- PCI

Foreign material found in emboli and histological samples of cardiac tissue may be a sign that hydrophilic guidewire coating detaches more frequently than previously reported. The study published in the February issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions suggested that embolized guidewire coating may put patients at greater risk for complications. 

 - SanDiego

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released its lineup for late-breaking clinical trials for its 2015 scientific session. The conference runs March 14-16 in San Diego.

 - MRI

Cardiac MR (CMR) can help guide therapy in patients with recurrent pericarditis. One center reported patients who underwent imaging received a smaller total dose of steroids and experienced fewer recurrences than patients who did not get scans.

 - patient managment, blood pressure

Implementing 2014 hypertension guidelines could save lives and money. A cost analysis study found that full implementation of hypertension guidelines could save 13,000 people from cardiovascular-related deaths and prevent 56,000 cardiovascular events annually.

 - Doctor and older patient

Putting a stop to boomerang heart failure readmissions may require a sympathetic ear in the emergency department (ED). One pilot test has shown that it is possible to identify patients’ barriers to self-care, even in a busy ED setting.