Cardiology

  • Anticoagulant resumption after ICH aids patients

    on February 24th, 2017
    AT THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Even when patients on an oral anticoagulant have the dreaded complication of an intracerebral hemorrhage, resumption of their oral anticoagulation regimen appears to produce the best midterm outcomes, based on a meta-analysi[...]
  • STEMI team repurposed for rapid treatment of pulmonary emboli

    on February 23rd, 2017
    AT THE 2017 CRT MEETING WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The in-hospital team responsible for rapid management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) may also be the right team to manage pulmonary embolism (PE), according to a pilot study associating this approach with rapid treatment [...]
  • Robotic PCI success rates higher with radial access

    on February 23rd, 2017
    AT CRT 2017 WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The clinical and technical success rates are higher among patients undergoing robotic percutaneous coronary interventions through radial than femoral access, according to registry data presented at CRT 2017 sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research [...]
  • Nonthoracic MRI safe in patients with cardiac devices

    on February 23rd, 2017
    FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Nonthoracic MRI was safe in patients who had implanted non–MRI-conditional pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators, as long as they followed a specific safety protocol before and after the imaging procedure, according to a report published onl[...]
  • Exercise can boost cognition after stroke

    on February 23rd, 2017
    AT THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Exercise seems to improve some of the cognitive difficulties that can manifest in stroke survivors, even if patients don’t hit the gym for a couple of years after the incident. A meta-analysis of 14 randomized, controlled [...]
  • Mesh cylinder effective for small to medium wide-necked aneurysms

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – An expandable mesh cylinder that is approved to treat large, wide-necked carotid aneurysms has now proved successful in treating small lesions of the internal carotid or vertebral artery up to 12 mm in diameter. The Pipeline[...]
  • Consider ultraslow thrombolysis for mechanical valve thrombosis

    on February 22nd, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONFERENCE AT SNOWMASS SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Ultraslow infusion of a very-low-dose thrombolytic agent for treatment of mechanical prosthetic valve thrombosis appears to be as effective as surgery – the former first-line therapy – and[...]
  • Testosterone Trials’ cardiac, cognitive results disappoint

    on February 22nd, 2017
    FROM JAMA AND JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE Testosterone treatment may have beneficial effects on unexplained anemia or bone density in men with age-related low testosterone, but at the cost of an increase in coronary artery plaque and with no benefit on cognitive function, new research suggests. The resul[...]
  • Pheochromocytoma linked to higher risk of postop complications

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with pheochromocytoma are likely to have preoperative comorbidities that predispose them to postoperative cardiopulmonary complications, leading to a longer length of stay and greater hospital charges. A 5-year nationa[...]
  • The two faces of mitral regurgitation

    on February 21st, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONFERENCE AT SNOWMASS SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Primary mitral regurgitation and secondary mitral regurgitation may sound a lot alike, but they are in fact starkly different diseases, Blase A. Carabello, MD, said at the Annual Cardiovascula[...]
  • Aortic repair in Loeys-Dietz syndrome requires close follow-up

    on February 21st, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY The knowledge about Loeys-Dietz syndrome has evolved quickly since Hal Dietz, MD, and Bart Loeys, MD, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, first reported on it in 2005. Now, another team of Johns Hopkins investigators have re[...]
  • Will genome editing advance animal-to-human transplantation?

    on February 17th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY Advances in gene editing are pushing the possibility of raising pigs for organs that may be transplanted into humans with immunosuppression regimens comparable to those now used in human-to-human transplants, coauthors James But[...]
  • Will genome editing advance animal-to-human transplantation?

    on February 17th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY Advances in gene editing are pushing the possibility of raising pigs for organs that may be transplanted into humans with immunosuppression regimens comparable to those now used in human-to-human transplants, coauthors James But[...]
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