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 - surgery prep

Integrating a lean work design into cardiac surgery practices allowed one department to greatly increase the likelihood that patients would be extubated within six hours.

 - calendar

Interventional cardiologists can toast some coding changes when they ring in the New Year, including a new specialty designation that more accurately portrays performance.  

 - ecg, heart, electrophysiology

Researchers exploring glycemic index effects on cardiovascular health in overweight and obese patients found that a low glycemic diet did not improve risk. Nor did it positively alter risks for diabetes.

 - Eye test

While statins have a clearly positive effect on cardiovascular disease risk, research suggests the role statins may have on the development of cataracts may cloud risk-benefit considerations for some patients.

 - ambulance, EMS

Adrenaline may jumpstart the heart but it might not contribute positively to survival following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, found a study published Dec. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


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Epinephrine for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest may hurt long-term outcomes

Adrenaline may jumpstart the heart but it might not contribute positively to survival following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, found a study published Dec. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Bleeding rates post-PCI reveal variation, chance for change

Many hospitals have an opportunity to curb post-PCI bleeding, based on an assessment of CathPCI Registry data that found bleeding rates were wildly variable among participating hospitals.

No bones about it: Statins a failure at reducing fractures in trial

It could be called a bad break: Researchers hoping statins might secondarily reduce fractures in cardiovascular patients found their hopes shattered. 

Recall targets defibrillation electrodes

CONMED is alerting customers about connector incompatibility issues with defibrillation electrodes in automated external defibrillators in a Class 1 recall.

Sister to Sister calls it quits

Sister to Sister will close down at the end of the year and donate its teaching materials and intellectual property to a partnering heart institute.

Return to basics in ambulance cardiac arrest care, study suggests

A review of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases found that patients who received basic life support in the ambulance had better survival and neurological performance compared with patients given advanced life support.

Under statin guidelines, prescriptions rise and testing drops

Statin use could increase by at least a third under 2013 joint guidelines on cholesterol, according to a study published Nov. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Learning from trials

One lesson rings clear from the recent American Heart Association (AHA) scientific session and other conferences: It is really hard to successfully complete randomized controlled clinical trials these days.

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes improve with increased AED use

Perhaps not so shocking, but true: When infrastructure for early response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest improves, so do outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in Circulation.

AHA’s 16 late-breakers

The American Heart Association (AHA) will kick off its 2014 scientific sessions this weekend in Chicago. The lineup of clinical trials is intriguing.

Referral madness? 75% of specialists get off-target referrals

Three out of four specialists received a referral in the last year they considered “completely inappropriate,” according to a survey that included cardiologists and 10 other medical specialists.

Truven names its top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

Truven Health Analytics published its list of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals based on its analysis of clinical outcomes.

ACE inhibitors give ALS patients 57% longer symptom-free periods

In patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), consistency in taking prescribed ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) may result in slowing disease progression.

40% of patients with atrial fibrillation & stroke discharged with oral anticoagulants

Many patients with ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation may not be receiving optimal care. A prospective study showed 60 percent of atrial fibrillation patients with recent acute ischemic stroke were either not discharged with oral anticoagulation or were discharged with a combination of oral anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy.

Patient-clinician teamwork facilitates performance measure success

When patients and providers work together on performance goals, everyone can win. A report published online Nov. 3 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology recommended patients and clinicians share accountability for performance measures to ultimately bring about the best outcomes. 

Dignity Health pays $37M over inpatient cardiac care

Dignity Health will pay $37 million to settle claims that 13 of its hospitals knowingly overcharged Medicare by performing elective cardiac procedures as inpatient rather than less costly outpatient services.

Community self-check program results in better hypertension control

Lowering blood pressure might be as simple as encouraging hypertensive patients to check in. In a study published online Oct. 28 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a community-outreach program improved hypertensive blood pressure after six weeks using web portals and personalized care.

Fresenius snaps up National Cardiovascular Partners

The dialysis company Fresenius is acquiring National Cardiovascular Partners for an undisclosed amount.

Two cardiologists pay $380K to settle fraud case

Two cardiologists in Kentucky agreed to pay $380,000 in the culmination of a whistleblower case that led to a $16.5 million settlement and a prison term for a third cardiologist.

Poor bill of health given for hypertension checkup on Healthy People 2020

With nearly five years left on the Healthy People 2020 goals for hypertension, researchers measured progress and found much wanting. Although key areas have improved, according to the study published online Oct. 20 in Circulation, prevalent hypertension remained well above the goal of 26.9 percent and hypertension control efforts plateaued well below the goal of 61.2 percent.