A report published by charity organization Cancer Research U.K. suggests obesity is on track to eclipse smoking as the greatest cause of preventable cancer in British women—something experts say could happen by 2043, the Guardian has reported.
September 24, 2018 | Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia
OAC-ALONE, the first randomized trial to test the efficacy of oral anticoagulation (OAC) alone against combined OAC and a single antiplatelet agent (APT) in patients with atrial fibrillation and stable coronary artery disease, was unable to establish noninferiority of OACs to dual therapy, according to data presented at the 30th annual TCT conference in San Diego.
September 24, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
Height—and the genes that influence it—are important predictors for the development of varicose veins, according to a study out of Stanford University.
September 24, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Resolute Onyx, a polymer-coated zotarolimus-eluting stent, has been proven safe and effective in an all-comer population of more than 2,000 heart patients, according to late-breaking results of the BIONYX trial.
SAN DIEGO — General and local anesthesia are comparably safe and effective during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures, according to the first randomized trial to compare the two approaches.
September 23, 2018 | Heart Failure
SAN DIEGO — Compared to heart failure patients with severe secondary mitral regurgitation who were treated with guideline-directed medical therapy alone, those randomized to a MitraClip procedure plus optimal medical therapy demonstrated relative reductions of 47 percent for heart failure hospitalizations and 38 percent for mortality at two years of follow-up.
September 23, 2018 | Coronary Intervention & Surgery
SAN DIEGO — The ultra-thin Orsiro drug-eluting stent (DES) maintained superior outcomes at two years of follow-up in a head-to-head trial against Abbott’s Xience stent, according to results presented this weekend at Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2018 and published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
September 21, 2018 | Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia
A strict protocol mandating coronary angiography and therapeutic hypothermia contributed to “startling” improvements in survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), researchers reported in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
September 21, 2018 | Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia
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.