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 - clinical trial

PCI guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR) in patients with stable coronary artery disease who were treated with second-generation drug-eluting stents and medical therapy reduced the need for urgent revascularization compared with medical therapy alone, according to two-year results from FAME 2.

 - surgery

Patients undergoing cardiac surgery had mixed results when using colchicine to reduce the incidence of postpericardiotomy syndrome, postoperative atrial fibrillation or postoperative pericardial or plural effusion, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in JAMA.

 - Chest Pain

Heart patients taking ivabradine did not experience a higher survival rate over placebo in a trial published online Aug. 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the 2014 European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona. 

 - website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will shut down the Open Payments website twice again “for maintenance.” The latest setback prompted the American Medical Association (AMA) to call for a six-month delay in the program launch.

 - heart

Three major quantitative softwares offer cardiologists a comprehensive map of myocardial perfusion and function, but they do not always agree, according to a study in the August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.