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MKSAP Quiz: Cardiovascular risk reduction

A 45-year-old man is seen for cardiovascular risk reduction. Hyperlipidemia was diagnosed 4 years ago and is treated with atorvastatin. He has a 35-pack-year history of cigarette smoking and is a current smoker. Following a physical exam, what is the most appropriate management?
https://immattersacp.org/weekly/archives/2024/07/16/3.htm
16 Jul 2024

Presurgery planning may boost postop outcomes

Deconditioning after surgery can happen very quickly, within 24 to 48 hours, but prehabilitation can target modifiable factors to help patients optimize fitness and improve recovery.
https://immattersacp.org/archives/2024/07/presurgery-planning-may-boost-postop-outcomes.htm
1 Jul 2024

Vote for your favorite entry

I.M. Matters Weekly from ACP's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite caption to determine the winner.
https://immattersacp.org/weekly/archives/2024/07/16/7.htm
16 Jul 2024

Increased doses of smoking cessation therapy improved quit rates following treatment failure

Raising doses of varenicline or nicotine replacement therapy increased abstinence rates in patients for whom an initial dose of varenicline or combined nicotine replacement therapy was ineffective, a two-part trial found.
https://immattersacp.org/weekly/archives/2024/05/07/2.htm
7 May 2024

Making smoking cessation less of a struggle

This month's issue considers smoking cessation, helping patients with disabilities, and conference coverage from the Society of Hospital Medicine's annual meeting.
https://immattersacp.org/archives/2022/06/making-smoking-cessation-less-of-a-struggle.htm
1 Jun 2022

Likelihood of smoking cessation after cardiovascular event varies by event type

Patients who had had a myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass grafting, stroke, or transient ischemic attack were more likely to quit smoking than those who underwent elective percutaneous coronary intervention or had a new diagnosis of peripheral artery disease.
https://immattersacp.org/weekly/archives/2024/02/13/4.htm
13 Feb 2024

Repeated tobacco screening linked to higher likelihood of smoking cessation treatment

The average adjusted predicted probability of prescription and/or referral for smoking cessation rose from 13.7% among current and former smokers screened once to 41.7% among those screened five or six times, a study of Veterans Affairs primary care clinics found.
https://immattersacp.org/weekly/archives/2023/06/13/4.htm
13 Jun 2023

Take a team approach to coronary disease

A major update to a cardiology guideline puts team-based, patient-centered care at the forefront of management and highlights the role of healthy diet and exercise habits in reducing cardiovascular risk.
https://immattersacp.org/archives/2024/02/take-a-team-approach-to-coronary-disease.htm
1 Feb 2024

Adding nicotine replacement therapy to varenicline monotherapy didn't increase smoking cessation

In a randomized trial of 1,251 adults who smoked five or more cigarettes per day, neither varenicline plus a nicotine patch nor extended-duration treatment was superior to 12 weeks of varenicline monotherapy for abstinence.
https://immattersacp.org/weekly/archives/2021/10/26/2.htm
26 Oct 2021

Latest updates on ACP's priorities, initiatives

ACP Spotlight offers readers a look at ACP's current top priorities and initiatives, as well as highlights from our e-newsletter, I.M. Matters Weekly from ACP.
https://immattersacp.org/archives/2024/03/latest-updates-on-acps-priorities-initiatives.htm
1 Mar 2024

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