Interventional

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.

Transcatheter vs Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in COPD

Transcatheter vs Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in COPD

In patients with COPD, transcatheter aortic valve replacement was associated with fewer respiratory-related complications than surgical aortic valve replacement.

Loading Atorvastatin Doses Before and After PCI in ACS for MACE Prevention

Loading Atorvastatin Doses Before and After PCI in ACS for MACE Prevention

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Major adverse cardiovascular events were not reduced in patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing planned percutaneous coronary intervention when given 2 loading doses of atorvastatin.

Delayed Coronary Obstruction Rare After TAVR

Delayed Coronary Obstruction Rare After TAVR

Although rare, delayed coronary obstruction after transcatheter aortic valve replacement was tied to a 50% in-hospital mortality rate.

Improved Outcomes With CABG vs PCI for Diabetes With LV Dysfunction

Improved Outcomes With CABG vs PCI for Diabetes With LV Dysfunction

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Aim of study was to determine whether treatment with percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting leads to improved outcomes in patients with diabetes, coronary artery disease, and left ventricular dysfunction.

Rapid Deployment Valve for Aortic Stenosis Ups Stroke Risk

Rapid Deployment Valve for Aortic Stenosis Ups Stroke Risk

Rapid deployment valve use linked to increased rates of pacemaker implantation and disabling stroke, but not mortality.

Variation in Quality of ICD Advice on Patient Message Boards

Variation in Quality of ICD Advice on Patient Message Boards

Overall, 24.4% of instances of medical advice regarding implanted cardiac defibrillators were considered inappropriate for most patients.

Pulmonary Hypertension Mortality Following Cardiac Catheterization

Pulmonary Hypertension Mortality Following Cardiac Catheterization

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Patients with pulmonary hypertension have a high risk for adverse events during and following cardiac catheterization, but high case volume may help ameliorate this risk.

Smartphone Application Shows Promise for Assessing Ulnar Artery Patency

Smartphone Application Shows Promise for Assessing Ulnar Artery Patency

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The smartphone heart rate monitoring application had higher diagnostic accuracy compared with standard physical examination for determining ulnar artery patency prior to radial access.

Genotype-Guided Antiplatelet Therapy Feasible, Effective

Genotype-Guided Antiplatelet Therapy Feasible, Effective

Genotype-guided therapy improved outcomes in patients who were CYP2C19 intermediate and poor metabolizers.

Aortic Valve Replacement in Elderly Tied to High Mortality

Aortic Valve Replacement in Elderly Tied to High Mortality

Clinically relevant and subclinical structural valve degeneration seen in 6.6% and 30.1%, respectively.

Lower Thromboembolic Risk With New Afib After CABG vs NVAF

Lower Thromboembolic Risk With New Afib After CABG vs NVAF

For patients post coronary artery bypass graft surgery, new-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation is associated with lower long-term thromboembolic risk than that seen among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

Patent Foramen Ovale Characteristics May Predict Benefits of PFO Closure

Patent Foramen Ovale Characteristics May Predict Benefits of PFO Closure

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Patent foramen ovale closure resulted in a lower recurrence of stroke in patients with cryptogenic stroke and high-risk PFO characteristics.

Magnetically Levitated Centrifugal- vs Continuous-Flow Pump for Advanced HF

Magnetically Levitated Centrifugal- vs Continuous-Flow Pump for Advanced HF

A magnetically levitated centrifugal-flow pump was superior to a mechanical-bearing axial continuous-flow pump in patients with advanced heart failure.

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