Interventional

LVAD in Heart Failure Linked to Improved Glycemic Control

LVAD in Heart Failure Linked to Improved Glycemic Control

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HbA1c levels following left ventricular assist device implantation were statistically significantly lower than before surgery.

FDA Approves Device to Treat Acute Coronary Artery Perforations

FDA Approves Device to Treat Acute Coronary Artery Perforations

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The Agency reviewed real-world data from 80 patients who received the PK Papyrus Stents, finding that the stents were delivered successfully to the perforation site in 95% of patients with successful seals seen in 73 patients 91.3% of patients.

SAVR vs TAVR: Adverse Outcomes Risk in Aortic Stenosis

SAVR vs TAVR: Adverse Outcomes Risk in Aortic Stenosis

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Surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement had a similar risk for adverse outcomes in patients with severe aortic stenosis, regardless of whether or not the patients had prior cardiac surgery.

Ticagrelor Without Concomitant Aspirin No Better Than Standard DAPT in PCI

Ticagrelor Without Concomitant Aspirin No Better Than Standard DAPT in PCI

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Ticagrelor without aspirin offered no additional benefits compared with conventional dual antiplatelet therapy in patients undergoing PCI for either CAD or ACS.

Radial Access Reduced Adverse Events in Intervention for Acute Coronary Syndrome

Radial Access Reduced Adverse Events in Intervention for Acute Coronary Syndrome

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Net adverse cardiac events occurred in 15.2% of patients with radial access and 17.2% with femoral access while undergoing invasive therapies for acute coronary syndrome.

Revascularization Beats Amputation for Limb Ischemia

Revascularization Beats Amputation for Limb Ischemia

Similar long-term survival and costs for endovascular and surgical revascularization procedures in critical limb ischemia.

Optimal Dressing, Securement of Peripheral IV Catheters Not Yet Found

Optimal Dressing, Securement of Peripheral IV Catheters Not Yet Found

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Tissue adhesive with polyurethane dressing, bordered polyurethane dressing, or using a securement device with polyurethane dressing were not superior to standard low-cost polyurethane dressing for peripheral intravenous catheters.

Hypothyroidism Predicts Atrial Tachyarrhythmia After AF Catheter Ablation

Hypothyroidism Predicts Atrial Tachyarrhythmia After AF Catheter Ablation

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Patients with higher levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone were more likely to experience atrial tachyarrhythmia after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Increase in Proportion of TAVR Used From 2012 to 2015

Increase in Proportion of TAVR Used From 2012 to 2015

Increase in number of patients overall and aged 65 years and younger receiving TAVR.

Several Invasive Cardiovascular Procedures Linked to Infective Endocarditis

Several Invasive Cardiovascular Procedures Linked to Infective Endocarditis

Strong link between infective endocarditis and invasive cardiovascular procedures, especially coronary artery bypass grafting.

SYNTAX Score II Predicts Mortality in 1- and 2-Vessel Disease

SYNTAX Score II Predicts Mortality in 1- and 2-Vessel Disease

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The SYNTAX score II was an independent predictor of mortality in patients with 1- and 2-vessel disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.

Leadless Pacemakers Associated With Fewer Complications

Leadless Pacemakers Associated With Fewer Complications

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Patients with leadless cardiac pacemakers experienced fewer short-term and midterm complications, but more pericardial effusions than patients with standard transvenous pacemakers.

Stroke Rates Lower After PCI vs CABG at 5 Years

Stroke Rates Lower After PCI vs CABG at 5 Years

Stroke risk remained significantly lower after PCI than after CABG at 5-year follow-up.

Clotting Time in Transfemoral PCI Linked to Bleeding Risk

Clotting Time in Transfemoral PCI Linked to Bleeding Risk

More major bleeding was seen at maximal activated clotting time greater than 290 seconds.

Ischemic Stroke Risk Increased With Higher Platelet Reactivity Post-DES Implantation

Ischemic Stroke Risk Increased With Higher Platelet Reactivity Post-DES Implantation

High platelet reactivity was associated with an increased risk for ischemic stroke in patients who had undergone drug-eluting stent implantation.

