed that most infections occur about two weeks after surgery, not one week as physicians previously thought.

"It's not what we expected to find," said Michael A. Acker, M.D., the study's lead researcher and professor and chief of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Beer Drinking And Cardiovascular Health

beer cheersBeer could stand up alongside wine regarding positive effects on cardiovascular health. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by Research Laboratories at the Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura "Giovanni Paolo II", in Campobasso, Italy. Both for wine and beer the key is moderate and regular drinking.

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