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A retrospective database analysis found that the number of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) hospitalizations per year decreased 58 percent from 2001 through 2012, although the mean hospital charge per admission increased 2.7-fold during that time period.

It’s no secret smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. A recent study shows that the habit may also have another side effect: increasing the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).

A recent study found there was significant variation in home-time among hospitals and certain characteristics in patients and hospitals determine how much time patients spend at home without further issues.

A registry analysis found that patients who only had short episodes of atrial tachycardia and/or atrial fibrillation (AT/AF) did not have an increased risk of clinical events.

Peripheral artery disease is under scrutiny as the number of endovascular interventions has soared. In a field where clinical evidence is sparse, experts are asking how the financial and societal costs of revascularization compare with amputating the problem and whether early detection and treatment could save lives, limbs and perhaps healthcare dollars.

 

Recent Headlines

Stroke rates increase for younger adults from 1999 to 2014

After adjusting for age, researchers found that adults born in New Jersey from 1945 to 1954 had a significantly lower risk of stroke compared with those born in earlier or later time periods. The risk of ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) was similar among the age groups.

Hospitalizations for PAH decrease 58% from 2001 to 2012

A retrospective database analysis found that the number of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) hospitalizations per year decreased 58 percent from 2001 through 2012, although the mean hospital charge per admission increased 2.7-fold during that time period.

SentreHeart recalls guidewire system used in cardiovascular procedures

SentreHeart voluntarily recalled its FindrWIRZ guidewire system after discovering the device’s coating could separate from the packaging and potentially cause serious injuries.

ACC, AHA guidelines recommend exercise for patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease

Patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease should participate in structured exercise programs as well as take their prescribed medications, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC).

New LVAD device outperforms older model

A new left ventricular assist device (LVAD) by Thoratec may be a good option for cardiologists to begin using on their patients as new research shows it is outperforming older models.

Another side effect of smoking? Increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms

It’s no secret smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. A recent study shows that the habit may also have another side effect: increasing the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).

FDA expands approval of Medtronic’s Solitaire stent retriever device

The FDA expanded the approval of the Solitaire stent retriever device to treat patients with acute ischemic strokes.

Cardiovascular biomarker score helps identify atrial fibrillation patients at risk of stroke, death

An analysis of a randomized trial found that a cardiovascular biomarker score may help predict the risk for stroke, systemic embolic events and death in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Smokers have 6- to 7-fold increased risk of AAA than people who never smoked

More than 10 percent of current smokers and more than 5 percent of adults developed an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) during a median follow-up period of 22.5 years, according to a community-based, prospective study.

FDA approves PFO Occluder device to reduce risk of recurrent ischemic strokes

The FDA approved the Amplatzer PFO Occluder device Oct. 28 to help reduce the risk of recurrent ischemic strokes in patients with patent forance ovale (PFO).

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