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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

Weill Cornell Medicine names new chief of pediatric cardiology

Pediatric cardiologist Ralf Holzer, MD, has been named chief of the pediatric cardiology department at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as director for the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization at the Komansky Children’s Hospital.

Nevada requires CPR training to graduate high school

Just last month, Nevada became the 37th state to require high school students receive CPR training before graduating.

Q&A: Mathew sees opportunity as head of Loyola's cardio department

Verghese Mathew, MD, has named the director of Loyola’s division of cardiology. With a few weeks before he takes the helm—his new role will officially begin July 1—Mathew spoke to Cardiovascular Business about a few challenges and how his background has prepared him to overcome.

Merit Medical names medical device veteran as new director of board

Merit Medical Systems, a maker of medical devices cardiology, radiology and endoscopy specialties, has appointed a new director for the company’s board of directors as it focuses on representing the best interests of the company’s shareholders.

Researchers in the U.K. develop urine test to measure patients’ adherence to hypertension meds

New research from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom suggests that one in three people with high blood pressure fail to take their prescribed medications.

Lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients can reduce chance of ventricular hypertrophy

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has shown that the aggressive lowering of blood pressure in people with hypertension can reduce their chances of developing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). 

Online rehab as effective as face-to-face care for COPD

Patients may be a bit reluctant to accept remote care—especially for a condition as serious as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But a recent study found online rehabilitation for the condition was as effective as face-to-face programs.

Noninvasive ventilation delayed readmission, death for COPD patients on home oxygen therapy

For those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), complications related to recurrent exacerbations can lead to hospitalization and even death. Recent research has shown adding noninvasive ventilation to home oxygen therapy can minimize readmissions.

Edwards Lifesciences’ philanthropy project estimated to impact 1 million people by 2020

Through a charity initiative, Edwards Lifesciences, a cardiac equipment company in Irvine, California, reports that it has been able to serve more than 400,000 underserved people as it works to treat and prevent heart valve disease.

Older Americans less likely to receive CPR during in-home cardiac arrest

A recent study found the chances of someone performing CPR during an in-home sudden cardiac arrest decline with the victim’s age. Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, research from Penn Medicine also noted relatively low rates of CPR training among older Americans, which compounds the problem as baby-boomers continue to retire.