Coronary Intervention & Surgery

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. 

Tony Das, MD, the cardiologist who treated George W. Bush on Aug. 6, discusses his reasoning for the former president’s stent procedure in a blog entry posted on the American Heart Association’s site. 

NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviewed C. Michael Gibson, MD, about his experiences treating victims of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Gibson, a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, credited the medical teams in the field and the proximity of the emergency tent for stabilizing the wounded. “[They] may have saved innumerable lives,” he said.

A Q&A posted on CNN’s website featured John P. Reilly, MD, editor-in-chief of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ and a vice chairman and cardiology fellowship program director at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

Thoracic surgeons may find that accurate coding and billing under ICD-10 may require a higher level of specificity than before.