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People with HIV and risk factors for heart disease and stroke are less likely to receive prescriptions for statins and aspirin than those without HIV, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

During the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, Michael J. Rinaldi, MD, showed a survey of 92 health systems in which 52 percent reported an average negative margin on TAVR procedures. In an hour-long session, Rinaldi and other experts agreed shortening hospital stays and reducing the number of days spent in the intensive care unit (ICU) are key aspects in making TAVR more profitable for hospitals.

Interventional cardiologists are exposed to chronic low-dose radiation, which can lead to adverse health conditions. At a Nov. 1 presentation at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium in Denver, Wieneke Vlastra, MD, reported a 20 percent decrease in radiation exposure for operators when a lead-free disposable pad was placed on the patient.

William Oetgen, MD, MBA, has been elected chairman of the MedStar Health Board of Directors, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced in a release today. He will serve a two-year term.

When Robert Hromas, MD, MS, began working at University of Florida Health seven years ago, he heard a gripe that is likely echoed in academic medical centers across the country.


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Better utilization of APPs could aid aging cardiology workforce, boost compensation

Viet Le has talked with other physician assistants in cardiology who feel they are little more than “glorified scribes.” Early in his career, he felt confined to that role at times, too.

10 takeaways from the past decade in women's cardiovascular care

A newly published article in the Journal of Women’s Health by Pejman Raeisi-Giglou, DO, and colleagues examined advances in women’s cardiovascular care over the past 10 years, highlighting the most significant accomplishments and pointing out persisting gender gaps. 

Investing in physician well-being pays off, reduces burnout by 20%

Recognizing upfront costs are a barrier to healthcare organizations addressing physician burnout, a team of researchers attempted to quantify the return on investment (ROI) for programs to improve physician satisfaction.

Is fasting before a lipid panel necessary?

Consuming nothing but water for eight to 12 hours before a lipid panel has been common practice, but do patients really need to go hungry?

AHA, ACC launch 'capstone' accreditation program for cardiovascular care

Regional Hospital of Scranton (Pennsylvania) is the first hospital in the U.S. to receive the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation, the American Heart Association (AHA) announced.

Quality improvement program boosts blood pressure control

Primary care practices using a quality improvement program saw hypertension control rise from 65.6 percent to 74.8 percent over a six-month period.

Abbott pulls troubled Absorb stents from worldwide market

In an 82-word statement posted Friday, Sept. 8, Abbott Vascular announced it will stop selling its Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in more than 100 countries citing low commercial sales. The halt includes both the Absorb and Absorb Gt1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold Systems.

Troponin trumps CK-MB—time to stop double-ordering

Innovation in medicine is amazing, adding tests, devices, drugs and procedures to our arsenal all the time. We’re good at adding new options that are better, stronger and faster but often remiss in sunsetting old options. And it’s costing us millions each year in diagnosing acute MI patients as a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article points out.

Cleveland Clinic saves $8.5M by cutting use of expensive heart drugs

Following massive price hikes in a pair of heart drugs, the Cleveland Clinic implemented a strategy that saved an estimated $8.5 million over two years.

Perfect Storm Ahead? Will Physician Pay Raises Shrink as Productivity Flattens?

Recent medical group compensation and productivity data surveys fielded by AMGA suggest trends for practices to watch.