Structural & Congenital Heart Disease

The Pascal transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) system has received its CE mark for the treatment of patients with mitral regurgitation, device manufacturer Edwards Lifesciences announced Feb. 19.

P2Y12 inhibitor initiation with clopidogrel using a loading dose (LD) is no more effective in reducing ischemic events or adverse outcomes in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) patients than initiating the therapy without a loading dose, according to research published in the American Journal of Cardiology Feb. 10.

A Danish study of 400 patients with infective endocarditis has concluded oral delivery of antibiotics to treat the disease yields similar safety and efficiency as administering the drugs intravenously.

An internal review by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital uncovered 13 cases in which heart surgery patients were harmed by medical care from 2015 to 2018 but that went unreported until recently. Florida law requires such incidents to be reported within 15 days, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

A four-stage system that quantifies the extent of cardiac changes associated with aortic stenosis was linked to the odds of death and readmission following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a finding that may aid cardiologists in making prognoses and engaging in shared decision-making with patients.

Although octogenarians undergoing transcatheter or surgical aortic valve replacement (TAVR or SAVR) experienced similar rates of in-hospital mortality and vascular complications, a recent analysis from the National Inpatient Sample concluded patients who received the less-invasive procedure had shorter hospital stays and fared better for a range of other outcomes.

A patient’s degree of frailty could predict their functional outcomes in the year following transcatheter or surgical aortic valve repair (TAVR or SAVR), according to research out of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, could lose its Medicare funding if it doesn’t shape up after a recent inspection found serious problems at the institution, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Patients deemed ineligible for transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) who don’t undergo subsequent MV repair have poor clinical outcomes compared to those who are cleared for the procedure, according to a study published in the January edition of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

A projected increase in extreme weather driven by climate change could have a lasting effect on expectant mothers and their children, according to a study that recently linked maternal heat exposure to an elevated risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs) in the U.S.

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.

The risk of infective endocarditis rises alongside concomitant use of injected opioids, a team of researchers in Ontario, Canada, has found.