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Friday, May 27, 2016

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Does Not Halt Plaque Progression in Overweight Patients With CAD

By Todd Neale
While negative, the TINSAL-CVD results with salsalate have key messages for future studies investigating the “inflammatory hypothesis” in CVD.
Friday, May 27, 2016

New European Device Regulations Are Coming, Could Impact Speed of Approvals

By Todd Neale

An agreement, which is not yet finalized, could bring the European regulatory system closer to that seen in the United States.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Zoom In, Zoom Out: New European Prevention Guidelines Tackle Both the Big Picture and Targeted Groups

By Leah Lawrence

Compiled by the European Society of Cardiology and nine other groups, the new guidelines focus on making population-level changes to prevent CVD.

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SYNTAX Score II Added to Modern PCI Translates Into Gains for Patients With Three-Vessel Disease

By Caitlin E. Cox
At 30 days, the strategy was associated with less MI and stent thrombosis, leading some to speculate that PCI could more readily compete against CABG.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Ups and Downs of Statin Adherence Around Acute MI Hospitalization

By Todd Neale
Time in hospital seems to be a teachable moment for some, but can be the start of declining adherence for others.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Study Shows Surprising Range of Risk After Acute MI Among Patients With Diabetes

By L.A. McKeown
Models based on two registries find 5-year mortality rates as low as 4% and as high as 80%, depending on where patients fall on the risk spectrum.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Majority of FDA Advisors Give Green Light to Amplatzer PFO Closure Device for Stroke

By Shelley Wood

(UPDATED) The mixed vote comes after two decades of controversy, failed trials, and abandoned devices for patients with cryptogenic stroke.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

After Study Suggests Harm With Too-Low Sodium Intake, the American Heart Association Rebukes

By Todd Neale
A past president of the AHA said the study is flawed and should not be used to inform health policy.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CTA Both Clinically, Economically Comparable to Functional Testing for Suspected CAD

By Leah Lawrence
An economic substudy of the PROMISE trial shows few cost differences between anatomical versus functional diagnostic testing for CAD.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Lower Blood Pressure Also Better in Elderly Patients With Hypertension, SPRINT Analysis Affirms

By Todd Neale
As in the overall trial, patients 75 years and older had lower risks of cardiovascular events and death with more intensive treatment.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

‘Europe Isn’t Waiting’: MitraClip Moves Into New Niches, Big and Small

By Shelley Wood
European operators using the device in a range of specific subsets of patients say they are seeing symptoms improve in difficult-to-treat groups.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Sex Disparities in MI Care Are Narrowing, but There’s Still a Long Way to Go

By Caitlin E. Cox
Anecdotal evidence suggests women delay seeking care, but cardiologists also share responsibility for providing female patients with what they need.
Monday, May 23, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Studies Highlight Permanent Pacemaker Rates Among New-Generation TAVR Devices

By Michael O'Riordan
Pacemaker use was higher both with the Sapien 3 over the XT and with CoreValve over the Portico device, but the data weren’t from randomized patients.
Friday, May 20, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR2016

Embolic Protection in TAVR: If, When, What, and How Debated as Trials Wrap Up

By Shelley Wood
Experts agree: rates of cerebral infarctions are likely underestimated in transcatheter valve procedures, but the role for neuroprotection is unclear.
Friday, May 20, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Innovative Initiatives in Radiation Safety Lower Patient, Operator Dose in the Cath Lab

By Yael L. Maxwell
As knowledge builds about the adverse effects of working in the cath lab, some are getting creative with strategies to reduce radiation.
Friday, May 20, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Early Data Hint at Good Results With Angiography-Derived FFR

By Caitlin E. Cox
Though still being validated, the techniques may help expand the reach of functional assessment, save money, and avoid adenosine use, researchers say.
Friday, May 20, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Planned MitraClip Implantation Safe, Feasible After TAVR, Small Series Suggests

By Yael L. Maxwell
A single-center experience demonstrates improvement in mitral regurgitation regardless of whether it appears before or after TAVR.
Friday, May 20, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Valvular Interventions for the Asymptomatic and Low Risk: Coming Soon to a Cath Lab Near You?

By Yael L. Maxwell

In his EuroPCR 2016 keynote lecture, Patrick Serruys called for interventionalists to understand their “tremendous responsibility” to treat asymptomatic patients.

 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

Closer Look at Effects of CAD on TAVR Outcomes Unearths Grim Prognosis

By Yael L. Maxwell
Compared with patients with CAD alone or those without CAD undergoing TAVR, CAD patients undergoing TAVR face significant risks.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Source: EuroPCR 2016

No Safety Net: TAVR Can Be Done at Centers Without Surgical Backup, German Study Suggests

By Michael O'Riordan
Researchers stressed that cooperation with a surgeon, done via the heart team, is key to performing TAVR without on-site surgery.