The Handoff is a weekly roundup of cardiology news covering various developments in subspecialties, as well as pharmaceutical industry, association, and society news.
- The American Heart Association welcomes a new president, John Warner, MD. Read all about him and his mission for the organization in a profile online.
- A team of researchers out of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles has developed a new risk assessment tool to predict who is most likely to have a sudden cardiac arrest. The risk score is based on 12-lead EKG readings.
- Women who receive new-generation drug-eluting stents for acute MI benefit over a 3-year period, according to research published in JAMA Cardiology. Investigators compared the efficacy and safety of new-generation vs early-generation stents.
- The Affordable Care Act may be responsible for fewer cardiac arrests in the Portland, Oregon area, according to a study on emergency medical services. The American Heart Association News reported that researchers compared emergency medical services records to US Census Bureau data in the years before and after the Affordable Care Act was passed.
- Republicans may not have the votes to pass the controversial American Health Care Act in the Senate, according to the New York Times. The Congressional Budget Office released their evaluation of the bill this week, noting it would cut health insurance from 22 million people by 2026.
- It’s not just income that plays a role in how much fast-food we consume — it’s the number of hours we work. According to a recent study, only 5% more of adults in the lowest earning socioeconomic status responded that they ate fast food within the past week compared with adults in the highest earning socioeconomic status.