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Monday, October 20, 2014

Cardiologists ‘Wary’ of Inadequate EHR Systems

By Meghann Lucy
At the beginning of 2014, a key component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 came into effect that will transform the everyday workload…
Monday, October 20, 2014 | Source: The American Journal of Cardiology

Acute Hyperglycemia Worsens Post-AMI Prognosis

By Kim Dalton
Patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have poorer short-term outcomes if they develop acute hyperglycemia…
Friday, October 17, 2014 | Source: The Lancet

Carotid Stenting, Endarterectomy Equally Effective at Preventing Severe Strokes in Symptomatic Patients

By L.A. McKeown
Long-term data from the largest trial of symptomatic patients randomized to carotid artery stenting (CAS) or carotid endarterectomy (CEA) show similar…
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Meta-analysis Confirms Benefits of FFR-Guided Revascularization

By Yael L. Maxwell

A revascularization strategy guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR) compared with anatomy alone reduces adverse events and angina symptoms while…

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery

DCBs Perform Better in De Novo Compared With Restenotic Femoropopliteal Lesions

By Caitlin E. Cox

Drug-coated balloons (DCBs) are more effective at 12 months in treating de novo disease compared with restenosis in patients with femoropopliteal…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Source: Stroke

Study Points to Short-term Advantage for Carotid Endarterectomy Over Stenting

By Todd Neale

Carotid endarterectomy may carry better in-hospital outcomes than carotid stenting, regardless of patient age or sex, suggests a retrospective analysis…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Source: EuroIntervention

OCT Analysis Reveals Pattern of Delayed DES Coverage in CTOs

By Kim Dalton

Drug-eluting stents (DES) are more likely to exhibit delayed strut coverage and malapposition when implanted in chronic total occlusions (CTOs)…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging

Study Questions Long-Accepted ED Testing Routine for Chest Pain Patients

By Yael L. Maxwell

Routine stress testing to detect ischemia in patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain or dyspnea may not be necessary,…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Source: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions

Preexisting Thrombocytopenia Worsens Complications After TAVR

By L.A. McKeown

Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) have decreases in platelet counts that are typically transient, lasting just a…

Monday, October 13, 2014 | Source: American Journal of Cardiology

Preexisting—But Not New-Onset—A-fib Predicts Worse Long-term Outcomes After TAVR

By Kim Dalton

Patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) diagnosed before transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) face increased risks of stroke and death…

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Friday, October 17, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Thoughtful Insights at TCT: Dealing With Complex CAD Cases

By Todd Neale

 Washington, DC—How the presence of cardiogenic shock or diabetes influences decision making spurred conversation at the “Complex Coronary Artery…

Friday, October 10, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Thoughtful Insights at TCT: Uncertainty Surrounds Antithrombotic Therapy in PCI Patients Who Require Anticoagulation

By Todd Neale

Washington, DC—Interventional cardiologists are awaiting the results of ongoing trials to help answer questions about the ideal type and duration of…

Monday, September 22, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Meta-analyses Explore Cerebrovascular Protection, TIA and Stroke Risk with Carotid Stenting

By TCT Daily Staff

Data from two meta-analyses presented at TCT 2014 addressed carotid intervention, particularly the efficacy of proximal occlusion vs. distal filter…

Friday, September 19, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Bioabsorbable Polymer DES Represent Evolution to Stenting Platform

By TCT Daily Staff

Few early differences exist among the various iterations of drug-eluting stents (DES). Instead, disparities between bioresorbable and permanent polymer…

Friday, September 19, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Long-term Outcomes Worse for Patients with Coronary Artery Aneurysm After DES Implantation

By Yael L. Maxwell

Coronary artery aneurysm is associated with higher rates of MACE and stent thrombosis after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation, according to research…

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Real-World Data Show Correlation Between Post-PCI Angina, Resource Utilization

By TCT Daily Staff

Post-procedural angina, chest pain and ACS remain common challenges despite improvements over time in PCI. Data presented at TCT 2014 suggest that…

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

Microvascular Dysfunction Prevalent in Patients with Chest Pain, Non-Obstructive CAD

By TCT Daily Staff

Patients with chest pain and non-obstructive CAD frequently have coronary microvascular dysfunction, according to a study presented at TCT 2014. Those…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

I-LOVE-IT 2: Biodegradable Polymer SES as Effective as Durable Polymer SES in All-Comers

By TCT Daily Staff

A novel biodegradable sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) is noninferior to a durable polymer SES at 1 year in real-world patients, according to data from…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

EVERBIO II: Angiographic Outcomes Similar for BVS, EES, BES

By TCT Daily Staff

According to results from a single-center, all-comers study, a bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) yields angiographic and clinical outcomes comparable…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Source: TCT 2014

The Long Road to a Shorter Door-to-Balloon Time

By Kim Dalton
A key player recalls the effort that went into a life-saving campaign…

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Monday, June 24, 2013 | Source: ACC News Releases

Study Shows Heart Failure Survivors at Greater Risk for Cancer Trend toward more cancers and more deaths among heart failure patients

By ACC News Releases

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2013) - Heart failure patients are surviving more often with the heart condition but they are increasingly more likely to be diagnosed…

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 | Source: ACC News Releases

New Program to Help Heart Patients Navigate Care, Reduce Readmissions AstraZeneca sponsorship to help support patient-centered programs in 35 hospitals

By ACC News Releases

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2013) - The American College of Cardiology is developing a program with support from founding sponsor AstraZeneca to provide personalized…

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 | Source: ACC News Releases

ACC/AHA Update Guideline for Management of Heart Failure Update increases emphasis on quality of life, care coordination, palliative care

By ACC News Releases

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2013) - The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association today released an expanded clinical practice guideline…

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | Source: ACC News Releases

Study Shows On-Pump Bypass Comparable to Off-Pump at Year Mark

By ACC News Releases

30-day neurocognitive differences disappeared by one-year follow up Read More

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | Source: ACC News Releases

Screenings, Targeted Care Reduce Heart Failure in At-Risk Patients

By ACC News Releases

Study shows simple blood test may help patients with risks for heart disease Read More

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | Source: ACC News Releases

Digoxin Reduces Hospital Admissions in Older Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

By ACC News Releases

If replicated in heart failure patients discharged from hospital, drug may help hospitals avoid readmission penalties Read…

Monday, March 26, 2012 | Source: Clinical Trials

Rule Out Myocardial Ischemia/Infarction Using Computer Assisted Tomography

By Clinical Trials

The goal of the trial was to evaluate a strategy of cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography compared with standard emergency department (ED)…

Monday, March 26, 2012 | Source: ACC News Releases

STUDY SUGGESTS BETTER SURVIVAL IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING BYPASS SURGERY COMPARED TO CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY

By ACC News Releases

Patients with coronary heart disease and their doctors have long been challenged by the decision of whether to pursue bypass surgery or opt for the…

Monday, March 26, 2012 | Source: ACC News Releases

CARDIAC CT IS FASTER, MORE EFFECTIVE FOR EVALUATING PATIENTS WITH SUSPECTED HEART ATTACK

By ACC News Releases

Cardiac computed tomography angiography scans (CT scans that look at the heart) can provide a virtually instant verdict on whether chest pain is…

Monday, March 26, 2012 | Source: Clinical Trials

EINSTEIN–Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Study

By Clinical Trials

The goal of the trial was to evaluate treatment of the oral direct factor Xa inhibitor, rivaroxaban, compared with standard therapy among patients…