TCTMD’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories for March 2022
From our COVID-19 Dispatch to current events and cardiology news, this month’s most-read stories spanned the globe.
COVID-19 again held the spotlight this month, with TCTMD’s Dispatch taking the lead. But the rest of the top 10 stories for March cover a wide mix: the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)’s response to the war in Ukraine, data on skipping stents in STEMI, an advance for CT angiography, pregnancy’s high price tag for women cardiologists, as well as sad news about the world’s first pig heart transplant. And, the US approval of empagliflozin in HFpEF continued to draw readers. Yet another story honored the life of stent pioneer Dr. José Eduardo Sousa. Two TCTMD feature articles also made the cut: one explored whether cardiologists should treat their own family members, while the other envisioned aortic valves of the future.
1. COVID-19 TCTMD’s COVID-19 Dispatch
Some say it’s necessary. Others say it unfairly isolates colleagues in no way involved with the conflict in Ukraine.
Data from DANAMI3-DEFER hint that it can be safe in some patients who have adequate flow and minimal residual stenosis.
One interventional cardiologist put five stents in her father. Many others said this risks objectivity, ethics, and potentially outcomes.
Innovators are probing new materials and delivery systems, but the hunt for ways to curb or reverse calcification is wide open.
Sousa was the first cardiologist to deploy a Palmaz-Schatz stent, in 1987, and the first to implant a drug-eluting stent, in 1999.
Bennett survived 2 months after the transplantation and doctors praised his role for moving the science forward.
While not superior to invasive coronary angiography, workup based on CT angiography was linked to a similar risk of long-term MACE, but with fewer complications.
More than an inconvenience—job difficulties faced during pregnancy may well be illegal, not to mention unsafe.
This weekend, the TCTMD team descends on Washington, DC, to attend the American College of Cardiology 2022 Scientific Session. You can find all our news coverage here. And if you’re there on-site, do come say hello! Also, check out our top blogs and videos, all of which highlight Ukraine: the latest Fellow Talk, Off Script, and Beyond the Data.