Practice Management

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.

Government Survey: Medicare Enrollees Satisfied With Health Care

Government Survey: Medicare Enrollees Satisfied With Health Care

Medicaid enrollees were found to be largely satisfied with their health care.

Frailty Scale Predicts Death and Disability After Aortic Valve Replacement

Frailty Scale Predicts Death and Disability After Aortic Valve Replacement

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The Essential Frailty Toolset is a fast and effective predictor of death and worsening disability following valve replacement.

AMA Urges Doctors to Update and Verify Online Professional Information

AMA Urges Doctors to Update and Verify Online Professional Information

The American Medical Association urges physicians to update and verify online professional information.

Poll: Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Poll: Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery recently released guidelines on the use of surgical ablation in atrial fibrillation.

Electrical Cardioversion Can Be Performed by Advanced Practice Provider

Electrical Cardioversion Can Be Performed by Advanced Practice Provider

Advanced practice providers can safely perform electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation.

CVD Conditions Improved With Patient Education

CVD Conditions Improved With Patient Education

Therapeutic patient education interventions can improve self-management in cardiovascular conditions.

Pulmonary Artery-to-Aorta Ratio May Predict Survival in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Artery-to-Aorta Ratio May Predict Survival in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Pulmonary artery to aorta ratio measurement can effectively predict survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Earlier Loop Diuretic Use Leads to Reduced Mortality in Heart Failure

Earlier Loop Diuretic Use Leads to Reduced Mortality in Heart Failure

Early treatment with loop diuretics is linked to lower in-hospital mortality in acute heart failure patients.

ACC/AHA/HRS Release First Syncope Management Guidelines

ACC/AHA/HRS Release First Syncope Management Guidelines

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The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society released a joint guideline on syncope management and treatment.

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