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A meta-analysis of predictors of permanent pacemaker implantation after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) reinforced findings that patients treated with the CoreValve device were at increased risk compared with patients receiving the Sapien device. The predictors may help physicians avoid atrioventricular block-related complications, regardless of device type.

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Only 40 percent of patients with acute coronary syndrome or acute decompensated heart failure in a prospective study were able to correctly identify individual medications, dose and frequency after they left the hospital, highlighting a major problem.

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Incidence of ischemic stroke in patients aged 65 and older decreased by 41 percent between 1988 and 2008, according to data published in the July issue of the American Journal of Medicine. Hemorrhagic stroke decreased 16 percent in the same time period.

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For abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is safer than open aneurism repair (OAR), according to a study published July 9 in JAMA Surgery. The study compared minimally invasive EVAR with the invasive OAR surgery using patient safety indicators.

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Patients with baseline stenosis or small surgical valves who undergo transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantation for failed bioprosthetic devices have lower survival rates than the overall patient population, according to a study published in the July 9 issue of JAMA.