A randomized trial published April 24 in JAMA suggests patients with lower-extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) can’t be expected to improve walking performance on their own, even with the aid of wearable activity trackers and telephone coaching sessions.
Modifying the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening algorithm to include one repeat pulse oximetry test instead of two could identify more infants with other serious diseases that require attention, according to a study published online April 24 in Pediatrics.
Individuals with obesity are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study published April 18 in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Apr 25, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
A new CMS proposal will require hospitals to post their standard prices for treatments online and aims to increase patient access to electronic health records.
Apr 24, 2018 | Hypertension
Although they didn’t garner as much attention as the adult guidelines, the criteria for determining hypertension in children also changed in 2017. They led to an increase in individuals considered outside the normal range, according to a study published online April 23 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Apr 24, 2018 | Hypertension
New research from Michigan Technological University suggests an hour of mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety and positively impact cardiovascular health—in particular, blood pressure. Study findings were presented April 23 at the 2018 Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego.
Apr 24, 2018 | Imaging
Maltodextrin imaging agents can distinguish bacterial infections from inflamed areas, according to a rat study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Ideally, this finding could lead to novel tracers to catch infections from implanted cardiac devices (ICDs) before they require removal.
Apr 24, 2018 | Practice Management
Millennials are accustomed to instant feedback and communication, leading to the overgeneralization that they are "impatient or needy," three physicians wrote in JAMA. But understanding their unique needs and what strengths they could add to the medical field are crucial in developing better mentor-mentee relationships and ensuring the next generation of physicians is engaged.
Apr 23, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
Metabolically healthy obesity (MHO) is not a stable state—rather, it's a slippery slope toward metabolic syndrome and increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), suggests a long-term study published April 23 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Apr 23, 2018 | Imaging
MRI of cerebral functional network connectivity in comatose patients who recently suffered cardiac arrest may help determine if they will recover cognitive abilities at one year, according to a new study published April 23 in Radiology.
Researchers have identified what they believe is a molecular explanation for why cardiovascular disease (CVD) occurs later in women than in men.
Intravenous nicorandil cut the risk of periprocedural myocardial injury (pMI) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) by 49 percent among patients 65 and older, according to a substudy of a randomized trial published in PLOS One.
Medtronic’s IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) has received an expanded indication from the FDA and is now cleared to treat long superficial femoral artery lesions up to 360 millimeters, the company announced April 23.
Apr 23, 2018 | Practice Management
Telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular across all fields of medicine, but doctors aren’t necessarily taught how to use it effectively, a researcher and physician wrote in the Washington Post.
About 47 percent of on-duty firefighter deaths are heart-related, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
Heart disease patients who are slow walkers are at a higher risk of hospitalization than their speedier counterparts, according to research presented April 20 at EuroPrevent 2018.
An antioxidant that targets cellular mitochondria appeared to reverse age-related vascular changes by 15 to 20 years in older adults, according to a small, first-in-human study published April 16 in Hypertension.
The FDA has approved a firmware update aimed at addressing two previously reported issues with some of Abbott’s implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds).
Nearly one in 10 patients who receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) end up back in the hospital with an unplanned readmission within 30 days, according to a study published online April 2 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. These readmissions are usually for noncardiac causes and heavily linked to a patient’s comorbidities and place of discharge, the researchers found.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Cardiologists earn an average of $423,000 annually, according to the 2018 Medscape Cardiologist Compensation Report, up from $410,000 in last year’s survey. That salary puts cardiology third among all specialties—behind only plastic surgery ($501,000) and orthopedics ($497,000).
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The FDA’s voluntary sodium reduction goals for packaged and processed foods could greatly reduce or delay deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the U.S. and are cost-saving even in pessimistic simulations, according to a study published online April 10 in PLOS Medicine.

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