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 - Meaningful_Use

Tired of plugging patient data into computers for quality assessments, especially when it requires digging through files and other time-consuming tasks? Relief may be in sight.

 - electrophysiology, ICD, pacemaker

Pacemaker implantation after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may increase repeat hospitalization and mortality risks at 30 days and one year, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions.

 - Sleepy physician

Operators who pull an all-nighter in the cath lab don’t appear to put the patients they treat the next day at risk, according to one study. The likelihood of bleeding complications increased under the care of chronically sleep-deprived physicians, though.

 - Yellow Pills

Use of short-term, high-dose atorvastatin may help patients avoid contrast-induced kidney injury, according to a meta-analysis published in the February issue of The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

 - wine

A little nip may not hurt the heart. Secondary analysis of Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities data found moderate drinkers had lower risk for cardiovascular events than those who had more to drink or abstained. Findings were similar for both men and women.