Coronary Intervention & Surgery

Telehealth enthusiasts are optimistic about telestenting’s potential to solve access-to-care issues but concede that significant obstacles must be overcome before it will be ready for prime time.

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery beat out stent placement with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a recent study of patients with multivessel coronary artery disease. Patients saw lower risks of death, hospital readmission and revascularization with the former procedure.

Around a quarter of heart patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are readmitted to the hospital for unplanned reasons within six months of their procedure, researchers report in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Percutaneous coronary intervention is being offered to a greater proportion of older adults with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) complicated by cardiogenic shock over the past two decades—a trend that’s been paralleled by declining mortality rates, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

More than 80% of stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are treated in the intensive care unit despite only 16% of them experiencing complications that require an ICU stay, according to a U.S. registry analysis published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Domestic responsibilities put a damper on career satisfaction for proceduralist mothers more than for physician mothers in nonprocedural specialties, suggests a study published April 10 in JAMA Surgery.

A new pilot study out of Germany suggests a comic-style graphic supplement can improve the informed consent process before coronary angiography by putting patients at ease and helping them understand the procedure.

Once the artery has been opened with PCI, the treatment involves mixing a patient’s own blood with oxygenated saline and then infusing that superoxygenated mixture to the targeted ischemic area for 60 minutes.

Colorado became the second state to pass legislation requiring surgical smoke evacuation systems at hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers on March 28, when Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law. Rhode Island passed a similar law in June 2018.

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI was associated with lower long-term risk of cardiac death than an angiography-guided approach in patients with complex lesions, according to a single-center study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

To conquer STEMI’s “last frontier,” cardiologists are tapping into an evolving arsenal of strategies while calling for more data and standardized definitions to guide treating physicians.

Tracking patients’ changes in fractional flow reserve (FFR) from before to after a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may provide useful information, according to new research published in JAMA Cardiology. Individuals with the greatest change in FFR were less likely to experience vessel-related events and demonstrated greater symptomatic relief.