Coronary Intervention & Surgery

Patients with chronic angina pectoris who experience incomplete revascularization after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may fare better if they’re optimistic about their own recovery, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology Feb. 7.

A handful of hospitals have implemented mandatory screenings of medical professionals older than 70 to tease out which ones should retire, reduce their workloads or transition to roles outside of patient care. But far more institutions don’t have any such processes in place.

Instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) can safely guide revascularization decisions in left anterior descending (LAD) arteries with moderate stenosis, according to an analysis of the DEFINE-FLAIR study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

The interventional cardiology residency program at Detroit Medical Center will undergo an accreditation inspection Feb. 8 following controversial leadership changes within the organization last fall, Crain’s Detroit Business reported.

Patients undergoing heart surgery might see better outcomes and shorter hospital stays if they opt for intraoperative autologous blood donation, according to research out of New York.

A survey of cardiovascular fellows-in-training (FIT) offered insight into why women at that career stage are less likely to pursue interventional cardiology—a subspecialty that ranks among the lowest in all of medicine in terms of female representation.

Rivaroxaban failed to reduce the rate of early graft failure following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery compared to aspirin monotherapy, researchers reported in a substudy of the COMPASS trial published Jan. 14 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

One in five patients who required emergency surgery to correct complications caused by diagnostic angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) died within 30 days, researchers reported in a single-center study from Germany.

Despite recent clinical trial evidence suggesting the outcomes of unprotected left main PCI rival those of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), very few unprotected left main PCIs are performed in everyday clinical practice in the United States.

Readmissions and postacute care were the primary drivers of differences in payments to hospitals for 90-day episodes of percutaneous coronary intervention, suggests a study of more than 40,000 PCI procedures from 33 Michigan hospitals.

Outpatient centers across three states may have upcoded patients from stable angina to unstable angina to mask their use of inappropriate percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a report published Dec. 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Patients who receive heart surgery experience minimal changes to their memory up to two years after their operations compared to those who undergo less-invasive cardiac catheterization, according to a new study, offering reassurance that postoperative cognitive decline may be temporary in many cases.