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Milly Dawson

A recent study compared intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for procedural guidance of left atrial appendage occlusions. Both approaches proved to be safe and effective, with no increase in procedure-related complications arising with ICE.

An aortic anastomosis leak (AAL) is a complication that’s difficult to address after surgery, but a case study from Chinese researchers offers a possible alternative to the usual method of handling this challenging issue—which is to operate.

 - Heart

Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) appear to offer a safe, innovative therapy for those difficult-to-treat patients who experience in-stent restenosis (ISR), according to a new multicenter study conducted in Europe.

 - Teacher

An educational intervention designed to reduce ordering of transthoracic echocardiograms (TTEs) informs physicians about their own test-ordering patterns and how their performance compares to their peers, according to recent research. Such knowledge can reduce inappropriate use of the tests.

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Survival with favorable quality of life improved among patients with refractory out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation (VF)/ventricular tachycardia (VT) cardiac arrest when they were quickly taken to a cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) for extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and revascularization, as opposed to being treated with prolonged resuscitation efforts at the scene of their heart attack, according to new research.

Warfarin and three direct oral anticoagulants are associated with different patterns of thrombus-formation inhibition under flow conditions, patterns which can be identified by means of visual analysis using a microchip flow chamber system, a new study finds.

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Over the past quarter-century, the worldwide burden of rheumatic heart disease has declined although high rates of the illness persist in certain poor regions, including Oceania, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, a new study finds.

 - ECG, EKG, electrogram

A man born with a congenital heart murmur developed systemic arterial hypertension as an adult. At age 50, he went to the hospital because of dyspnea. He also had a pulmonic valve ejection click and murmur of pulmonic stenosis. When at the hospital, his echocardiogram showed hypertrophy of both ventricles as well as an enlarged right atrium.

 - HeartUltrasound

To date, clinicians have lacked a noninvasive technique for the assessment of coronary flow reserve, but a new study offers a promise of just such a technique.

 - Cardiac Storm

For revascularized ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, early post-infarction cardiac MRI parameters offer long-term predictive value that is superior to that offered by traditional outcome predictors, a large, long-term European study has found.