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Patients undergoing cardiac surgery had mixed results when using colchicine to reduce the incidence of postpericardiotomy syndrome, postoperative atrial fibrillation or postoperative pericardial or plural effusion, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in JAMA.

 - Chest Pain

Heart patients taking ivabradine did not experience a higher survival rate over placebo in a trial published online Aug. 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the 2014 European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona. 

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will shut down the Open Payments website twice again “for maintenance.” The latest setback prompted the American Medical Association (AMA) to call for a six-month delay in the program launch.

 - heart

Three major quantitative softwares offer cardiologists a comprehensive map of myocardial perfusion and function, but they do not always agree, according to a study in the August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

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U.S. not-for-profit hospitals’ revenue growth hit an all-time low of 3.9 percent in 2013, Moody’s Investor Services calculated, with little relief in sight for 2014.