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Physicians and patients are seeing less of each other over the barrier of computer screens. Is hiring scribes the answer?
Months after the U.S. FDA approved a device with the potential to close the source of many atrial fibrillation-related strokes, hospitals, cardiologists and patients find themselves in a holding pattern increasingly common for newly emerging therapies: They are waiting for the CMS to issue a national coverage determination for LAA occlusion.
Tools that help patients adhere to doctor’s recommendations improve patient outcomes—it’s simple math with a host of benefits.
Prompt response to cardiac arrest is critical; seconds lost reduce the chances for patient recovery. While other rescue procedures like CPR do help and buy rescuers time, when a shock is needed, it’s imperative for the equipment to work well and, in some cases, provide rescuers with feedback.
Research suggests that new techniques in cardiac MRI may help narrow down which vessels are culprits even better than before.
Patient safety is a major concern for every health professional. However, for cardiologists, the interaction of certain drugs and heart conditions make vigilance against contraindications and complications an added battle. EMRs can help, but only if they work reliably and clinicians observe alerts.
In the U.S., the state of blood pressure monitoring is changing. Recommendations published in February by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggest the use of 24-hour ambulatory, home or automated blood pressure monitoring instead of conventional office measurements for the diagnosis of hypertension.
Think of fractional flow reserve (FFR) as a hex wrench. Or intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) as a screwdriver. Both imaging methods are highly useful in the right situation, according to physicians. Both methods can be highly effective, when used. However, there is some disagreement about where and when these tools should be applied.
Three-dimensional imaging adds a needed perspective to cardiac procedures. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the field of valvular interventions.