Atrial fibrillation patients are acutely aware of their five-fold increased risk of stroke, new research from StopAfib.org suggests—and 38 percent report feeling “trapped” between their fear of having a stroke and the major bleeding risks associated with anticoagulants.
September 21, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Patients who suffer from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) see a “clear benefit” from initiating preventive compression therapy shortly after their diagnosis, as opposed to later stages of treatment, according to a study published this week in the journal Blood.
September 21, 2018 | Coronary Intervention & Surgery
The proportion of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) performed in nonagenarians has more than doubled in the last decade in the United States, offering a significant survival benefit for those deemed healthy enough for the procedure, according to a study published online Sept. 17 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
September 21, 2018 | Healthcare Economics & Policy
The majority of the world’s countries aren’t on track to meet the United Nations' target of reducing premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by a third by 2030, researchers report in the current edition of the Lancet.
September 21, 2018 | Imaging
Researchers have developed cardiology’s first pipeline for automated echocardiogram interpretation—an innovation that could cut healthcare costs while expanding care to underserved communities, according to a study published online this week in Circulation.
September 21, 2018 | Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia
It’s well-known that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can be a life-saving tool to treat cardiac arrhythmias, but a new study from the University of Washington underscores just how crucial accessible AEDs can be during competitive sporting events.
September 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics & Policy
Risk-adjustment models assessing hospitals’ stroke outcomes should include patient transfer status, argue the authors of a new study, who found centers that accepted more transfer patients treated a sicker population and experienced higher mortality rates.
September 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics & Policy
U.S. counties heavily populated by Hispanics see higher rates of cardiovascular death than more diverse communities, according to a Journal of the American Heart Association report—a phenomenon that’s likely owed to a combination of language barriers, economic disadvantages and lack of access to quality healthcare.
September 20, 2018 | Coronary Intervention & Surgery
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with an 11 percent increased risk of mortality compared to on-pump CABG, according to a registry study of cardiac surgeries performed in New Jersey from 2005 to 2011.
September 20, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Despite having the highest burden of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. and averaging more comorbidities than white patients, blacks are less likely to receive guideline-concordant care after a non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), researchers reported this week.
September 20, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Women who most closely adhere to a Mediterranean-style diet could be lowering their risk of stroke by up to 22 percent, according to 17-year results of a large-scale study out of the United Kingdom.
September 20, 2018 | Hypertension
A recent meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests the benefit of anticoagulation for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) may depend on the subtype of the condition. Mortality rates improved with anticoagulation for patients with idiopathic PAH but worsened for those with scleroderma-associated PAH.
September 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics & Policy
A Yale University cardiologist found guilty of sexual harassment five years ago received an endowed chair this summer—an accolade Yale itself claims “is widely recognized as the most prestigious honor a university can bestow on an accomplished faculty member,” the Washington Post reports.
September 19, 2018 | Coronary Intervention & Surgery
Women who received percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the U.S. from 2004 through 2014 were 20 percent more likely to die in the hospital and 81 percent more likely to experience major bleeding compared to men, according to an analysis published this month in PLOS One. Those differences remained after adjusting for preprocedural risk factors.
September 19, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
A New Jersey hospital is testing an artificial intelligence (AI) device designed to alert clinicians to bleeding episodes during endovascular procedures.