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C.P. Kaiser, Editor
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Many areas in medicine have received a lot of attention regarding their quality of care in terms of provider and facility performance. These include how sites and providers maintain proper hemoglobin A1c levels, as well as how they reduce cath lab complications and heart failure readmissions. However, data regarding the performance of anticoagulation management is scarce.
 - Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

Advanced electrophysiology (EP) technology is a key component in improving patient care and physician productivity. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas, has implemented the Sensei X Robotic Catheter System in advancing a Center of Excellence. Sponsored by an educational grant from Hansen Medical.

Registries and ongoing research have broadened our understanding of abnormal heart rhythms. Today, much more is known about the etiology of arrhythmias, as well as options for best therapies. Cardiovascular Business spoke with the incoming and outgoing presidents of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) about advances in our knowledge of these disease states.
 - C.P. Kaiser
On March 10, the American College of Cardiology (ACC), along with more than 130 U.S. medical organizations and societies, sent letters to the House of Representatives and the Senate urging lawmakers to replace the flawed sustainable growth formula (SGR) with a workable system that keeps pace with practice costs and ensures high-quality care.
 - Brijeshwar Maini, MD

The Impella hemodynamic support system is finding another niche: in patients who have suffered massive heart attacks complicated by cardiogenic shock.

 - patient bedside manner
Stratifying cardiac disease risk is evolving along with the advancements in imaging technology, which help risk stratification become more highly individualized, taking us further toward personalized medicine.
In 1625, an Italian physician measured body temperature by applying a numerical scale to his thermoscope. From that primitive thermometer to todays highly sophisticated surgical, portable and wireless telemetry monitors, patient surveillance has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. But the technology is only as good as the professionals who respond to them.
In 1625, an Italian physician measured body temperature by applying a numerical scale to his thermoscope. From that primitive thermometer to todays highly sophisticated surgical, portable and wireless telemetry monitors, patient surveillance has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. But the technology is only as good as the professionals who respond to them.
 - C.P. Kaiser
In the cardiology realm, the phrase March Madness can signify the run-up to the American College of Cardiology meeting, in addition to the college basketball playoffs.  Similarly, the gulf between sports and cardiology can be maddening close.

Advances in CT scanner hardware and software make it possible to image patients while delivering less than 5 mSv of radiation dose, which opens broader pathways for CT to be used for structural heart and electrophysiology (EP) indications.