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 - patient

Performing immediate coronary angiography following cardiac arrest led to improvements in survival among patients with and without STEMI, according to a retrospective registry analysis.

 - Stent roundtable

A randomized trial in Spain found an everolimus-eluting stent (EES) was more effective than a drug-eluting balloon (DEB) in treating patients with drug-eluting stent in-stent restenosis. One year after the procedures, the primary endpoint of cardiac death, MI and target vessel revascularization occurred in 10 percent of the EES group and 18 percent of the DEB group. The difference was statistically significant.

 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) added the use of stent retrieval devices for treating some patients with acute ischemic stroke in updated guidelines published online June 29. The gold standard remains intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) for breaking up clots.

 - Money down the drain

An intraprocedural thrombotic event in a patient with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTEACS) adds approximately $3,600 to hospital costs, according to an economic analysis of the ACUITY trial that was published in the July issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.

 - Court - Law

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) closed its investigation into Abiomed’s marketing of the Impella 2.5 device without taking any action against the company, according to an Abiomed news release on June 29.