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Friday, March 27, 2015 | Source: JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions

Patients Report No Damage to Upper Extremity Function After Radial Procedures

By L.A. McKeown
While coronary catheterization via radial access potentially can induce anatomic and physiological changes, patients who undergo these procedures are…
Friday, March 27, 2015 | Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions

Registry Study: Embolic Protection Does Not Appear to Improve SVG PCI Outcomes

By Todd Neale
Use of embolic protection devices during saphenous vein graft (SVG) interventions is associated with an increase in procedural complications without corresponding…
Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Early Discharge Feasible, Safe for Selected Elderly STEMI Patients

By Yael L. Maxwell
Some elderly STEMI patients who do not develop in-hospital complications after undergoing primary PCI may be safely discharged home as early as 48 hours…
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Source: Journal of the American Medical Association

Stenting for Symptomatic Intracranial Stenosis Flops Again

By Todd Neale

For patients with symptomatic intracranial stenosis, treatment with a balloon-expandable stent worsens outcomes compared with medical therapy alone,…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Source: Lancet

PARTNER at 5 Years: TAVR Shows Durable Benefit in Inoperable Patients

By Kim Dalton

For inoperable patients with severe aortic stenosis, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) provides sustained improvements in survival and function…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Source: Journal of the American Medical Association

DAPT Substudy: No Apparent Benefit of Long-term DAPT in BMS Patients

By Yael L. Maxwell

Patients treated with BMS receive no benefit from continuing dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) past 12 months if no major bleeding occurs, according…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Source: American Journal of Cardiology

Meta-analysis: Mortality Lower With PCI vs Medical Therapy Alone in Stable Patients With Documented Ischemia

By L.A. McKeown

It remains unclear whether PCI holds an edge over optimal medical therapy (OMT) for hard outcomes like death and MI in patients with stable ischemic…

Monday, March 23, 2015 | Source: Journal of the American Medical Association

BRIGHT Published: Prolonged Bivalirudin Reduces Bleeding, Tames Early Stent Thrombosis in Primary PCI

By Kim Dalton

In acute MI patients undergoing primary PCI, bivalirudin reduces bleeding but does not increase ischemic events compared with heparin with or without…

Friday, March 20, 2015 | Source: the US Food and Drug Administration

After Years of Scrutiny, Watchman Ready for Prime Time

By L.A. McKeown With Yael L. Maxwell

With the recent approval of the Watchman device as an alternative to warfarin, US clinicians finally have another option for preventing stroke in…

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

SYNTAX Analysis Disputes ‘Smoker’s Paradox’

By Caitlin E. Cox

Smoking worsens the long-term prognosis of patients with complex CAD who have undergone revascularization, particularly regarding the risk of recurrent…

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Friday, March 20, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

ACC-i2 2015: Strategies to Enhance PCI Results, TAVR Highlighted

By Todd Neale

SAN DIEGO, CA—Late-breaking clinical research presented March 14-16, 2015, at the American College of Cardiology/i2 Scientific Session spanned multiple…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

Small Study Suggests Benefits of Denervation for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

By Todd Neale

SAN DIEGO, CA—Catheter-based denervation of the pulmonary artery is associated with improvements in functional outcomes and hemodynamic variables…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

TVT Registry: MitraClip Holds Up Well in Early US Commercial Experience

By L.A. McKeown

SAN DIEGO, CA—Initial US use of transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) has resulted in high procedural success and low complication rates, according…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

MATRIX Provides Support for Radial Access, Mixed Results for Bivalirudin

By Todd Neale

SAN DIEGO, CA—Among ACS patients undergoing invasive management, the use of radial vs femoral access improves outcomes, driven by reductions in major…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

DANAMI3-PRIMULTI: Complete Revascularization Improves Outcomes for STEMI

By Yael L. Maxwell

SAN DIEGO, CA—Complete revascularization using FFR-guided PCI in STEMI patients reduces adverse events at 1 year compared with infarct-related artery…

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

ERRICA: Remote Ischemic Preconditioning Fails to Improve Long-Term Outcomes After CABG

By Yael L. Maxwell

SAN DIEGO, CA—Remote ischemic conditioning prior to on-pump CABG in high-risk patients fails to reduce long-term adverse events, according to results…

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

TOTAL: Use of Routine Thrombectomy in Primary PCI Takes Another Blow

By Todd Neale

SAN DIEGO, CA—Performing manual thrombectomy routinely prior to primary PCI does not improve 180-day outcomes among patients with STEMI over PCI alone,…

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

Early Invasive Strategy Dramatically Lowers Risk of Death, MI in Older NSTE-ACS Patients

By L.A. McKeown

SAN DIEGO, CA—Patients over age 80 who have NSTE-ACS or unstable angina are less likely to die, suffer an MI, or need urgent revascularization with…

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

DEFLECT III: TAVR Neuroprotection Device Safely Reduces Lesion Volume

By Yael L. Maxwell

SAN DIEGO, CA—Use of a novel neuroprotection during TAVR is safe and has the potential to eradicate cerebral lesions that cause stroke, according…

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Source: ACC.15 and TCT@ACC-i2

BEST: Due to Less TVR, CABG Still Favored Over PCI in Patients with Multivessel Disease

By L.A. McKeown

SAN DIEGO, CA—Even with the availability of newer-generation DES, patients with multivessel coronary artery disease still have better outcomes with…