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A registry analysis of PCI procedures found patient factors accounted for 20 percent of the overall hospital-level variation in bleeding.



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Subgroup analysis shows IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon is effective in females and diabetics

Medtronic released results of a few studies involving its IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon in patients with peripheral artery disease.

Bleeding rates following PCI vary depending on hospital, patient factors

A registry analysis of PCI procedures found patient factors accounted for 20 percent of the overall hospital-level variation in bleeding.

Atrial fibrillation may contribute to worse outcomes among patients undergoing TAVR

Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) who had pre-existing or new-onset atrial fibrillation had higher rates of all-cause mortality, cardiac mortality and bleeding events compared with those who did not have atrial fibrillation, according to a registry analysis.

U.S. Soccer CEO undergoes successful heart transplant surgery

U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn underwent successful heart transplant surgery on April 26, the organization announced in a statement.

Patients with diabetes undergoing PCI have similar outcomes whether or not they receive insulin

After risk adjustments, patients with insulin-treated diabetes and non-insulin treated diabetes who underwent PCI had similar outcomes, according to a prespecified subgroup analysis of a randomized trial. In addition, patients who received everolimus-eluting stents had better outcomes than those who received paclitaxel-eluting stents.

Technical and clinical success rates of PCIs for CTOs increase over time

Practice makes perfect and, for at least one expert interventional cardiologist, the old adage holds true for technical and clinical success rates of PCIs of chronic total occlusions (CTOs).

Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery appears to be superior to conventional sternotomy

Patients who underwent minimally invasive mitral valve surgery had a shorter length of stay in the intensive care unit and fewer transfusions compared with those who underwent conventional sternotomy, according to a retrospective database analysis. The procedures had similar rates of mortality, stroke and other complications and total hospital costs.

Prediction score may help identify patients who benefit from dual antiplatelet therapy following PCI

A clinical prediction score based on late ischemic and bleeding risk factors may help identify patients who may benefit or have harm from continuing to take dual antiplatelet therapy after undergoing PCI, according to a secondary analysis of a previously published study.

CMS announces facilities in Mississippi and Georgia meet standards for carotid artery stenting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that two facilities have met its standards for performing carotid artery stenting for high-risk patients.

ACC.16: CABG reduces long-term rates of death and hospitalizations in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy

CHICAGO – After nearly 10 years of follow-up, patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent CABG and received medical therapy had significantly lower rates of death from any cause, death from cardiovascular causes and death from any cause or hospitalization for cardiovascular causes compared with patients who only received medical therapy.