- Quality_Measures

U.S. News and World Report has bundled heart bypass and two other types of operations with the conditions congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a new rating called Best Hospitals for Common Care. The analysis also targets very low-volume hospitals with poor outcomes.

 - ACR Appropriateness Criteria for palpable breast masses released

An assessment of appropriate use criteria (AUC) for stress cardiac MR adds weight to the argument that some shuffling is in order in the “maybe appropriate” category. The findings are timely, given an approaching deadline that could impact reimbursement.

 - depression

An analysis of U.S. adults older than 50 found that people with high depressive symptoms during consecutive interviews during a two-year period were twice as likely to have a stroke compared with those who had no or few depressive symptoms.

 - Running

Patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices who were most active had improved health outcomes and were more likely to survive, according to a registry analysis.

 - structural heart, Medtronic CoreValve

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) continued to hold its own against surgery in low-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, based on two-year results presented May 19 at EuroPCR in Paris.