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Cardiologists whose patients are not good candidates for dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) may have an option beyond a bare metal stent. Results from a trial presented March 31 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session in Washington, D.C., showed that treatment with a drug-eluting stent (DES) in combination with a personalized DAPT approach appeared to be safe and effective at one year.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Cardiology appears to be tailor-made for value-based healthcare models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). “Cardiology fits better than any other specialty because we are the most integrated specialty,” cardiologist C. Michael Valentine, MD, said March 29 at the American College of Cardiology scientific session.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite access to care, a study of Medicare beneficiaries who underwent stress echocardiography found race significantly impacts downstream two-year cardiac costs, with non-white patients having significantly lower costs, according to a poster presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session.

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WASHINGTON, DC—You are an early career cardiologist, in private practice and you want to succeed. Steve A. Simpson, MD, of Fort Worth Health in Texas, offered tips on March 29 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session in Washington, D.C., to help young specialists excel in their new roles.

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Physicians appear split on the value of the new lipid guidelines released in late 2013. In a vote on March 30 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session in Washington, D.C., 36 percent of respondents chose “hate it” and 34 percent “like it.”