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 - Gavel and stethoscope

Two cardiologists in Kentucky agreed to pay $380,000 in the culmination of a whistleblower case that led to a $16.5 million settlement and a prison term for a third cardiologist.

 - High blood pressure, hypertension

With nearly five years left on the Healthy People 2020 goals for hypertension, researchers measured progress and found much wanting. Although key areas have improved, according to the study published online Oct. 20 in Circulation, prevalent hypertension remained well above the goal of 26.9 percent and hypertension control efforts plateaued well below the goal of 61.2 percent.

 - Doc with money

Not bad for starters. Depending on the subspecialty, newly minted cardiologists made between $189,000 and $360,000 in 2013.

 - Big Risk

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has a lower 30-day mortality rate than open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery in trials, but rates may not be as low in a real-world setting. Researchers who compared findings from a national clinical database against a recent trial believe the difference may be in the patient cohort’s pre-existing health status.

 - Decision

Most cardiologists who participated in an international web survey used angiography results to assess intermediate stenoses over requesting fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurements or other techniques, contrary to guidelines. This was the case even when resources were not an obstacle.