Coronary Intervention & Surgery

An analysis of eight surgical subspecialties at Johns Hopkins hospital found that more than 80 percent of the variability in 30-day readmissions was due to individual patient factors. The overall readmission rate was 13.2 percent, including 9.6 percent of patients who underwent cardiac surgery.

Cook Medical recalled more than 38,000 of its angiographic catheters in the U.S. after receiving reports that the catheter tip may split or separate from the catheter. Of the 26 reports, 14 resulted in adverse events.

Improvements in door-to-balloon times have helped to push down mortality rates and boost outcomes for MI patients, the New York Times reports in part of a series on cardiovascular care in the U.S. The article includes educational slides on heart attacks and PCI treatment.

Eleven hospitals in New Jersey that do not offer cardiac surgeries onsite are seeking to perform elective angioplasties on an elective basis. The state currently allows 18 hospitals to perform the procedures.

A Brazilian soccer fan died after experiencing an MI at the close of a dramatic World Cup match between Brazil and Chile that allowed Brazil to advance to the quarter finals.

Some experts suggest FFR has a role in CABG because of its potential to spare patients a complicated surgery as well as cut costs.

The New York Times reports that nitroglycerine, the go-to drug in emergency rooms when physicians suspect an MI, may face intermittent shortages, according to its sole supplier.

An interactive dance project called 4Chambers includes choreography that depicts a cardiac arrest and video about heart attacks. The work, described in Studio 360, was inspired by a conversation with a cardiologist who encourages her patients to dance, which she calls “the perfect activity.”  

An article by Bloomberg News claims that the cath lab at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City has sent patients with previously scheduled appointments through its emergency department (ED), a practice that may allow for uninsured patients’ costs to be covered. The hospital has not been accused of any wrong-doing and hospital officials said they are reviewing issues related to the allegations.

CNN reported that the blockage in former President George W. Bush’s coronary artery was “in the ballpark of 95 percent.” He underwent PCI in August, which at the time was criticized as possibly a case of overuse of stenting.

Based on what they describe as a review of several studies and interviews with 37 cardiologists, 33 patients or their survivors, three Bloomberg reporters explored overuse of stenting, particularly in elective procedures. The report covers several investigations and describes cases that culminated in patient deaths. It also includes a map of “coronary stent hot spots.”

Gladstone Institutes researchers published a proof of concept study in Stem Cell Reports of human fibroblasts being reprogrammed into beating heart cells. A description of their work and a 3-D video illustrating a heart muscle cell are available below.