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Since 2006, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has required all players to undergo stress echocardiograms during each preseason. It is the only U.S. professional sports league with such a cardiac program.

 

 

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DPP-4 inhibitors are not associated with higher risk of hospitalized heart failure

Patients with type 2 diabetes who took saxagliptin or sitagliptin had a similar risk for hospitalized heart failure compared with those who received antihyperglycemic agents, according to a retrospective cohort study.

NBA, Columbia University partner on cardiac program

Since 2006, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has required all players to undergo stress echocardiograms during each preseason. It is the only U.S. professional sports league with such a cardiac program.

Abiomed CEO comments on Abbott’s pending acquisition of St. Jude Medical

During a conference call with analysts on May 3, Abiomed CEO Michael R. Minogue said the company’s strategic plans would not change if shareholders and regulatory authorities approve the merger of Abbott and St. Jude Medical.

Cardiologist details potential benefits of MACRA

Matthew Phillips, MD, FACC, the governor the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) Texas chapter from 2013 to 2016, is one renowned cardiologist who is embracing MACRA.

Rotating night shift work for female nurses may increase coronary heart disease risk

A long-term analysis of two prospective cohort studies of initially healthy female registered nurses found an association between the duration of rotating night shift work and a statistically significant increase in coronary heart disease risk.

Few hospitals perform septal myectomy and alcohol septal ablation following hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Most centers that provide septal reduction therapy performed few septal myectomy and alcohol septal ablation procedures in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to a retrospective inpatient database analysis of U.S. hospitals. The researchers also found that low septal myectomy volume was associated with higher mortality, longer length of hospital stay and higher costs.

Family-centered empowerment model may improve physical and mental health following MI

A model that combines cardiac rehabilitation with input from patients and their families may improve the physical and mental health of patients following their MIs, according to a randomized trial.

FDA approves first generic version of Crestor

The FDA announced on April 29 that it had approved the first generic version of Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium), a blockbuster oral cholesterol-lowering medication.

Abbott CEO, CFO discuss $25 billion deal for St. Jude Medical

Abbott CEO Miles White and CFO Brian Yoor discussed the future of the combined company and addressed previous rumors about the acquisition. 

Sales of oral heart failure medication fall short of expectations

During the first quarter of 2016, Novartis reported $17 million in sales of sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto), which was short of analyst expectations.

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