New Blood Pressure Guideline Impacts Stroke Prevention

Last month, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released a new guideline for the prevention, detection, evaluation and management of high blood pressure in adults. This is the first comprehensive update since 2003. The most important points for the public are new thresholds for starting treatment with medications, and new levels … Read more…

New AHA/ASA scientific advisory on stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association has published a scientific advisory which includes new oral anticoagulants to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. For many years, the only oral anticoagulant available has been warfarin (Coumadin). Alternatives have now been introduced. Dabigatran (Pradaxa) was approved by FDA in October 2010, followed by rivaroxaban … Read more…