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It may not take much more effort than an invitation to a colleague to improve a cath lab’s radiation safety, a medical physicist said at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference in a session on existing and developing approaches. 

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Risk of ischemic stroke within one year of acute MI dropped by 20 percent over a 10-year span in the general Swedish population in a study published online Sept. 18 in Stroke.

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When treated for ischemic left ventricular dysfunction, patients who underwent CABG reported better quality-of-life compared with guideline therapy patients at different time points throughout follow-up of nearly five years. The CABG group also had lower depression scores.

 - unhappy doctor

When choosing a device-based treatment for patients with peripheral artery disease, physicians may find themselves in a quandary. A cost-effectiveness model found that the best deal from a payer’s perspective was the worst option for the provider, according to a presentation Sept. 13 at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific session.

 - Money in a Pill

When it comes to statin adherence, cost matters. A 6 percent greater adherence was seen in patients using generic statins compared with patients on brand-name drugs, according to a study published Sept. 16 in Annals of Internal Medicine.