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 - AF Ablation

Aggressive management of risk factors may be the key to improving patient outcomes following ablation for atrial fibrillation. Findings published Dec. 2 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggest that in patients with a high body mass index and more than one cardiovascular risk factor, improved long-term outcomes are possible when several risk factors were addressed.

 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

Swiss researchers assessing carotid plaque stenoses using FDG-PET found the procedure accurate in detecting high-risk plaques. They also noted a strong correlation between uptake values of FDG and the presence of microembolic signals detected via transcranial Doppler.

 - ambulance, EMS

A review of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases found that patients who received basic life support in the ambulance had better survival and neurological performance compared with patients given advanced life support.

 - Stent

A biodegradable drug-eluting stent (DES) proved to be noninferior to durable-polymer DES and both showed benefits over bare-metal stents (BMS) in the BASKET-PROVE II clinical trial. The results published online Nov. 19 in Circulation also raise questions about triggers for late complications.

 - heart_drawing

Atrial fibrillation patients taking digoxin may have a 71 percent higher risk of dying, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Circulation: Arrythmia and Electrophysiology.