Practice Management

Cardiovascular hospitalizations in Louisiana rose sharply after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005—an increase that seemed to disproportionately affect black patients—Tufts researchers reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Rates of CVD in the U.S. are climbing for the first time in decades, the American Heart Association announced Jan. 31 in its annual heart and stroke statistical update. The organization also said nearly half of the adult U.S. population has some form of heart disease.

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.

Amid the FDA’s crackdown on the e-cigarette industry due to rising rates of teen vaping, a new randomized trial revealed e-cigs are effective for their original purpose: The devices were almost twice as successful as other nicotine replacement therapies, like patches and gums, in helping people stop smoking.

A new analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests the learning curve for achieving the best transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) outcomes may have dissipated with a current-generation, balloon-expandable device.

Dozens of editors from major cardiovascular journals have banded together to “sound the alarm that human lives are at stake” in a recent Journal of the American Heart Association editorial exploring the role of misinformation in cardiology.

Although the 2018 U.S. stroke guidelines recommended extending the window for endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) to 24 hours in select stroke patients, a new meta-analysis in JAMA Neurology serves as a reminder that prompt treatment remains crucial for achieving successful reperfusion.

The American Heart Association issued an urgent call to action Jan. 24, citing a “disturbing plateau” in CVD outcomes that’s stemmed from a lag in drug innovations, poorer quality of care and a rise in the prevalence of risk factors like obesity and hypertension.

A study of more than 1,000 Hispanic adults with hypertension found increased health literacy improves patients’ adherence to blood pressure medications—but the majority of the population struggles with poor health literacy, indicating a need for tailored interventions.

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.

A Harvard-led study of 130 hypertensive individuals found a unique home-based blood pressure (BP) control program run by non-physicians can help patients reach healthy BP goals within seven weeks.

Two new lawsuits have been filed against Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the fourth and fifth malpractice complaints involving heart transplants at the Houston hospital since the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica exposed problems with its transplant program last year.