Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new algorithm which better predicts pre- and post-heart transplant survival than existing methods.
May 17, 2018 | Heart Failure
A study published May 8 in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests black and white patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) derive similar benefit from beta-blockers, despite conflicting previous reports.
May 17, 2018 | Heart Failure
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston continues to tout itself as one of the top heart transplant centers in the country, even as quality measures lag well behind national averages.
A His bundle pacing (HBP) strategy was associated with a significant reduction in hospitalizations for heart failure when compared to pacemaker implantation via the right ventricle, according to a study published online May 14 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
May 16, 2018 | Heart Failure
Risk-standardized cardiovascular mortality rates vary ‘substantially’ for ischemic heart disease (IHD) and chronic heart failure (CHF) across the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMCs), according to a study published online May 16 in JAMA Cardiology.
May 15, 2018 | Heart Failure
Researchers have identified a genetic variant that may predispose individuals to alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM), possibly opening the door for genetic testing and familial evaluation.
May 07, 2018 | Heart Failure
High concentrations of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) are equally predictive of mortality in patients with and without heart failure, according to a study published May 7 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
May 07, 2018 | Heart Failure
The use of “virtual wards” may be helpful in preventing death and rehospitalizations for patients with congestive heart failure, according to a study published April 30 in PLOS One.
May 01, 2018 | Heart Failure
Black Americans admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) with heart failure are 42 percent less likely to receive primary care from a cardiologist, which is associated with better survival odds for all patients.
Apr 30, 2018 | Heart Failure
A measure of global longitudinal strain (GLS) was far more predictive of mortality than left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in a study of 4,172 patients with acute heart failure, demonstrating its potential as a new standard technique.
A post-approval study of Abbott’s MitraClip device showed positive one-year results for the first 2,000 patients entered into the national Transcatheter Valve Therapy registry, according to late-breaking science presented April 26 at SCAI 2018 in San Diego.
Apr 19, 2018 | Heart Failure
Poor health in adolescence can be an indicator of an individual’s future risk of cardiovascular disease. What seems like common sense, lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in children can lead to structural changes in retinal blood vessels.
Apr 17, 2018 | Heart Failure
Candidates for heart transplantation in the U.S. are prioritized by the intensity of treatment they’ve received, leading some centers to overtreat patients to improve their odds of getting a treasured donor heart, suggests a study published April 13 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Apr 13, 2018 | Heart Failure
Extreme temperatures can put undo pressure on the human body—which can lead to deadly complications for those with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. Recent research discovered cold temperatures, meaning the first to third percentile of local exposure history, have an especially significant impact on mortality and morbidity for those with cardiovascular diseases.
Apr 10, 2018 | Imaging
HeartFlow, a California-based medical tech company focused on cardiovascular disease, announced its analysis system has been selected by NHS England as part of its Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) program.
Apr 09, 2018 | Heart Failure
Speedy follow-up with patients after heart failure hospitalizations doesn’t boost medication adherence long-term, researchers reported April 1 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Apr 03, 2018 | Heart Failure
Abiomed announced April 2 its Impella CP heart pump has received expanded FDA premarket approval for its SmartAssist technology. SmartAssist utilizes an optical sensor to inform exact positioning for the device and provide data on left ventricular pressure, end-diastolic pressure and cardiac power output.
Apr 02, 2018 | Heart Failure
Heart failure was not associated with an increased risk of cancer in a study of almost 30,000 men despite previous reports linking the two conditions.
Mar 30, 2018 | Heart Failure
The speed with which IV diuretics were administered to people with acute heart failure (AHF) didn’t appear to make a difference in short- or intermediate-term mortality rates, according to a study of 2,761 Korean patients.
Mar 30, 2018 | Heart Failure
Todd A. Trapp will take over as CFO of Abiomed on April 9, the company announced March 30.
Mar 27, 2018 | Heart Failure
A new study out of Australia demonstrates rats’ heart cells not only get bigger as a result of exercise, but they can also increase in number when endurance training takes place at young ages. What’s more, the additional cells remain present into adulthood, even after the rats have become sedentary.