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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

U.S. regional differences in stroke, heart disease persist—despite national declines

Despite a 50 percent drop in the United States’ cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rate between 1980 and 2015, it remains the nation’s leading cause of death. A recent analysis of death records and census data of 3,111 counties in the U.S. found that CVD mortality rates varied significantly across the country.

HRS2017: Delayed use of anticoagulants could increase dementia risk

In a new study that included more than 76,000 patients, researchers from Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City found that the chance of developing dementia increases when the start of anticoagulation treatment is delayed for atrial fibrillation (AFib).

SCAI 2017: Race, gender, socioeconomic status impact PCI outcomes

New research revealed at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) meeting in New Orleans last week showed that being a white man could yield better outcomes when it comes to undergoing a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with a drug-eluting stent.

HRS2017: How pro bono work can turn ordinary cardiologists into global citizens

While atrial fibrillation (AFib) and heart disease continue to plague patients globally, some cardiologists have made it their mission to help underserved communities in foreign countries as they look for ways to use their specialties for good.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s appoints two new heart specialists to lead institute

To enhance its pediatric cardiac services, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, has named two new cardiac specialists to head its heart institute.

PCI pioneer Cindy Grines joins Northwell Health

Cardiologist Cindy Grimes, MD, who helped pioneer the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for heart attacks, has been named the chair of cardiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, according to a press release.

Atrial fibrillation, flutter could be more deadly for women

New research out of Canada points to a trend showing atrial fibrillation and flutter (AFF) kills more women than men.

Heart failure could be as deadly as cancer

A new study from Europe evaluated whether survival rates for patients with heart failure are better than those with common cancers—and the results were comparable.

Too much salt can lead to arterial stiffness in adolescents

A new study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center suggests that teenagers who consume too much salt experience significant changes in their blood vessels that predispose them to cardiovascular disease later in life.

20% of people at high risk of MI don't believe they need to improve health

Nearly 20 percent of adults at the highest risk of having an MI did not believe they needed to improve their physical health, according to a population-based study in Canada.

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