Studies have shown that permanent pacemaker implantation is among the most common complications for patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Still, the risk may be underestimated, according to a recent analysis.

Northwestern University’s cardiology department and cardiothoracic surgery programs have jumped from No. 25 to No. 6 in the U.S. News and World Report ranking in just six years. Cardiovascular Business spoke with the department's head, Clyde W. Yancy, MD, about successes in his division, what consequences could be looming in light of MACRA and what advice he has for his peers.

After adjusting for physical and psychiatric illness, patients in Taiwan with an acute coronary syndrome had increased odds of suicide, according to a case-referent study. The odds of suicide were highest during the six months following an acute coronary syndrome and remained high for at least four years.

Studies have shown that small amounts of alcohol could reduce the incidence of coronary disease. However, a recent review found that the benefits of alcohol do not apply to atrial fibrillation. In fact, the researchers noted that alcohol was a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, also known as an irregular heartbeat.

A study of healthy adults found that the mean awake ambulatory blood pressure was often higher than clinic blood pressure and that 15.7 percent of adults with nonelevated clinical blood pressure had masked hypertension.