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An analysis of two databases found that measuring frailty could help predict mortality and functional status at six months or later after older adults undergo cardiac surgery.

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Smoking has a lasting effect on the human genome

Regardless of when you quit, smoking impacts gene expression in a way that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, among other conditions. 

CMR- and MPS-guided care may reduce invasive angiography in patients with suspected coronary heart disease

A randomized trial found that patients with suspected coronary heart disease who underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)–guided care had a significantly lower probability of unnecessary angiography within 12 months compared with patients who received National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines–directed care. The difference was not statistically different between CMR-guided care and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)–guided care.

Using Tc 99m PYP cardiac imaging may help diagnose and detect patients with heart failure

A retrospective cohort study found that using technetium 99m pyrophosphate (Tc 99m PYP) cardiac imaging helped detect and diagnose patients with transthyretin-related cardiac amyloidosis, a cause of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

FDA approves Boston Scientific’s Emblem MRI S-ICD system

The FDA approved the Emblem MRI subcutaneous implantable defibrillator system (Boston Scientific) on August 9. The agency also approved magnetic resonance labeling for previously implanted Emblem S-ICD systems.

Changing Strategy: Edging Stable Chest Pain Diagnosis Out of ‘a Primitive Age of Evidence’

Is a new testing strategy evolving for the evaluation of patients with stable chest pain? 

Another Building Block in the Wall

Analysis Suggests Expanded Role for CCTA in Heart Disease Treatment

Shortage of technetium Tc 99m leads to decrease in cardiac stress testing

The shortage of technetium Tc 99m has led to physicians choosing to use stress echocardiography, computed tomography coronary angiography and positron emission tomography myocardial perfusion imaging instead of single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI), according to a study of Medicare beneficiaries.

Owner, vice president of imaging company sentenced to prison for fraud

Rafael Chikvashvili, the owner of Alpha Diagnostic Services, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 15 for healthcare and wire fraud conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of patients and for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $6 million.

CT scans could be just as effective as MRIs when evaluating certain cardiomyopathy conditions

New data published in the journal Radiology suggests that dual-energy cardiac CT scans could be just as good at determining extracellular volume fraction in nonischemic cardiomyopathy (CMP) as MRI scans.

Watch List? Comparative Billing Reports Alert Cardiologists to CMS Scrutiny
A year after Medicare issued comparative billing reports detailing transthoracic echocardiography usage, the physicians who received the reports still may have cause for concern.