- merger, acquisition, money, handshake

Merge Healthcare has announced that it has acquired DR Systems, the San Diego-based PACS vendor, in a deal worth $70 million.

 - heart

High-resolution imaging may get physicians closer to the areas that most need epicardial ablation when addressing ventricular tachycardia (VT). Real-time multidetector CT to assist with epicardial ablation proved useful for determining optimal ablation while avoiding coronary arteries and phrenic nerves.

 - doctor consults woman

Many younger women think they’re too young for a heart attack, and healthcare providers don’t take their initial symptoms seriously enough, researchers concluded after interviewing 30 women hospitalized for acute MI.

 - conference speaker audience

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) plans to make most of the general abstracts for its upcoming conference available online for viewing by attendees on March 2, almost two weeks in advance of the three-day event.

 - Doctor and older patient

Rates of optimal care following PCI or CABG surgery were uncomfortably low, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in Circulation. The analysis revealed that by five years of follow-up, only around a third of patients in either group were receiving guideline-based therapies.