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 - heart attack

Sometimes, more isn’t better. Research suggests that myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and coronary computed tomography angiography may be bringing more patients with chest pain to the cath lab following a trip to the emergency room than is necessary. 

 - Washington

The FDA named cardiologist Robert Califf, MD, deputy commissioner of medical products and tobacco. He will assume the post in late February.

 - Football

Call it Monday morning quarterbacking, but with the chance to actually change the game. Based on one study, hospitals likely will see in uptick in heart failure admissions after Super Bowl Sunday—but cardiologists still have time to coach their patients to play it smart.

 - cath lab activation, OR

It may sound counterintuitive, but healthcare costs could be reduced by including weekend hours in the cardiac catheterization lab, according to a study published in the March issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

 - walk

The rate of lower limb amputations in Medicare patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) took a nosedive over the past 15 years while endovascular interventions rose, according to a study published in the January issue of JAMA Surgery.