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This Week in Cardiology

Aug 19, 2022

The obesity paradox in AF and paradoxes in general, digital health gets whacked again, and direct-to-consumer ads are the topics discussed by John Mandrola, MD in this week’s podcast. This podcast is intended for healthcare professionals only. To read a partial transcript or to comment, visit:

I. Collider Bias and the Obesity Paradox

- 'Obesity Paradox' in Atrial Fibrillation Challenged as Mortality Climbs With BMI

- Association of body mass index with outcomes in patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation: GARFIELD-AF

- Collider bias

- Pediatric obesity appears to lower the risk of diabetes if selection bias is ignored

- Effect of Caloric Restriction or Aerobic Exercise Training on Peak Oxygen Consumption and Quality of Life in Obese Older Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Randomized Clinical Trial

II. Digital Health

- Blood Pressure Smartphone App Fails to Beat Standard Self-Monitoring

- Effectiveness of Standard vs Enhanced Self-measurement of Blood Pressure Paired With a Connected Smartphone Application

III. Direct-to-Consumer Ads

- Does DTC Heart Drug Advertising Discourage Lifestyle Changes?

- Association of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs With Consumer Health-Related Intentions and Beliefs Among Individuals at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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