A host of medical devices—including imaging equipment, pacemakers and electrocardiographs—are included in the list of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff beginning July 6, the U.S. government announced Friday.
Patients who experience an adverse change in employment—such as being laid off—after a heart attack reportedly have a lower quality of life, increased depression and more difficulty affording medications, according to a study published in Circulation on June 12.
Jun 15, 2018 | Imaging
The “often overlooked” strategy of stress echocardiography outperformed coronary CT angiography (CTA) in a randomized trial of low to intermediate-risk patients with acute chest pain, resulting in fewer hospitalizations, shorter stays and similar midrange safety outcomes.
An early discharge strategy with rivaroxaban reduces hospital lengths of stay and healthcare costs for patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (LRPE)—without compromising their safety—suggests a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.
The 200 and 250 millimeter lengths of Medtronic’s IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon gained FDA approval to treat long superficial artery (SFA) lesions in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), the company announced June 15.
New research suggests flavorings in electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes—including mint, vanilla, cinnamon and strawberry—can adversely affect endothelial cells, according to a study published June 14 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Jun 14, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 5.5 percent more rural Americans are obese than their metropolitan counterparts.
Jun 14, 2018 | Imaging
Machine learning models using echocardiographic data and variables from the electronic health record (EHR) can significantly improve mortality predictions compared to traditional risk scores, researchers reported in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Jun 14, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
A new study published in JAMA: Cardiology on June 13 suggests black patients have a higher risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and are less likely to receive guideline-appropriate statin therapy.
Jun 14, 2018 | Hypertension
Systolic blood pressures above 130 millimeters of mercury in middle age were associated with an increased risk of dementia later on, according to a longitudinal study published June 12 in the European Heart Journal.
Cardiologist Mario Motta, MD, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees on June 12, a position which will allow him to help shape the organization’s advocacy efforts.
Medical device company Stryker filed a claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday saying it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific on a potential takeover.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates pledged on June 11 to advance gender equity in medicine after multiple studies highlighted the wage gap and discrimination women physicians continue to face.
Mutations in the CHD4 gene are known contributors to congenital heart defects. Biologists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine believe they are beginning to understand why.
Jun 13, 2018 | Practice Management
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade D recommendation against screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography (ECG) to prevent cardiovascular disease events in asymptomatic adults at low risk of CVD events.
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries, in particular, were strongly linked to the life-threatening condition—carrying a 14-fold increase in relative risk, among the top five of all inpatient procedures analyzed.
An advanced blood test to diagnose heart attacks, currently in development by researchers at King’s College London, could be administered using a handheld device, according to research presented on June 5 at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester, U.K.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a research letter published June 11 in Circulation.
Jun 12, 2018 | Imaging
A noninvasive imaging technique combined with fractional flow reserve (FFR) showed the potential to detect functionally significant lesions in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published June 11 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
A Boston-area cardiologist and an advocate against nuclear weapons met with North Korean diplomats ahead of the 2018 United States-North Korea Summit in Singapore, reports WFXT, the FOX affiliate in Boston.
Jun 12, 2018 | Practice Management
A Cleveland-area cardiologist who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for healthcare fraud, money laundering and subjecting patients to unnecessary testing is asking a judge to overturn his case, reports Cleveland.com.