Coronary Intervention & Surgery

Women and black patients have higher coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) mortality rates than men and white patients, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Quantitative flow ratio (QFR) allows for the functional assessment of stenosis on par with fractional flow reserve (FFR) but doesn’t require a guidewire, an international group of researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Patients were about 40 percent less likely to survive the most severe heart attacks in the six coldest months of the year, according to research presented in June at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference.

New ultra-thin drug-eluting stents (DES) are associated with a 16 percent reduction in target lesion failure (TLF) at one year compared to thicker-strut, second-generation DES, according to a meta-analysis published June 26 in Circulation.

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will now cover the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, a noninvasive technology that allows clinicians to view a simulated, three-dimensional model of a patient’s coronary blood flow.

A triple therapy approach of warfarin, clopidogrel and aspirin substantially reduces the risk of ischemic stroke and stent thrombosis compared to dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), according to a meta-analysis of patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) undergoing coronary stenting. However, the three-medication strategy is associated with a higher bleeding risk.

Extended reality technologies can be used to educate patients, their families and medical students about cardiac anatomy, facilitate pre-procedural planning and intraprocedural visualization, and serve as a rehabilitation tool for stroke survivors, according to a review published in JACC: Basic to Translational Science.

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR) significantly reduced the incidence of death or myocardial infarction when compared to angiography-guided CABG, according to an observational study with an average follow-up of seven years.

Nitric oxide administration during and after multiple-valve heart surgery significantly reduced patients’ chances of developing acute and chronic kidney problems, according to a randomized trial published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Sunil V. Rao, MD, will become the editor-in-chief of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions on July 1.

A multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients teamed up to provide guidelines on how many opioid painkillers should be prescribed following specific procedures.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a “smart stent” that can monitor hemodynamic changes in the artery and warn clinicians of restenosis at its earliest stages.