- MoneyBags

Seven regional cooperatives representing nearly 5,000 primary care clinicians in 12 states received a total of $112 million from the federal government to help prevent cardiovascular disease in their patients.

 - Hospital_room

Since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decreased payments for some cardiology services in 2010, there has been a significant increase in the number of myocardial perfusion imaging, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms performed at hospitals, according to an analysis of medical claims.

 - aspirin

An analysis of TRANSLATE-ACS data supports current guideline recommendations to prescribe low-dose aspirin to patients who underwent PCI and received dual antiplatelet therapy. The study was published online May 20 in Circulation.

 - transradial, wrist

Operators more often chose transfemoral over transradial PCI in a patients with higher predicted bleeding risks, despite evidence of fewer bleeding complications with the latter approach. Transfemoral PCI patients also tended to be sicker, according to this observational study.

 - 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.