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Every year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke—with 665,000 people surviving the episode. The annual cost of stroke in the U.S. tops $33.6 billion (Circulation. 2015 ;e29-322.) and one out of six Americans will have a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke is our leading cause of disability.

Some experts suggest FFR has a role in CABG because of its potential to spare patients a complicated surgery as well as cut costs.

The cardiology profession, like healthcare, is in a state of flux. With large numbers of physicians at or near retirement age, there could be an exodus of talent. Today's newly trained specialists are finding that their career path bears little resemblance to that of their elders.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) places a heavy financial burden on the U.S. healthcare system, but cardiologists may help to chip away at these costs.

Some service line champions are calling these structures into service to help them maximize their potential. 

Thoracic surgeons may find that accurate coding and billing under ICD-10 may require a higher level of specificity than before.