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Friday, February 05, 2016

Study Pinpoints Predictors of New Conduction Abnormalities, Pacemaker With Sapien 3

By L.A. McKeown
Both implantation depth and prosthesis oversizing were identified as factors, suggesting ways that operators might optimize their use of the device…
Friday, February 05, 2016

Complex Lesions, Thrombus During PCI May Spell Trouble After DES Implantation

By Todd Neale
The link between these characteristics and stent thrombosis risk highlights the importance of baseline angiographic assessment, researchers say…
Thursday, February 04, 2016 | UPDATED

Center Experiences Declining PCI Volume, Reimbursement After Implementing AUC

By Michael O'Riordan
Adopting the standards could not only affect who gets PCI but also translate into savings for the healthcare system as a whole, researchers suggest…
Thursday, February 04, 2016

ROCKET AF Investigators: Problems With Warfarin Monitoring Device Did Not Skew Results

By Todd Neale
Efficacy and safety in patients who met conditions listed in FDA’s device recall notice were consistent with the overall trial findings…
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Diabetes More Influential Than CAD Complexity in DES-Treated Patients

By L.A. McKeown
Contradicting earlier findings, a pooled analysis suggests that diabetes jeopardizes outcomes even in non-complex PCI and with newer DES…
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Signs of Cardioprotection Seen in Acute STEMI Patients Receiving IV Beta-blocker Post-PCI

By Caitlin E. Cox
Randomized study links esmolol to decreases in surrogate markers of myocardial injury, but the extent of clinical benefit is not yet known…
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

High Baseline Fitness Level Tied to Improved Survival After MI

By Michael O'Riordan
Fitter patients who go on to have an MI are more likely to stay alive in the first year than those less physically equipped to withstand the trauma…
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Reductions in Stroke Observed With BP Less Than 140 mm Hg, Fueling Support for Lower Threshold

By Michael O'Riordan
JNC8 recommends starting treatment in older patients with BP ≥ 150 mm Hg, but a new study suggests even these patients are at a higher risk of stroke…
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Radial Artery Occlusion After Transradial Interventions Common but Manageable

By Michael O'Riordan
If the radial artery occludes, you’ve potentially lost the access site for future interventions and undermined one of the benefits of transradial PCI…
Monday, February 01, 2016

TCTMD’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories for January 2016

By Shelley Wood
Bioresorbable stents, mechanical thrombectomy, and the timing of PCI in non-ST elevation MI were some of the most popular topics on TCTMD last month…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | Source: VEITH

Controversial Intravascular Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Moves from Cath Lab to the OR

By L.A. McKeown

New York, NY—An Italian doctor who stunned the world 6 years ago by reporting remarkable success treating multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | Source: VEITH

EVAR Takes the Lead in Continuing Debate Over Best Therapy for Ruptured AAAs

By Caitlin E. Cox

New York, NY—During a session at last week’s 2015 VEITH Symposium devoted to analyzing the IMPROVE trial and understanding its importance, participants…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Source: VEITH

For Intermittent Claudication, Exercise is Key—But Intervention, Surgery Have Their Place

By Yael L. Maxwell

NEW YORK, NY—Treating real-world patients with intermittent claudication means weighing the risks and benefits of revascularization, exercise,…

Friday, November 20, 2015 | Source: VEITH

DCBs for Femoropoliteal Disease: What’s Now and What’s Next?

By Yael L. Maxwell

NEW YORK, NY—After years of promising results, trials of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) showing greater retention of primary patency over conventional…

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Source: VEITH

Experts Continue to Grapple With Stenting or Endarterectomy for Carotid Stenosis

By Todd Neale

After more than a decade of clinical trials specifically comparing the two approaches, the choice of carotid artery stenting (CAS) or endarterectomy…

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Despite Survival Benefit With CABG, More Diabetic Patients With MVD Still Treated With PCI

By Yael L. Maxwell

ORLANDO, FL—Real-world data again support the role of CABG over PCI in diabetic patients with multivessel CAD—especially those with stable ACS—yet…

Monday, November 16, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

My Takeaways From AHA 2015

By Shelley Wood

I understand why the major cardiovascular societies like the American Heart Association (AHA) choose Orlando for their meetings, logistically speaking,…

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Varenicline Helps ACS Patients Quit Smoking, But Effect Wanes

By Todd Neale

ORLANDO, FL—When started in the hospital, varenicline increases smoking abstinence in ACS patients for up to 6 months when accompanied by low-intensity…

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Degree of LDL Cholesterol-Lowering on High-Intensity Rosuvastatin Determines Clinical Impact

By Todd Neale

ORLANDO, FL—Greater percent reductions in LDL cholesterol are associated with bigger reductions in adverse cardiovascular outcomes among initially…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Most Drug Discontinuations in PEGASUS-TIMI 54 Related to Dyspnea, Bleeding

By Todd Neale

ORLANDO, FL—The higher rate of premature discontinuation of ticagrelor vs placebo in the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 trial of stable outpatients with prior…