For decades, cardiologists have insisted patients take it easy after a heart attack—but younger physicians believe in encouraging patients be active, and even run, because exercise decreases the chances of a subsequent cardiac event.
Scientists are beginning to explore whether infusing heart tissue with mitochondria can restore function to oxygen-deprived cells after a heart attack. The technique has potential in both pediatric and adult patients, according to an article in The New York Times.
July 10, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Blue-collar workers who cleaned up debris in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at double the rate of the general population, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
July 10, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Patients were about 40 percent less likely to survive the most severe heart attacks in the six coldest months of the year, according to research presented in June at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference.
July 09, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
About two-thirds of patients older than 65 who experience a myocardial infarction die within eight years, according to a new study—and nearly half die in that timeframe even if they receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
July 06, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Norepinephrine seemed to be a safer vasopressor than epinephrine for patients with cardiogenic shock following acute myocardial infarction, according to a small randomized trial conducted in France. Significantly more patients given epinephrine developed refractory cardiogenic shock, causing the study to be stopped early.
July 05, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Learning a heart attack patient has nonobstructive coronary arteries shouldn’t necessarily be met with relief, according to a multicenter study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
July 03, 2018 | Imaging
Hybrid imaging with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and single photon emission CT (SPECT) can provide powerful prognostic value for patients being evaluated for coronary artery disease, according to a single-center study published online July 3 in Radiology.
July 03, 2018 | Heart Failure
Human stem cells helped restore left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in monkeys induced with experimental heart failure, giving scientists hope a similar treatment could work in humans following myocardial infarction.
July 02, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
In an interview with JAMA, emergency medicine physician Rachel Zang, MD, discussed doctors responding to in-flight medical emergencies, potential legal liabilities and the standard equipment that airlines stock to handle such incidents.
June 30, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Individuals who maintain a high level of fitness in midlife are at a decreased risk of depression—and those who stay in shape while diagnosed with depression exhibit a 56 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to new research published on June 27 in JAMA Psychiatry.
June 28, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
Compared to warfarin, the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) apixaban, rivaroxaban and dabigatran are all associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction, according to a Danish registry study of consecutive patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AFib).
June 27, 2018 | Imaging
UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will now cover the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, a noninvasive technology that allows clinicians to view a simulated, three-dimensional model of a patient’s coronary blood flow.
June 20, 2018 | Vascular & Endovascular
The presence of cardiovascular comorbidities is associated with accelerated hearing loss in patients older than 80, suggesting those conditions could be treated to slow this age-related decline.
June 15, 2018 | Acute Coronary Syndrome
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.
Imaging, Acute Coronary Syndrome
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.
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a research letter published June 11 in Circulation.
Vascular & Endovascular, Acute Coronary Syndrome
Patients who utilize a healthy lifestyle smartphone application may be able to slow arterial aging, according to results from the EVIDENT II trial presented at EuroHeartCare 2018 in Dublin.
Acute Coronary Syndrome
The introduction of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) in Sweden was associated with an 11 percent reduction in reinfarctions among heart attack patients and increased use of coronary angiography and revascularization, according to a study published June 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Acute Coronary Syndrome, Coronary Intervention & Surgery
Physicians working in states that imposed damage caps for malpractice claims were less likely to perform invasive coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than colleagues in no-cap states, according to a new study in JAMA Cardiology.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Practice Management, Acute Coronary Syndrome