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Nicholas Leider
Managing Editor
Nicholas joined TriMed in 2016 as the managing editor of the Chicago office. After receiving his master’s from Roosevelt University, he worked in various writing/editing roles for magazines ranging in topic from billiards to metallurgy. Currently on Chicago’s north side, Nicholas keeps busy by running, reading and talking to his two cats.
 - Nick Leider

Millions of words have been written about communication—in relationships, in business partnerships, in patient-physician interactions. (How many of those words have been read is another question.) But an axiom for effectively conveying a thought or a feeling is that it’s not just what you say, it’s also how you say it.

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Interventional cardiologists are exposed to chronic low-dose radiation, which can lead to adverse health conditions. At a Nov. 1 presentation at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium in Denver, Wieneke Vlastra, MD, reported a 20 percent decrease in radiation exposure for operators when a lead-free disposable pad was placed on the patient.

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Research examining 278 patients with in-stent restenosis (ISR) found that drug-eluting balloon (DEB) was non-inferior in comparison with drug-eluting stent (DES) in terms of six-month minimal lumen diameter (MLD).

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In the past 10 years, Medicare has spent more than $1.5 billion in replacing seven types of defective heart devices, according to the HHS Office of the Inspector General. The same report said patients dished out $140 million in out-of-pocket costs.

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Nobody wakes up hoping for a bad day. Nobody walks into work hoping things go wrong. Similarly, cardiologists don’t expect to experience burnout but many do. A fair share grow to hate their jobs, with cynicism and apathy overtaking a belief in doing good, depression deepens and debilitation and exhaustion become the norm.

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Recent research from PLOS One estimates half of all stents could be unnecessary. No matter how aware and vigilant cardiologists—and, of course all physicians—are in the face of overtreatment, that single statistic is alarming.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), partnering with nine other societies, released appropriate use criteria for imaging tests of valvular heart disease. The Sept. 1 document addresses evaluation and use of imaging in diagnosing and managing the condition.

The public health crisis in the wake of Hurricane Harvey will play out over days, months and years. For a case study in how to best handle such a massive challenge, a recent article by the American Heart Association looks back to 2004 and the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

Abbot Laboratories released a software update Aug. 23 for pacemaker and CRT-P devices. The Food & Drug Administration released a recommendation for patients to visit their healthcare providers to discuss vulnerability and updates.

Visit any natural history museum and humankind’s ancestors are shown fighting the elements, large predators and one another to survive. But a recent study shows these folks had another thing to worry about: cardiovascular disease (CVD).