Mitral Valve Repair With Robotic Surgery Has High Success Rates

Mitral Valve Repair With Robotic Surgery Has High Success Rates

Minimally invasive surgery was linked to fewer discharges to facility and one day less in hospital vs conservative surgery.

Permanent Pacemaker After TAVR Increases Mortality, Readmission Risks

Permanent Pacemaker After TAVR Increases Mortality, Readmission Risks

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Individuals who required a permanent pacemaker after transcatheter aortic valve replacement had an increased risk for mortality and hospital readmissions.

Walk Test Identifies Risk for Cognitive Dysfunction Post Cardiac Surgery

Walk Test Identifies Risk for Cognitive Dysfunction Post Cardiac Surgery

Preoperative 6-minute walk distance linked to postoperative cognitive dysfunction risk in older adults undergoing cardiac surgery.

CTEPH Increases Risk for Sleep Disordered Breathing

CTEPH Increases Risk for Sleep Disordered Breathing

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Precapillary pulmonary hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea may be causative factors for central sleep apnea and pulmonary hypertension, respectively.

Radial-Artery Grafts Better Than Saphenous-Vein Grafts in CABG

Radial-Artery Grafts Better Than Saphenous-Vein Grafts in CABG

Lower adverse cardiac events seen at 5-year follow-up after coronary-artery bypass surgery with radial-artery grafts.

FDA Recall: HeartMate 3<sup>™</sup> Outflow Graft Assembly Malfunction

FDA Recall: HeartMate 3 Outflow Graft Assembly Malfunction

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The HeartMate 3™ Left Ventricular Assist System has been recalled because of a potential malfunction in the outflow graft assembly that may cause it to twist and close up over time.

Doctors May Avoid Performing PCI Due to Public Reporting

Doctors May Avoid Performing PCI Due to Public Reporting

A total of 65% of cardiologists avoided percutaneous coronary intervention on 2 or more occasions due to reporting program concerns.

Early Post-Op APAP Exposure May Cut AKI Risk in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Early Post-Op APAP Exposure May Cut AKI Risk in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Early acetaminophen exposure after pediatric cardiac surgery may reduce rate of acute kidney injury.

Addition of ticagrelor to aspirin significantly increased graft patency after elective CABG

In this randomized controlled trial, saphenous vein graft patency after elective CABG was significantly improved in patients treated with ticagrelor plus aspirin vs aspirin alone after one year.

Transforming Congenital Heart Disease Outcomes With 3D Printing

Transforming Congenital Heart Disease Outcomes With 3D Printing

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The use of 3D-printed models is transforming congenital heart disease care by improving clinical outcomes and medical training.

Ticagrelor Plus Aspirin Superior to Aspirin Alone for Post-CABG Graft Patency

Ticagrelor Plus Aspirin Superior to Aspirin Alone for Post-CABG Graft Patency

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Ticagrelor plus aspirin was superior in increasing post-coronary artery bypass grafting patency compared with aspirin alone.

Timely Receipt of PCI in STEMI Up With Hospital Bypass Policy

Timely Receipt of PCI in STEMI Up With Hospital Bypass Policy

More patients receive PCI within guideline recommended time in states with hospital bypass policies.

Improved Outcomes With Public Reporting of CABG Data

Improved Outcomes With Public Reporting of CABG Data

There was a decrease in observed and expected mortality rates as well as risk factor rates from 2002 to 2014 in Massachusetts.

Previous Stroke Tied to Higher Risks in Aortic Valve Replacement

Previous Stroke Tied to Higher Risks in Aortic Valve Replacement

Previous stroke within 3 months of surgical aortic valve replacement is risk factor for recurrent ischemic stroke and MACE.

Electric Cars Safe With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

Electric Cars Safe With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

No evidence of electromagnetic interference with cardiac implantable electronic devices in patients testing electric cars.

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