A CREST substudy found that performing balloon angioplasty after carotid artery stenting reduced the risk of restenosis by 64 percent but increased the risk of stroke. The stroke finding was not statistically significant, though. Results were presented May 9 at the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) scientific sessions in Orlando, Fla.
Patients who undergo repair of acute aortic dissection by surgeons who average less than one case a year are almost twice as likely to die in the hospital than patients whose surgeons average five or more cases annually, according to an analysis published in the May issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Hospital volume also predicted mortality in the study.
Cook Medical is recalling its Zilver PTX Drug Eluting Peripheral Stent after receiving complaints about delivery system tip separation. Two adverse events, including one death, occurred in cases where a tip separation was reported.
A bedside device that can calibrate subtle eye and head movements may be key to correctly diagnosing strokes in patients who present with dizziness, nausea, nystagmus, unsteady gait and head movement intolerance.