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Open Surgical Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Linked to Early Postoperative Mortality

Open Surgical Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Linked to Early Postoperative Mortality

Patients undergoing open surgical repair for intact descending thoracic aortic aneurysm had greater odds of early death than patients undergoing TEVAR.

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ACC, AHA Publish Appropriate Use Criteria Guidelines for Peripheral Artery Intervention

ACC, AHA Publish Appropriate Use Criteria Guidelines for Peripheral Artery Intervention

In publishing updated appropriate use criteria, the organizations hope to provide guidance to clinicians who may refer patients for revascularization therapy.

Questions Remain Regarding VTE Recurrence in Older Adults

Questions Remain Regarding VTE Recurrence in Older Adults

Venous thromboembolism recurrence risk may not be any higher in older patients than in younger patients.

The Role of Viral Infections and Vaccines in the Pathogenesis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome

The Role of Viral Infections and Vaccines in the Pathogenesis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Recent evidence links specific bacterial, viral infections, and vaccination to the development of APS, but these associations are not clear-cut.

Risk Factors for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in the South Asian Population

Risk Factors for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in the South Asian Population

South Asians exhibit the highest rates of ASCVD among all ethnic groups, and the highest prevalence is in younger age groups; up to 25% of myocardial infarctions in India occur in individuals younger than 40 years of age.

Rheumatic Heart Disease: Diagnosis and Management

Rheumatic Heart Disease: Diagnosis and Management

Learn about the comprehensive management of rheumatic heart disease with Jack Boyd, MD, clinical assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Open Surgical Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Linked to Early Postoperative Mortality

Open Surgical Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Linked to Early Postoperative Mortality

Patients undergoing open surgical repair for intact descending thoracic aortic aneurysm had greater odds of early death than patients undergoing TEVAR.

Paclitaxel Drug-Coated Balloons: A Safe Option for Femoropopliteal PAD

Paclitaxel Drug-Coated Balloons: A Safe Option for Femoropopliteal PAD

Researchers sought to determine whether there was a link between paclitaxel exposure and mortality in this independent patient-level meta-analysis of 1980 patients with ≤5-year follow-up.

Early Carotid Intervention Linked to Functional Dependence After Stroke

Early Carotid Intervention Linked to Functional Dependence After Stroke

Patients with moderate to severe stroke (NIHSS score >10) who undergo urgent carotid interventions within 48 hours have worse functional outcomes.

Rising Glucose Levels in Midlife May Put Individuals at Risk for CVD

Rising Glucose Levels in Midlife May Put Individuals at Risk for CVD

Increased glucose levels in middle-aged adults that include the development of diabetes are associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

Migraine History Common in Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Migraine History Common in Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Many patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection, particularly those with depression and with spontaneous coronary artery dissection-related chest pain, also have a history of migraine.

Increasing Risk for Infective Endocarditis Among People Who Inject Drugs

Increasing Risk for Infective Endocarditis Among People Who Inject Drugs

Researchers sought to determine whether removal of traditional controlled-release oxycodone from the Canadian market may have led to an increase in the use of hydromorphone and subsequent elevated risk for infective endocarditis.

Higher VTE Risk Associated Most With Older Age, Smoking, and Adiposity

Higher VTE Risk Associated Most With Older Age, Smoking, and Adiposity

Investigators examined a link between major cardiovascular risk factors, such as older age and smoking, and venous thromboembolism, consisting of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.

Transfemoral TAVI With Balloon-Expandable Valves Leads to Fewer Strokes

Transfemoral TAVI With Balloon-Expandable Valves Leads to Fewer Strokes

Investigators examined clinical outcomes of patients undergoing transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation with balloon-expandable valves vs self-expandable valves in patients with aortic valve stenosis.

FDA: Potential Increased Mortality With Paclitaxel-Coated Balloons, Stents for PAD

FDA: Potential Increased Mortality With Paclitaxel-Coated Balloons, Stents for PAD

The FDA's communication follows a recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Higher Risk for VTE With Oral vs Transdermal Hormone Replacement Therapy

Higher Risk for VTE With Oral vs Transdermal Hormone Replacement Therapy

Oral preparations of hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of menopausal symptoms are associated with a greater risk for VTE compared with transdermal formulations.

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