Triggers for Cardiovascular Events

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  • Summary:

    Dr. Robert A. Kloner from the University of Southern California, and the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles moderated the topic "Triggers for Cardiovascular Events" with Drs. Murray Mittleman from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, James Muller from InfraReDx, Inc., and Peter H. Stone from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    The discussion focused primarily on:
    (1) acute risk factors as a trigger for heart disease;
    (2) short term physiologic factors such as a surge in arterial pressure and/or heart rate, an increase in coagulability, or vasoconstriction;
    (3) other triggers such as lack of sleep or overeating;
    (4) population stressors such as earthquakes, floods and industrial accidents;
    (5) psychological triggers such as anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, and bereavement;
    (6) chemical triggers such as cocaine and marijuana;
    (7) physical triggers such as moderate physical activity and sexual activity;
    (8) environmental exposure such as air pollution and exposure to heavy metals;
    (9) the rupture of vulnerable plaques and detection methods; and
    (10) pharmacologic approaches as a part of routine prevention
    (Med Roundtable Cardiovasc Ed. 2012;3(1):45-54) ©2012 FoxP2 Media, LLC

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