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There’s a new executive taking a seat in hospital boardrooms across the country. Responding to ACA mandates that tie patient satisfaction to reimbursement, hospitals are recruiting CXOs to take charge of a patient experience mission that prioritizes the expectations of patients and families.
Managing heart failure (HF) presents daily challenges for many patients. Reasons range from a lack of understanding about treatments to the inability to care for themselves due to symptoms.
Some experts suggest FFR has a role in CABG because of its potential to spare patients a complicated surgery as well as cut costs.
An increasing emphasis on reducing radiation exposure has prompted a push away from the traditional rest-stress procedure and toward stress-first or stress-only MPI.
A urine test may be an effective tool to detect nonadherence to blood pressure therapy, according to a study published online April 2 in Heart.
The association between aortic valve replacements (AVR) and clinical strokes may be stronger than originally believed, data from a study published April 1 in Circulation suggest.
Few asymptomatic patients with acute coronary syndrome who undergo PCI followed by stress imaging may actually need revascularization, raising questions about the benefits of stress imaging, a study published online March 31 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging found.
ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) may warrant consideration as a first-line therapy to prevent death and cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes mellitus, according to a meta-analysis published online March 31 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The analysis found lower rates of mortality and cardiovascular events with ACEIs, but no similar effects with ARBs.
Patients should not undergo stress testing after PCI unless there is a clinical indication for this procedure, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) recommends. SCAI issued a list of procedures that should be avoided in patients with or at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Drug-eluting stents may be as safe a choice as bare metal stents when followed by a blood thinning regimen tailored to individual patients, based on the results of a research letter published March 31 in the JAMA.