Cardiovascular 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.

Photoplethysmography—a noninvasive imaging technique that allows clinicians to measure a patient’s pulse wave velocity as blood moves away from their heart—has for the first time linked alterations in the carotid system to changes in physical movement, according to research out of ITMO University in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

When North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley set out to build a new hybrid OR equipped with robotic angiography, they had no idea the project would set a new bar for project planning and execution across the health system, bring “exponential improvements” in image quality and “exponential reductions” in radiation dose and contrast media, or that they’d finish the project almost a month early without a single change order and $600,000 under budget. Teamwork, meticulous planning and virtual reality-guidance played an essential role in refining and perfecting this image-guided surgery suite even before a pen was put to paper.

Visual estimations of the completeness of revascularization failed to predict subsequent cardiovascular events for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) who underwent stenting guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR), researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Scientists have developed a wearable ultrasound device to measure central blood pressure (BP). It performed as well as a current noninvasive technique upon testing, according to a press release.

Millimeter wave body scanners—standard security measures at airports, train stations and public buildings since the 2000s—are completely safe for heart patients with implantable devices, German researchers reported at last month’s ESC Congress.

Heart attack and stroke patients could minimize their risk of a second infarction by consuming apocynin, an antioxidant close in chemical structure to vanilla, according to research out of Portland, Oregon.

A prevalence of left atrial fibrosis in endurance athletes could explain their increased risk for arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to data presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Munich.

A simplified cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) protocol using a contrast agent allowed clinicians in Peru to diagnose heart ailments more quickly and cheaply, a new study found. The results, published online Aug. 29 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlight a potential pathway to realizing the benefits of CMR in developing nations.

The addition of perivascular fat attenuation to routine coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) improves risk stratification in heart patients, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)’s annual symposium in Munich, surpassing current prognostic models to re-classify and predict cardiac deaths with more accuracy.

Patients with stable chest pain who were evaluated with coronary CT angiography (CTA) were significantly less likely to experience a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease (CHD) within five years compared to individuals who received standard testing, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Intravascular ultrasound may help identify patients who will benefit most from distal protection during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.