Cardiology

  • High TAVR rates linked to fewer readmissions

    on June 23rd, 2017
    FROM JAMA CARDIOLOGY WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Hospitals with a higher volume of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs) have significantly lower 30-day readmission rates, according to an observational study. In a study of 129 hospitals, those that performed more than 100 TAVR [...]
  • FDA advisory committee supports new CV liraglutide indication

    on June 22nd, 2017
    A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 17-2 in support of a supplemental new drug application for liraglutide (Victoza) injections to reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease. Novo Nordisk, the maker[...]
  • SPRINT: Intensive BP control cut cardiovascular risk in patients with prediabetes

    on June 21st, 2017
    AT THE ADA ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Treating systolic hypertension to a target of 120 mm Hg instead of 140 mm Hg significantly reduced the rate of cardiovascular events in high-risk patients with prediabetes, according to a post-hoc analysis of the multicente[...]
  • Surgeon volume affects mitral valve surgery outcomes

    on June 21st, 2017
    FROM THE AATS ANNUAL MEETING AND THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY CHICAGO – A total annual surgeon volume of fewer than 25 operations was associated with increased 1-year mortality and reoperation rates, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Association for Thoracic [...]
  • Breastfeeding may reduce moms’ stroke risk

    on June 21st, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Breastfeeding not only benefits babies; it also may lower the risk for a heart attack or stroke later in life for mothers who breastfeed more than for women who don’t. The findings, which were published online June 21 in the Journal of the America[...]
  • Coconut oil and dairy fats pose similar CVD risk

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM CIRCULATION Are saturated fats good for you or not? A new American Heart Association presidential advisory says no. In a mixed-effects meta-analysis of four core trials and six noncore trials, the AHA found that replacing saturated fats – particularly coconut oil and dairy fats – with veget[...]
  • FFR stumbles in revascularization deferral decisions for ACS

    on June 20th, 2017
    AT EUROPCR Paris (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – One-year outcomes were significantly worse in patients with acute coronary syndrome whose revascularization was deferred based upon the results of fractional flow reserve than with instantaneous wave-free ratio, in the largest-ever study of patients whos[...]
  • Rest dyspnea dims as acute heart failure treatment target

    on June 19th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM HEART FAILURE 2017 PARIS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – During the most recent pharmaceutical generation, drug development for heart failure largely focused on acute heart failure, and specifically on patients with rest dyspnea as the primary manifestation of their acute heart fai[...]
  • Most arrhythmia clinic patients have undetected OSA

    on June 19th, 2017
    AT SLEEP 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In a study of patients without a previous diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), 85% of participants in outpatient arrhythmia clinics had undetected OSA. The study, which also excluded patients who had ever been treated for OSA, was presented by[...]
  • Shift to minimally invasive MV surgery picks up

    on June 19th, 2017
    AT THE AATS MITRAL CONCLAVE 2017 NEW YORK (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – An analysis of a Society of Thoracic Surgeons database has identified a significant increase in volumes for isolated mitral valve surgery and leaflet prolapse this decade, with a shift toward minimally invasive approaches, accord[...]
  • Fewer early neurologic complications with TAVR than SAVR

    on June 18th, 2017
    AT EuroPCR Paris (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with severe aortic stenosis at intermediate operative risk have a significantly lower 30-day risk of stroke and other neurologic complications with transcatheter aortic valve replacement than with surgical replacement, according to new results f[...]
  • In 8 years, TMVR means more procedures

    on June 17th, 2017
    AT THE AATS MITRAL CONCLAVE 2017 NEW YORK (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Since the commercialization of transcatheter mitral valve repair, the share of these procedures among all mitral operations has grown exponentially and has also contributed to an increase in the number of overall mitral procedure[...]
  • Cancer, heart disease increase MRSA mortality

    on June 16th, 2017
    FROM INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Cancer, heart, and neurologic disease are associated with significantly higher 30-day mortality from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a study that also showed mortality rates have changed little in 9 years. A retrospec[...]
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