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.
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.
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
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.