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Friday, April 29, 2016

TCTMD’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories for April 2016

By Shelley Wood
TAVR in moderate-risk patients, NOAC comparisons, and a three-part series on the Heart Team were among the stories that struck a chord this month.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Abbott Buys St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion, Gaining More Muscle in Cardiovascular Device Arena

By Michael O'Riordan
The big deal, announced yesterday, grants Abbott access to a range of devices for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, valve disease, and heart failure.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Sluggish CMS Reimbursement Lags Cardiac Device Approvals: Should Value Endpoints be Added to Trials?

By Yael L. Maxwell
Delays between FDA approval and CMS reimbursement create a vexing bottleneck of available devices. Now two cardiologists think they have a solution.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Predilatation or No Predilatation in TAVR? European Series Offers Reassurances Both Ways

By Michael O'Riordan
Results from a single European center are reassuring, says one expert, noting that some had worried any hazard might trend in the opposite direction.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Potential Benefits of Drug-Coated Balloons for Infrapopliteal Disease Remain Uncertain

By Todd Neale
A meta-analysis failed to show an advantage for drug-coated balloons over other therapies in terms of clinical outcomes.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

CAS vs CEA Outcomes in Medicare Population Align with Clinical Trial Data

By L.A. McKeown
Fundamental patient- and provider-level differences may be at the root of the stark disconnect between recent clinical trials and observational data.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

From Chaos to Consistency: How One Michigan Hospital Built a Heart Team That Works

By Yael L. Maxwell
Weekly meetings, better support, a way to compensate participation, and an appetite for change are among the secrets to success at Spectrum Health.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

As TAVR Use Expands, Focus Shifts to Standardizing and Streamlining Care

By Todd Neale
Rigorous assessment is still required, but a blueprint approach is touted as a way to improve overall quality of care and get patients home faster.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Elderly Acute MI Patients Still Waiting Too Long to Seek Medical Care

By Michael O'Riordan
Over a recent 10-year period, there has been no improvement in the timeliness of seeking medical care among elderly patients with acute MI.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

One-Year Survival Similar after MI With or Without Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

By Leah Lawrence
If they survived to discharge, older patients with MI and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest had a “reasonably good” prognosis, a new study suggests.

Conference Newsview all

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Hot or Not, This Year’s Trials Offer Food for Thought: My Takeaways From ACC 2016

By Shelley Wood
As the number of late breakers at cardiology conferences grows ever larger, it gets harder to seek out other topics, including some that really matter.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

New Insights Into MitraClip Performance in Both Functional and Degenerative MR Subtypes, as Use Expands

By Shelley Wood
EVEREST II REALISM registry results hint that commonly seen types of functional MR may achieve early success rates similar to degenerative cases.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Hints of What’s to Come in New Coronary Revascularization AUC

By Caitlin E. Cox
Details divulged at ACC 2016 reveal that the document will split into two parts: one devoted to ACS and the other to stable ischemic heart disease.
Monday, April 11, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Toker’s Paradox? Marijuana Users Face Lower Short-Term Risks After Acute MI, Study Hints

By Todd Neale
As use of marijuana increases, further research is needed to understand potential cardiovascular effects.
Friday, April 08, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

CABG Beats Medical Therapy in CAD Patients With Severe LV Dysfunction: STICH 10-Year Results

By Shelley Wood
The late findings from what was originally deemed a negative study should prompt a guideline change and new discussions with patients, experts say.
Friday, April 08, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

CT Angiography and Stress Testing: Prognostic Value Differs Between Women and Men

By Caitlin E. Cox
(UPDATED)CTA comes out ahead of stress tests in predicting clinical events in women, while in men, the two tests are on more equal footing, PROMISE data show.
Thursday, April 07, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Valve Hemodynamic Deterioration Post-TAVR Is Rare, Not Linked With Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes

By Michael O'Riordan

Although this phenomenon following TAVR has been documented previously, a new analysis attempts to address the clinical consequences.

Thursday, April 07, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Cardioband Transcatheter Mitral Annulus Repair Appears Safe, Effective in Functional MR

By Shelley Wood

Results for the first 50 patients treated with the device look promising at one-year, but one expert wants to see enthusiasm kept in check.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Comparing the Novel Oral Anticoagulants: Effectiveness Similar, but Apixaban May Come With Less Bleeding

By Todd Neale
The nonrandomized nature of the study makes it hard to make definitive conclusions, one expert says.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | Source: ACC 2016

Older Men With Existing Coronary Disease at Highest Risk of Dying During a Triathlon

By Michael O'Riordan
The popularity of endurance sports has exploded in the last 15 years, but researchers caution a small number of athletes about the potential CV risks.