- cholesterol

A meta-analysis of 24 clinical trials on monoclonal antibody treatments for hypercholesterolemia pointed to significant reductions in death and MIs, a finding that likely will catch the eye of the FDA as it considers approval for these new drugs. The results were published online April 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

 - going to surgery

Early discharge of patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using a Sapien XT valve was safe and feasible, according to a single-center study. The hospital has managed to cut the mean length of stay in transfemoral cases by almost half.

 - children

Children who remained unconscious after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest had similar survival rates and cognitive functioning if they received therapeutic hypothermia or therapeutic normothermia, according to a randomized trial.

 - Insurance Premium Hikes

For middle-class, healthy individuals, forgoing health insurance and paying a tax is cheaper than enrolling in a health plan, according to an Avalere Health report released on April 24.

 - Chest Pain

For patients with stable chest pain, utilizing coronary CT angiography before cardiac stress imaging was cost-effective, according to a microsimulation model.