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 - 3D Heart

Cardiac surgeons are learning the utility of 3D printed modeling. As shown Nov. 19 at the American Heart Association scientific session in Chicago, it allows physicians to hold and inspect a rendition of a patient’s heart prior to surgery to get a better understanding of internal anatomy with congenital defects.

 - data mining

Using novel methods to extract data from EHRs, researchers at two Boston hospitals identified three factors that potentially may predict PCI readmissions. They reported their findings Nov. 18 at the American Heart Association scientific session in Chicago.

 - QA

The Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) study shed light on an issue that has concerned interventional cardiologists who treat patients with drug-eluting stents. Here’s what it means for practicing physicians.

 - Doctor and older patient

Communication among patients, providers and caregivers about risks for stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation needs an assist. Research presented Nov. 17 at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Chicago found that when polled, few atrial fibrillation patients understood their stroke risks and some physicians missed opportunities to educate them.

 - Baby

Critical screening for newborns in New Jersey bears fruit: 13 more babies were identified with critical congenital heart defects than had been previously identified through prenatal screening or physical exam. Secondarily, babies with other kinds of congenital heart defects and serious medical conditions were identified solely through the mandatory pulse oximetry program.