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In the U.S., candidates for heart transplantation are prioritized by the intensity of treatment they’ve received, potentially leading some centers to overtreat patients.

In an era of clinician shortages, those living in rural areas are at risk of not receiving needed care. Cardiologists are stepping up, but will it be enough?

Troponin has become a widely accepted cardiac biomarker for myocardial infarction patients admitted to emergency rooms. But just how reliable is troponin in determining if a heart attack is really a heart attack?

Improving the use of ICDs will involve discerning appropriate from inappropriate shocks, standardizing post-shock protocols and refining device programming.

Interest in Tc 99m PYP is growing as new therapies for cardiac amyloidosis show promise in late-stage clinical trials.

In the era of the Quadruple Aim, there’s no shortage of studies, media coverage and commentary on how our healthcare systems may be overusing resources.

Accelerating the integration of digital healthcare tools in a responsible, clinically meaningful way is the primary focus of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) innovation agenda, according to John Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, who spoke at the 2018 Cardiovascular Summit in February.

Themed publications aren’t my thing. Maybe it’s an attention span problem or that my brain is brimming with questions I want to explore and stories I think we should write. Whatever the reason, I’m never the one suggesting a series of articles looking at a topic from several angles.

Quality reporting has changed the stakes in all aspects of healthcare. We’ve come to rely on metrics to guide decision-making across the clinical and business enterprises because the data never lie. Or do they?

In the world of value-based care and pay for performance, proper coding and documentation can raise the bottom line and ensure clinicians get credit for their work.

With more communication training, cardiologists and their teams could improve their patients’ outcomes and quality of life while possibly reducing readmissions and physician burnout.

The size of cardiovascular studies is one factor forcing health systems and practices to consider the cloud for storage.