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

Residual Dissection After DCB Treatment for De Novo CAD Generally Resolves

By Caitlin E. Cox,

Patients who have residual dissection after being treated with second-generation drug-coated balloons (DCBs) in native coronary lesions still have…

Thursday, November 26, 2015 | Source: JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions

Does the Watchman LAA Occluder Reduce Bleeding?

By L.A. McKeown

Beyond the periprocedural period, use of the Watchman device for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure reduces the risk of major bleeding compared…

Thursday, November 26, 2015 | Source: EuroIntervention

Amid Push-Back, Direct Industry Sponsorship of Physicians on Its Way Out in Europe

By Todd Neale

Next week, MedTech Europe, an alliance of medical technology industry associations, is moving ahead with plans to phase out direct sponsorship…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | Source: Annals of Internal Medicine

Meta-Analysis Boosts Case for Increased Use of Radial Access

By Allison Palkhivala

A meta-analysis of recent randomized trials comparing femoral- and radial- access PCI in ACS patients points to significant reductions in deaths,…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Source: JACC

The Next Frontier: Repositionable, Retrievable Transcatheter Valves Show Promise in Noncalcific Aortic Regurgitation

By Yael L. Maxwell

As transcatheter valve technology transitions from its original intended use in calcified aortic stenosis to potentially treating patients with…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Source: JACC

Campeau Paradox: Is Femoral Proficiency Lost When Radial Access Thrives?

By L.A. McKeown

Increasing utilization of radial access may have the unintended effect of leading to more vascular complications for femoral access due to a loss…

Monday, November 23, 2015 | Source: NEJM

New Findings on Biosprosthetic Valve Thrombosis Have Implications for Surveillance, Research

By Caitlin E. Cox

Only a month after a study in the New England Journal of Medicine grabbed headlines by documenting reduced leaflet motion—a possible sign of subclinical…

Monday, November 23, 2015 | Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Google Glass Used to Assist CTO Recanalization in Proof-of-Concept Study

By Todd Neale

A wearable computer used to visualize 3-dimensional coronary CT angiography (CTA) images was successfully employed during recanalization of a chronic…

Monday, November 23, 2015 | Source: FDA

FDA Warns of Potentially Serious Problems With Intravascular Device Coatings

By Shelley Wood

The US FDA is warning healthcare providers about potential problems with the coatings on intravascular devices following 11 recalls since January…

Friday, November 20, 2015 | Source: American Heart Journal

Post-PCI Neurological Events, Though Infrequent, Continue to Carry ‘Abysmal’ Consequences

By Todd Neale

Rates of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or TIA after PCI have remained low since 2002, despite increases in several risk factors for stroke, a…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | Source: VEITH

Controversial Intravascular Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Moves from Cath Lab to the OR

By L.A. McKeown

New York, NY—An Italian doctor who stunned the world 6 years ago by reporting remarkable success treating multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | Source: VEITH

EVAR Takes the Lead in Continuing Debate Over Best Therapy for Ruptured AAAs

By Caitlin E. Cox

New York, NY—During a session at last week’s 2015 VEITH Symposium devoted to analyzing the IMPROVE trial and understanding its importance, participants…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Source: VEITH

For Intermittent Claudication, Exercise is Key—But Intervention, Surgery Have Their Place

By Yael L. Maxwell

NEW YORK, NY—Treating real-world patients with intermittent claudication means weighing the risks and benefits of revascularization, exercise,…

Friday, November 20, 2015 | Source: VEITH

DCBs for Femoropoliteal Disease: What’s Now and What’s Next?

By Yael L. Maxwell

NEW YORK, NY—After years of promising results, trials of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) showing greater retention of primary patency over conventional…

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Source: VEITH

Experts Continue to Grapple With Stenting or Endarterectomy for Carotid Stenosis

By Todd Neale

After more than a decade of clinical trials specifically comparing the two approaches, the choice of carotid artery stenting (CAS) or endarterectomy…

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Despite Survival Benefit With CABG, More Diabetic Patients With MVD Still Treated With PCI

By Yael L. Maxwell

ORLANDO, FL—Real-world data again support the role of CABG over PCI in diabetic patients with multivessel CAD—especially those with stable ACS—yet…

Monday, November 16, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

My Takeaways From AHA 2015

By Shelley Wood

I understand why the major cardiovascular societies like the American Heart Association (AHA) choose Orlando for their meetings, logistically speaking,…

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Varenicline Helps ACS Patients Quit Smoking, But Effect Wanes

By Todd Neale

ORLANDO, FL—When started in the hospital, varenicline increases smoking abstinence in ACS patients for up to 6 months when accompanied by low-intensity…

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Degree of LDL Cholesterol-Lowering on High-Intensity Rosuvastatin Determines Clinical Impact

By Todd Neale

ORLANDO, FL—Greater percent reductions in LDL cholesterol are associated with bigger reductions in adverse cardiovascular outcomes among initially…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | Source: AHA 2015

Most Drug Discontinuations in PEGASUS-TIMI 54 Related to Dyspnea, Bleeding

By Todd Neale

ORLANDO, FL—The higher rate of premature discontinuation of ticagrelor vs placebo in the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 trial of stable outpatients with prior…