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Researchers ID best techniques for cardiac risk stratification in kidney transplant candidates

Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and coronary CT angiography (CTA) are the best predictors of all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients awaiting kidney transplantation, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Pericardial fat—not liver fat—associated with higher cardiovascular disease risk

Fat surrounding the heart, and not liver fat, is associated with poorer cardiovascular disease outcomes and adverse left ventricular remodeling, according to new research in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

ACC releases 10-point criteria for valvular imaging tests

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.

Innovation Competition: At TCT.17, Cardiology’s Disruptors Swim with the Sharks

Cardiology’s Shark Tank will be back for its fourth year when TCT convenes Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Denver. Program Director Juan F. Granada, MD, shares insights from the conference’s innovation competition.

Ultrasound may offer nonionizing, contrast-free way to assess coronary flow reserve

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 MRI improves risk stratification for STEMI patients

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.

Cardiac MRI links trabeculation, myocardial function

Excess greater left ventricle (LV) trabeculation is associated with decreased average regional myocardial function, measured by myocardial strain. A team of researchers, examining MRIs of 1,123 individuals, found that average regional LV function was worse in those with greater LV trabeculation.

Joint document details how to diagnose, treat cardiac sarcoidosis

A multidisciplinary team of experts has released a joint consensus document on the role of F-FDG PET/CT in cardiac sarcoid detection and therapy monitoring.

CT helps predict risks after TAVR

Computed tomography (CT)-derived measures of annulus area can be used to flag cases of heightened risk for poor hemodynamics after valve-in-valve (VIV) procedures, according to recently published research.

New screening guidelines boosts detection of aortic aneurysm

New research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology examined whether the updated USPSTF guidelines have affected AAA ultrasound screenings in terms of volume and patient diversity.