Pediatric CVD screening, COVID-19 vaccination and myocarditis risk, more

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Healio and Cardiology Today have compiled a list of the most read cardiology news of June 2021.

Readers were most interested in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new statement on pediatric CVD screening; the American Heart Association and CDC on COVID-19 vaccination and myocarditis risk; ASCVD screening for professional drivers and pilots; and more.

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AAP: Screen all children for possible heart-related problems

In a new policy statement, the AAP said all children — especially those entering high school — should be screened for conditions that could lead to cardiac arrest or death, regardless of athletic status. read more

Myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccine treatable; AHA urges continued vaccination

Seven patients who developed myocarditis-like symptoms after COVID-19 vaccination were able to recover after treatment, according to a case series published in Circulation. read more

Consistent consumption of fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality

Snacking on fruit after breakfast, fruit at lunch, vegetables at dinner and dairy after dinner was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death, according to new nutritional data. read more

A New Look at ASCVD Screening, Management in Commercial Drivers, Pilots

The evaluation and management of CAD has critical implications in certain populations. A recently published review addresses this topic for two risk groups, commercial motor vehicle drivers and commercial pilots. read more

In genetic analysis, statin-induced LDL decrease linked to new-onset diabetes

In a Mendelian randomization analysis, LDL reduction associated with statin use was linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but not to other pleiotropic effects. read more

FDA, Medtronic Warn Doctors to Stop Implantation of Ventricular Assist Device System

The FDA and Medtronic warned health care providers to stop implanting patients with end-stage HF with a ventricular assist device system. read more

AHA statement recommends increasing physical activity to lower blood pressure and cholesterol

A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in Hypertension recommends increasing physical activity to help lower mildly to moderately elevated blood pressure and blood cholesterol in adults. read more

Decline in Kawasaki disease may be linked to pandemic preventive measures

The decline in Kawasaki’s disease rate in South Korea during the COVID-19 pandemic may be due to pandemic prevention efforts, including wearing masks, washing hands and physical distancing, researchers reported. read more

CDC: Benefits of COVID-19 messenger RNA vaccines outweigh myocarditis risks

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices agreed with CDC staff’s recommendations that the risks of myocarditis in youth associated with messenger RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines did not outweigh the benefits of the vaccines. read more

Use of lipid-lowering therapy low, LDL increased in patients with PAD

In patients with peripheral vascular disease, use of lipid-lowering therapies was low and LDL remained elevated, according to findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. read more

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