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 - surgery

The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on cardiac MR predicted perioperative risk and worse survival in patients with severe aortic stenosis who were to undergo surgical aortic valve replacement, according to a study published in the July 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 - practice management

Researchers developed and validated a simple risk model that identifies implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICDs) patients at risk of an inadequate defibrillation safety margin during defibrillation testing. By predicting who is at risk, physicians may be able to avoid related complications and better manage patients.

 - Beer

Jack, Jim and Jose may be doing more than hurting heads; they may be breaking hearts. According to a study published July 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, what people drink is as important as how much and how often they drink in developing atrial fibrillation (AF).

 - pills

Adding niacin and laropiprant to statins in patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease increased the risk of adverse events without providing therapeutic benefits compared to statins and a placebo, according to results from the HPS2-THRIVE trial.

 - EHR, mobile device

Using an EHR and automated office blood pressure checks together, one research team is applying 21st century solutions to the problem of diagnosing hypertension.