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Talk about head-scratchers. High-risk patients admitted to teaching hospitals for heart failure and cardiac arrest didn’t appear to be the worse for wear if treated during the two largest cardiology meetings in the U.S. In fact, they had lower 30-day mortality rates while patients admitted for acute MI received more conservative care with no drop in survival. 

 - weight, obesity, CV disease

Continuing the debate over the so-called “obesity paradox,” more obese and overweight patients may develop heart failure, but fewer die from it than lean counterparts, according to a study published in the Dec. 30 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 - red and white pills

Some drugs don’t play well with others. Research published Dec. 22 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that clarithromycin may not be the best choice when paired with statins like rosuvastatin, pravastatin and fluvastatin. 

 - TAVR

While periprocedural safety of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures has improved, late bleeding complications may still be an issue. 

 - surgery prep

Integrating a lean work design into cardiac surgery practices allowed one department to greatly increase the likelihood that patients would be extubated within six hours.