- Nurse with patient

Patients at high risk of cardiovascular events received equivalent care, whether from a primary care physician or a nonphysician, in a study that compared the effectiveness of outpatient care. But both groups showed room for improvement.

 - TAVR

Five years after patients underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), 45.5 percent were still alive, according to an analysis of a United Kingdom registry.

 - Cardiac Imaging Workspace

An analysis of patients with severe systolic heart failure found that right ventricular free wall longitudinal strain was the most accurate diagnostic tool for detecting myocardial fibrosis. The patients’ right ventricles were significantly enlarged when their systolic function was reduced.

 - SPECT/CT, LVAD. molecular imaging, structural heart

Nearly one-third of patients had cognitive decline one year after undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation for advanced heart failure, according to an analysis of a large, multicenter, observational registry

 - blood clot, platelets, vein

Anticoagulation won and retrievable inferior vena cava filters lost in a randomized clinical trial that assessed their benefit and risk in patients at a high risk of a recurrence of pulmonary embolism. Improvements in the former may have leveled the playing field.