Cardiovascular Imaging

Avinger announced on Oct. 18 its Pantheris SV atherectomy device has gained CE mark approval, allowing it to be sold commercially in Europe. The system extends the plaque-removing technique for peripheral artery disease to smaller vessels with diameters between 2 and 4 millimeters.

The proportion of part-time cardiologists is declining at a time when one would expect health systems to be doing everything they can to keep competent physicians on board, according to MedAxiom’s 2018 Cardiovascular Provider Compensation & Production Survey.

People with unrecognized myocardial infarction carry a lower short-term risk of death but an equal 10-year risk of mortality compared to those with clinically diagnosed heart attacks, according to an analysis of the ICELAND MI study published in JAMA Cardiology.

MRI measurements of carotid wall thickness improve predictions of cardiovascular disease risk more than a commonly used ultrasound-based test, according to research published Oct. 9 in Radiology.

Asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis are at greater risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality if they have higher peak aortic jet velocities or left ventricular ejection fractions (LVEFs) below 60 percent, researchers reported Oct. 3 in JAMA Cardiology.

Women who suffer from peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) will likely be clinically asymptomatic seven years after they give birth, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association Oct. 3—but it’s also likely they’ll develop enduring diastolic dysfunction and reduced exercise capacity in the same window.

Fractional flow reserve (FFR) can be closely approximated using conventional coronary angiography and propriety software, according to the FAST-FFR study published online in Circulation. The findings offer a potential route for more patients with suspected coronary artery disease to receive functional assessment of lesions without the need for a guidewire or hyperemic agents.

Researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan have identified a new approach for imaging the progression of atherosclerotic plaque in vivo, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

Assessment of abdominal aortic calcification using computed tomography (CT) is a highly effective predictor of future heart attack and CVD risk, according to research published in Radiology Oct. 2—more effective even than the Framingham risk score, which has been relied upon for more than two decades.

With additional testing for nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), researchers effectively diagnosed microvascular and/or vasospastic angina—as well as non-cardiac related chest pain—and used that information to guide therapy decisions and significantly improve angina and quality-of-life outcomes.

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided stent implantation offers improved clinical outcomes for heart patients over a traditional angiography-guided approach, researchers from China reported at this week’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in San Diego, California.

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.