Coronary Intervention & Surgery

The Cleveland Clinic was named the top hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by the U.S. News & World Report—a distinction it has held since 1995.

Shorter reperfusion times for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are associated with fewer cases of in-hospital heart failure and fewer readmissions for heart failure over the next 30 days, according to an observational study from Singapore published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) were equally safe in deferring patients from coronary revascularization, according to a pooled analysis of two randomized trials published Aug. 6 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who undergo coronary revascularization experience fewer adverse events in the short term with PCI compared to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) but similar three-year risks of death, stroke or heart attack.

Andrew Wolf, MD, a 63-year-old cardiologist, swam the English Channel to raise £20,000, or roughly $26,000, in funds for a 3D bioprinter to be used at the Bristol Children’s Hospital in the U.K.

A new North American consensus statement published July 30 in Circulation recommends a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) and the P2Y12 inhibitor clopidogrel for most patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing PCI.

The salaries of cardiothoracic surgeons are increasing faster than any other specialty, according to the American Medical Group Association’s 2018 Compensation and Productivity Survey. Cardiothoracic surgeons pulled in a median of $734,299 last year, up from $690,000 the previous year and a 23.1 percent increase from 2015.

Patients who undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) have shorter operations, fewer complications and better survival rates if they have surgeons who are subspecialized in CABG, researchers report in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Abbott announced it will conduct a pivotal clinical study in the U.S. of its Tendyne Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) system, for the treatment of mitral regurgitation (MR).

Stroke rates are higher in the first 30 days after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) than percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) but are similar thereafter, according to a pooled analysis of 11 randomized trials published July 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

While frailty is generally viewed as a consideration for the elderly, new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests it is deadlier in younger patients after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients who discharge against medical advice (DAMA) are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital, according to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.