Published online Oct. 17 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the guidelines offer recommendations on when to use transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or neither—and when either technique may be appropriate.

In the past 10 years, Medicare has spent more than $1.5 billion in replacing seven types of defective heart devices, according to the HHS Office of the Inspector General. The same report said patients dished out $140 million in out-of-pocket costs.

The 29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium kicks off in Denver in less than two weeks. In preparation, Gregg W. Stone, MD, co-director of medical research and education at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, provided some expected highlights of this year’s session Oct. 16 during a press briefing.

A smoking trend that’s taken over Japan could soon be making its debut in the American market, possibly eclipsing the infamous e-cigarette as a more authentic alternative to traditional tobacco products.

Digital tracking devices can motivate patients to increase their physical activity outside of structured cardiac rehabilitation, a new study suggests.