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Almost one-third of patients who visit the emergency department for acute heart failure will return two or more times within a year, results published online Aug. 19 showed. Could readmissions penalties exacerbate the problem?

 - Elderly Patient

An appropriate, risk-reducing goal for blood pressure (BP) in elderly hypertension patients is the heart of targets in a study that took recommendations by the 2014 Eighth Joint National Committee panel to task. The results were published in the Aug. 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 - health_costs

Buyers beware. Hospitals in California charged as little as $10 and as much as $10,169 for a lipid panel test, according to an analysis published Aug. 15 in BMJ Open.

 - Clock

The IN-TIME study showed an improvement in clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure who were telemonitored, according to results published online Aug. 16 in The Lancet.

 - Neon Heart

Using 3D imaging and computer models to allow fast computation, researchers developed a method they propose may be safer, more efficient and cost less than traditional wire-based fractional flow reserve (FFR) calculations for assessing coronary stenosis.