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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.


Recent Headlines

Statins Work But Pharmacoeconomic Caveats Abound

Cardiologists need to weigh the benefits of the more efficacious branded statins in comparison to the less expensive generics.

The Ticker: Quality Pays in Several Ways

Quality initiatives abound in healthcare today. One way to provide consistently better care to patients and to keep a healthy bottom line is through evidence-based medicine. 

NovaRad inks deal with two Carolina practices NovaRad has secured two new PACS contracts in the Carolinas, bringingthe total NovaRad installs in South Carolina to five and in NorthCarolina, eight.
Emageon to supply cardiovascular PACS for Novation Emageon, an enterprise medical information technology systems company for hospitals and healthcare networks, has signed a multi-year contract with Novation, the contracting services company of VHA, the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Provista, to supply cardiovascular PACS products & services.
Cardiology information systems have high market potential in Europe Departmental cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) have emerged andcombined with a cardiology PACS have become the leading softwarefeature in modern cardiology departments, according to a new reportfrom the San Jose, Calif.-based market research firm Frost &Sullivan.
Rcadia nabs Montana install St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont., has installed a COR Analyzer fromRcadia Medical Imaging, a developer of patented computer-aideddiagnostic software.
Pie Medical Imaging reveals cardiovascular angiography platform Pie Medical Imaging, a cardiology and radiology software provider,revealed a new functionality for its cardiovascular angiographyanalysis system platform at the Transcatheter CardiovascularTherapeutics meeting this week in Washington, D.C.
Agfa HealthCare certifies Plasmon archiving system Agfa HeathCare has certified the Broomfield, Colo.-based Plasmon’s Archive Appliance Express with its Impax PACS products.
First Person: Business Sense

Welcome to the first issue of Cardiovascular Business—the business magazine for cardiovascular medicine. So why a business magazine for cardiovascular health? Because excellent cardiac care depends on the fiscal health and business intelligence of your cardiovascular practice.

Report: Defibrillator use on the rise in Europe For smaller companies to enter the burgeoning defibrillator market,they should forge alliances with businesses that can help them improvesales, distribution and market share, according to market research firmFrost & Sullivan.