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By: Candace Stuart

The patient was short of breath, pale and his echocardiography results spelled trouble. He clearly failed the eyeball test, even if the eyeball making that assessment was 95 miles away and looking at a computer monitor. One angiogram, two stents and a short time later, he received care that might have been delayed by as much a month had he not enrolled in a pilot telecardiology program.

“We have had many examples of patients who otherwise would have waited two to four weeks to see someone in person who were seen the next day or week,” says Marc C. Newell, MD, a cardiologist and director of the telecardiology program at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. The program, launched under the Allina Health system in 2014, complements a cardiac outreach program that encompasses more than...

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By: Dave Pearson
Novel oral anticoagulants may beat warfarin for cost-effectiveness, but does that mean they offer a genuinely good value?
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By: Michael R. Jaff, DO
Today’s reimbursement models increasingly require physicians to be cost-conscious. Including cost analyses in trials will help them make good choices.
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By: Angela Marshall
Developing venous thromboembolism is a serious risk but the best strategy to combat it prophylactically remains unclear.
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By: Candace Stuart
Talk about a catch-22. Providers need evidence to convince payers that telemedicine improves outcomes at perhaps lower costs, but inadequate or zero reimbursement poses a barrier to implementing...
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By: Candace Stuart
Cardiac MR’s ability to detect ablation scarring may help guide redo procedures, but perhaps not just yet.
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Imagine, if you will, a tiny heart. This heart, no bigger than a walnut, has some real problems. It belongs to a baby who, without surgery, would never survive. How do you fix it? Where do you start?
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By: Candace Stuart
A growing evidence base is helping cardiologists make decisions about the optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy for certain patient populations.
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The American College of Cardiology’s PINNACLE Registry is cardiology's largest outpatient quality improvement registry.
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The Dual Antiplatelet Therapy study presented at the American Heart Association conference shows that knowledge gaps still exist.
At the Heart of the Matter: Leveraging IT to Help Enhance Patient Care
Listen to David O. Williams, MD, of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Kalon K.L. Ho, MD, MSc of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as they discuss the role of IT in cardiovascular care in patient...
 - AHA 2014
The American Heart Association’s annual scientific session in Chicago offered insights on the latest therapies and practices, from statin treatments and screening tools to readmissions and...