TCTMD’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories for May 2021
ACC 2021 studies dominated this month, but COVID-19 and a new add-on payment for coronary lithotripsy also made the list.
Our most-popular list this month was overrun with studies presented at the American College of Cardiology 2021 Scientific Session, with HOST-EXAM, PARADISE-MI, and ATLANTIS taking top spots, along with our COVID-19 Daily Dispatch. Details on the immune reaction responsible for the increased clotting risk seen after certain types of COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as news that US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) add-on reimbursement had been granted for a coronary lithotripsy device, also made our top 10. Find full coverage of the ACC 2021 and EuroPCR 2021 meetings on our conference pages.
The Korean study will require replication in larger, more-diverse populations, and extended follow-up is welcome, experts say.
Despite the missed endpoint, sacubitril/valsartan was safe and supports an incremental clinical benefit, researchers conclude.
We’re curating a list of COVID-19 research and other useful content, and updating it daily.
Future research needs to consider the longer-term impact of thrombus and whether certain patient subsets could benefit.
This is the second NEJM paper to highlight anti-PF4 antibodies as a cause for thrombotic events with the AstraZeneca/Oxford shot.
The trial was stopped early for futility and missed its primary endpoint, but secondary outcomes point to potential gains.
Renal denervation cut systolic BP by 8.0 mm Hg in patients resistant to meds. One expert still urges lifestyle changes first.
Calling the trial conclusive, a researcher says, “We have a safe, effective intervention that can be done at low cost, low risk for patients.”
At $4,700, the new intravascular lithotripsy system was priced high in the hopes of an NTAP. Some say the math still irks them.
Gregg Stone calls the data hypothesis-generating, but William Boden disagrees, calling them “interventional science fiction.”
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