Practice Management

Decrease in Mortality When Surgery Performed by Female Surgeon

Decrease in Mortality When Surgery Performed by Female Surgeon

Patients treated by female surgeons have a small but significant decrease in 30-day mortality.

Survey Reports More Than 20% of US Adults Experience Medical Errors

Survey Reports More Than 20% of US Adults Experience Medical Errors

New survey shows more than 1 in 5 patients report having experienced a medical error.

Faulty Pacemakers, Defibrillators to Be Replaced by Medicare

Faulty Pacemakers, Defibrillators to Be Replaced by Medicare

Medicare paid at least $1.5 billion over a decade to replace 7 types of defective heart devices that apparently failed.

Medication Nonadherence Mortality Rates Examined Post-MI

Medication Nonadherence Mortality Rates Examined Post-MI

Post myocardial infarction medication nonadherence may increase mortality.

New Appropriate Use Criteria Released for Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease

New Appropriate Use Criteria Released for Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease

New criteria has been developed for valvular heart disease imaging tests.

Hypertension Medication Adherence May Be Improved by Collaborate Communication

Hypertension Medication Adherence May Be Improved by Collaborate Communication

Collaborative communication between physicians and patients can help boost patient medication adherence.

PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Continues to Lack Cost-Effectiveness

PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Continues to Lack Cost-Effectiveness

Findings for addition of evolocumab to standard tx in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Adherence Not Reported in Studies

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Adherence Not Reported in Studies

Studies often fail to include information on outcomes by medication adherence in type 2 diabetes.

Cognitive Function May Benefit from Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Targets

Cognitive Function May Benefit from Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Targets

For seniors and particularly blacks with hypertension, lowering systolic blood pressure to 120 mm Hg or lower may help prevent cognitive decline.

Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care

Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care

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About 40% of hospitalized patients report a breakdown in their care including delays in admission and team communication.

After Cardiac Surgery, Patients With Obesity Require More ICU Resources

After Cardiac Surgery, Patients With Obesity Require More ICU Resources

For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, increasing obesity is associated with increased intensive care unit resource utilization.

Timing of BP Measurements in Orthostatic Hypotension Linked to Adverse Effects

Timing of BP Measurements in Orthostatic Hypotension Linked to Adverse Effects

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Blood pressure measurements taken within the first minute of standing from a supine position had the strongest association with adverse outcomes in orthostatic hypotension.

Beta-Blockers Reduce CV Mortality in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

Beta-Blockers Reduce CV Mortality in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

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Most pharmacotherapies appear not to have significant effect on all-cause or cardiovascular mortality in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Changes, Challenges, and Clinician Perspectives

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Changes, Challenges, and Clinician Perspectives

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An overview of cardiac rehabilitation use plus interviews with Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH, FACC, FASE and with Jonathan Ledyard, MS, RCEP.

After First Stroke, Recurrence Risk Increases When Discontinuing Statins

After First Stroke, Recurrence Risk Increases When Discontinuing Statins

Discontinuing statin therapy 3 to 6 months after an initial ischemic stroke is tied to higher risk of a recurrent stroke.

Early vs Delayed Invasive Strategy in Non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes

Early vs Delayed Invasive Strategy in Non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes

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In patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes, an early invasive treatment strategy does not significantly reduce mortality rates.

Geographic Differences Affect Statin Prescriptions Post-Stroke

Geographic Differences Affect Statin Prescriptions Post-Stroke

Less than half of patients discharged for ischemic stroke receive a prescription for statins.

Premature Deaths Expected to Increase With Higher Temperatures

Premature Deaths Expected to Increase With Higher Temperatures

An increase in air pollution is expected to trigger an additional 60,000 premature deaths each year globally by 2030.

Obesity, Overweight Associated With Higher Healthcare Costs

Obesity, Overweight Associated With Higher Healthcare Costs

Excess weight is associated with increased costs across health care settings.

Aspirin May Be Safe to Administer in Heart Failure

Aspirin May Be Safe to Administer in Heart Failure

Patients who took aspirin daily were not at a higher risk for heart failure complications compared with patients who took warfarin.

Assessing Chest Pain in ER With Short-term Risk Stratification Tool

Assessing Chest Pain in ER With Short-term Risk Stratification Tool

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The HEART Score is a safe risk-stratification tool for chest pain, but it does not seem to do much for reducing hospital utilization and admissions.

Self-Instructional Kiosk May Increase Training of Hands-Only CPR

Self-Instructional Kiosk May Increase Training of Hands-Only CPR

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A self-instructional kiosk at a US airport revealed considerable public interest in learning Hands-Only CPR.

Diabetes Increases Hospital Readmissions Rates

Diabetes Increases Hospital Readmissions Rates

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Patients with diabetes had a higher rate of readmission to hospitals compared with patients without diabetes.

Recurrent Stroke and Mortality Risks Increase for Stable Survivors

Recurrent Stroke and Mortality Risks Increase for Stable Survivors

Risk of a second stroke or transient ischemic attack increases in stable survivors.

AMA: Better Patient Communication May Reduce Physician Burnout

AMA: Better Patient Communication May Reduce Physician Burnout

Better patient-physician communication can improve care and reduce burnout.

Chronic Kidney Disease Benefits From Intensive Blood Pressure Reductions

Chronic Kidney Disease Benefits From Intensive Blood Pressure Reductions

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Intensive systolic blood pressure reductions may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Benefits From Cardiology Care vs Primary Care

Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Benefits From Cardiology Care vs Primary Care

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Cardiology care in patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation was associated with reductions in stroke and death.

Smoking Cessation Medication Use Low Following MI

Smoking Cessation Medication Use Low Following MI

Following myocardial infarction, few patients take smoking cessation medications.

Anticoagulant Effect of Dabigatran Successfully Reversed in Emergency Situations

Anticoagulant Effect of Dabigatran Successfully Reversed in Emergency Situations

Idarucizumab can effectively reverse the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran.

Ferumoxytol-enhanced  MRI Detects Cellular Inflammation Post Myocardial Infarction

Ferumoxytol-enhanced MRI Detects Cellular Inflammation Post Myocardial Infarction

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An enhanced MRI detected myocardial macrophage activity within 2 weeks following an acute myocardial infarction.

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