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The American Heart Association is promoting three pillars to maximize radiation safety in patients who undergo cardiovascular imaging: education, justification and optimization. Several societies endorsed the recommendations, which were published online Sept. 29 in Circulation.

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Women are almost twice as likely as men to die of any cause in hospital after a STEMI-related primary PCI, according to a study published online Sept. 29 in JAMA: Internal Medicine. This disparity occurs in spite of increased awareness of modifiable risks, researchers wrote.

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Cardiologists who used a handheld ultrasound were more likely to make an accurate diagnosis of patients with common cardiovascular abnormalities than colleagues who relied on a physical exam, for an estimated savings of $63 per patient. Handheld ultrasound’s ability to rule out abnormalities also likely would reduce downstream testing, according to a study published online Sept. 17 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be good for what hurts, but they also could be setting patients up for pulmonary embolism. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk was increased in patients on NSAIDs, according to a study published Sept. 29 in Rheumatology.

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Obstructive sleep apnea increased rates of postoperative cardiac events, according to a study published in the October issue of Anesthesiology.