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The official position for catheter ablation as a treatment for atrial fibrillation in a draft technology assessment report for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is “can’t tell yet.” The draft report is open for review through Dec. 8.

 

 - ecg, heart, electrophysiology

According to a study published Nov. 19 in JAMA, patients whose STEMI occurred in hospital had poorer outcomes than those whose STEMI occurred beyond the hospital doors.

 - AED

Perhaps not so shocking, but true: When infrastructure for early response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest improves, so do outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in Circulation.

 - High cholesterol/Diabetes

Routinely screening patients with diabetes for asymptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD) failed to improve outcomes, results published online Nov. 17 in JAMA showed.

 - 3D Heart

Cardiac surgeons are learning the utility of 3D printed modeling. As shown Nov. 19 at the American Heart Association scientific session in Chicago, it allows physicians to hold and inspect a rendition of a patient’s heart prior to surgery to get a better understanding of internal anatomy with congenital defects.