Practice Management

When approached again, about a quarter of patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not taking anticoagulants due to physician-cited “patient refusal” said they would consider taking the drugs, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

The American Heart Association and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the second set of federally recommended physical activity guidelines Nov. 12—the first update in a decade and one that heavily emphasizes the physical, mental and medical benefits of exercise.

Among patients with restored ventricular function who were taken off their heart failure medications, 44 percent relapsed within eight weeks. Researchers said the trial indicates most of these patients should remain on their treatments indefinitely.

A new study in JAMA Cardiology showed patients’ risk perceptions and willingness to accept therapy are influenced by the type of estimate they’re presented with and how that information is organized.

A physician with Pulse Cardiology in San Bernardino, California, has been accused of racist behavior after allegedly criticizing a patient for not speaking English, Yahoo Finance reported Nov. 6.

Nuclear medicine clinics could be operating at 25 percent capacity or less by the end of the week due to a shortage of Technetium-99m, said one hospital leader.

Physicians successfully reversed the bleeding risk-treatment paradox in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) by prioritizing risk-concordant use of bleeding avoidance strategies like bivalirudin, radial access and vascular closure devices, according to a report published Oct. 31 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiac transplant candidates are better off accepting an organ with a higher risk of transmitting diseases than waiting for another heart, suggests a study published Oct. 29 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

About 96 percent of women want to be notified about breast arterial calcification (BAC) detected during mammography, according to survey results published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Researchers said breast radiologists are in a strong position to connect these patients to preventive cardiologists.

The relative value unit (RVU)-based compensation model in U.S. academic medical centers can twist incentives and prioritize clinical productivity over research and teaching, three researchers argued in a viewpoint published Oct. 20 in the European Heart Journal.

Patients evaluated for chest pain in busier emergency departments experience lower rates of death or hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) at both 30 days and one year, according to a study published Oct. 23 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Rates of malpractice lawsuits in cardiology have followed a slow upward trajectory for the past decade and are continuing to climb, according to a review of more than 1,500 liability claims published in the American Journal of Cardiology.