Coronary Intervention & Surgery

The ultra-thin Orsiro drug-eluting stent (DES) has received FDA approval and is now commercially available in the United States, device manufacturer Biotronik announced Feb. 22.

Individuals undergoing cardiac surgery might benefit from a pre-scheduled postoperative cocktail of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen and either propofol or dexmedetomidine, according to Harvard researchers who found the common painkiller could reduce in-hospital delirium in older patients.

Five-year survival rates and cardiovascular outcomes are similar between elderly patients who undergo both off- and on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), according to research out of Germany.

A simple educational initiative designed to show cardiac surgeons how often they used blood transfusions—and how much they cost—helped one heart center significantly cut its rate of blood utilization and save a projected $500,000 each year.

Placing homemade shields under the angiographic table during percutaneous coronary procedures cut operators’ exposure to radiation at the pelvic level by a median of 72 percent, according to a single-center study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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.