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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

Children’s National begins work on new rheumatic heart disease center with $3.7 million grant

In an effort to treat and prevent rheumatic heart disease (RHD), the American Heart Association awarded Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., a $3.7 million grant to build a center dedicated to the cause.

Brooklyn hospital opens comprehensive cardiac center

The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York has opened a new heart center as it aims to expand cardiac care services to patients in the area.

Stroke severity could be lessened with regular exercise

Regular exercise helps prevent several conditions, but new research shows it could fight against the No. 2 killer—stroke.

Cholesterol-lowering vaccine shows promise in mice

A new clinical trial from the Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research is testing the efficacy of a vaccine that will immunize people against high levels of cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

Survey shows most American workers can't address cardiac emergencies

The majority of working Americans wouldn’t know what to do in the event a coworker began having a heart attack in the office, according to two recent American Heart Association surveys.

Northwell Health ranks high among New York providers in cardiac surgery outcome data

Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, both Northwell Health providers, have been ranked as facilities with the best outcomes for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in the state, according to recent Department of Health (DOH) reports.

Treatment disparities growing among AFib patients

A new study from researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom has shown a treatment gap in certain patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a finding that concerns healthcare providers because the condition is associated with a five-fold increase in stroke risk.

Cardiologists lack education, willingness to discuss nutrition

Cardiologists agree that eating right is an important way to combat cardiovascular disease. But, a new study shows, there is a gap between what is known and what is shared with patients.

Looking at data, differently

Data released last month in JAMA revealed a 50 percent drop in the cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rate among Americans between 1980 and 2015. That’s a clear victory—but CVD is still our nation’s leading cause of death.

5 points on cardiologist salary info, demographics from recent survey

A recent survey from Merritt Hawkins, a Dallas-based search firm, included updated demographic and salary data on a wide variety of specialties, both invasive and non-invasive among them.