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 - Lotus

A repositionable and retrievable valve proved safe and effective at 30 days in high-risk patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Results from the REPRISE II study were published in the Sept. 30 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 - Pulse

Integrating American Heart Association (AHA) telemetry guidelines into its electronic ordering system saved a healthcare system $4.8 million annually without compromising patient care, according to a study published online Sept. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

 - hourglass brain

Patients on statins had a 4.25 times greater 30-day survival rate following intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) than patients who were not on statins in a study published online Sept. 22 in JAMA: Neurology. Statin use also had a significant impact on whether or not patients were sent home or to a rehabilitation facility.

 - computer

Taking heart health data into a brave new world, Duke University is one of a select few piloting Apple’s HealthKit app. Researchers from Duke will be working with heart failure and cancer patients to pilot a program for uploading patient data to the electronic record using HealthKit. 

 - No radiation

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.