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Monday, June 27, 2016

Aspirin App Pairs Clinical Studies With Technology to Balance Bleeding, Benefits

By Michael H. Wilson
Researchers have teamed up with a computer programmer to create an easy and personalized way to prescribe aspirin to high-risk cardiovascular patients.
Monday, June 27, 2016

With Greater Uptake, ARNIs Could Potentially Save the Lives of Nearly 30,000 Patients Each Year

By Michael H. Wilson
Researchers estimated the survival benefit for patients with heart failure and reduced EF based on data from the PARADIGM-HF trial.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Clots Found in the Left Atrial Appendage: A Big Deal for TAVR?

By Todd Neale
Uncertainty exists around thrombus incidence, its contribution to stroke, and any implications for management.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Protein-Based Risk Score Shows Potential for Tailored Medicine in Cardiology

By Yael L. Maxwell
One expert argues that proteins may prove more specific than genetics at predicting which patients are at higher risk for future CVD.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Black Individuals Have Less A-fib, but When They Do, the Consequences Are More Dire

By Michael O'Riordan

It’s impossible to say for sure whether the difference is due to disparities in care, since the study is observational, researcher cautions.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Aspirin as Standalone Stroke Protection Still Overused for Patients With A-fib

By Todd Neale
Patients with prior CAD, MI, or angina are often just on aspirin. Anticoagulation trumps antiplatelets if CAD is not recent and active, experts say.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Women Less Likely Than Men to Survive or Get Life-Saving Therapy for Cardiac Arrest

By L.A. McKeown
Although there has been a positive shift overall in the past 10 years, US data show in-hospital mortality is still higher in women compared with men.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When Industry Pays for Meals, Physicians Are More Likely to Prescribe Certain Brand-name Drugs

By Caitlin E. Cox
Even one meal at less than $20 seems to sway prescribing, which could have financial consequences for patients.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tweet This: Digital Health a Research Priority for Emergency Cardiac Care, AHA Says

By Yael L. Maxwell
Implementation, not lack of new technology, will be the issue to overcome for clinicians anxious to use digital strategies, expert says.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Persistent Low-Flow Aortic Stenosis After TAVR Linked With Higher 1-Year Mortality

By Michael O'Riordan
One-third of patients with low flow failed to improve post-TAVR, showing significantly worse outcomes than those with normalized hemodynamics.

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Monday, June 20, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

Teenage TAVR: Should Practice Forge on While Guidelines Grow Up?

By Michael O'Riordan
Some key questions need to answered, not the least of which is the durability of the implanted valves.
Monday, June 20, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

When Is Sick Too Sick for TAVR? Physicians Grapple With Identifying Futile Care

By Michael O'Riordan

Even among the most high-risk patients, some might be willing to undergo TAVR if it provides meaningful improvements in quality of life, say experts.

Monday, June 20, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

Valve Degeneration Data Dearth Spurs Calls for Universal Definitions and Clinical Guidance

By Shelley Wood
A second look at TAVR valve degeneration from the sites that did the earliest cases is stirring the debate over which definitions should be used.
Saturday, June 18, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

Not All Valves With Leaflet Thickening Develop Mobility Problems, Repeat 4D CT Shows in SAVORY

By Michael O'Riordan
As in other reports, oral anticoagulation with warfarin appears to protect patients from developing subclinical leaflet thickening after TAVR and surgery.
Friday, June 17, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

To Intervene or Not to Intervene When the TAVR Patient Has CAD: New Insights

By Shelley Wood
Interventional cardiologists appear to have moved on from the see-it, fix-it approach of the past, but randomized clinical trial data are pending.
Friday, June 17, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

What TAVR Needs Next . . . and What It’s Getting

By Shelley Wood

Amid talk of TAVR’s “relentless” march to low-risk patients at TVT 2016, experts unveiled the low-risk study designs and offered some notes of caution.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 | Source: TVT 2016

Minimalist Transfemoral TAVR Reduces Costs Without Adversely Affecting Clinical Outcomes

By Michael O'Riordan
In the single-center series, a simplified approach cut the average cost of TAVR by $10,000 without increasing the risk of death or stroke at 30 days.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 | Source: EAS 2016

Non-HDL Cholesterol, Inflammation Appear to Be Linked in Patients Undergoing Elective PCI

By Yael L. Maxwell
A single-center study suggests that physicians should look beyond LDL when monitoring cholesterol.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 | Source: EAS 2016

Nutrition and Physical Activity: The ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ for Cardiologists Programmed to Prescribe Pills

By Yael L. Maxwell
Nonpharmaceutical strategies for modifying cardiometabolic risk should be discussed with patients, although a paucity of hard data plagues the field.
Monday, June 06, 2016 | Source: EAS 2016

Preservation of LDL Cholesterol Targets for Lipid Lowering in New European Guidance Gets Blessing of Prevention Experts

By Yael L. Maxwell
The new ESC guidelines uphold specific lipid goals, emphasize lifestyle interventions, and advocate for population-based strategies.