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Budoff wins SCCT’s 2016 gold medal award

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announced that Matthew J. Budoff, MD, had won its 2016 Gold Medal Award.

ACC.16: PET/CT study links stress to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease

Researchers have used PET/CT imaging to link stress-related amygdala activation in the brain with arterial inflammation and an increased risk of eventual cardiovascular disease events, according to results of a study presented today at ACC.16 in Chicago.

FDA warns of interference between CT imaging and electronic medical devices

The FDA issued a safety alert on March 31 announcing that it had received a small number of adverse events that it believes are associated with CT imaging of insulin pumps, cardiac implantable electronic devices (pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators) and neurostimulators.

AHRQ releases comparative effectiveness review of noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease

A systematic comparative effectiveness review of noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease found there was no significant difference in MI or all-cause mortality between testing strategies across settings and pretest risk groups. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) conducted the review and released the report on March 29.

Novel research uses ultrasound to improve understanding of MI and stroke risk

Swedish researchers have found a way to use ultrasound to recognize plaque in the blood vessels and determine the risk of MI and stroke.

“App for That”: The Transformative Potential of Mobile Diagnostic Applications

While mobile apps show promise to revolutionize healthcare delivery, they also pose important questions.

Women referred to stress testing have higher rates of psychiatric disorders than men

Women with anxiety and no history of coronary artery disease had an elevated risk of ischemia compared with women who did not have anxiety and no history of coronary artery disease, according to an analysis of adults who underwent diagnostic myocardial perfusion exercise stress testing.

Study: CTA may be viable alternative to invasive angiography

Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is comparable to traditional invasive angiography for the detection and exclusion of lesion-specific ischemia, according to results of a study recently published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Neurological improvement following strokes may still lead to unfavorable outcomes

Although nearly one-fifth of adults with acute stroke syndromes had rapid neurological improvement before entering the hospital, 47 percent of that group was not discharged to their homes, according to a post-hoc analysis of a randomized trial.

Brain imaging helps treat stroke victims beyond the ‘golden window’

New research presented at the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) International Stroke Conference 2016 suggests that brain imaging may be just as capable as time in identifying patients likely to benefit from stroke clot removal.