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Cardiome Pharma receives reimbursement status for BRINAVESS in Belgium

Cardiome Pharma receives reimbursement status for BRINAVESS in Belgium

Cardiome Pharma Corp. today announced the approval of BRINAVESS for reimbursement by Belgium's national compulsory health care and benefits insurance authority, The National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (Institut National d'Assurance Maladie Invalidité or INAMI). As a result of this decision, BRINAVESS is expected to be listed for reimbursement in Belgium as of June 1, 2015. [More]
Anticoagulant drug bivalirudin shows mixed results in MATRIX trial

Anticoagulant drug bivalirudin shows mixed results in MATRIX trial

Patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing angioplasty who received the anticoagulant drug bivalirudin did not show significant improvements in either of two co-primary endpoints--a composite of rate of death, heart attack or stroke at 30 days, or a composite of those events plus major bleeding--as compared to patients receiving standard anticoagulation therapy, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Using arm as access point for catheter-based heart procedures lowers risk of major bleeding, death

Using arm as access point for catheter-based heart procedures lowers risk of major bleeding, death

Patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing coronary angiogram, a procedure used to assess blockages in the heart's arteries, had a significantly lower risk of major bleeding and death if their interventional cardiologist accessed the heart through an artery in the arm rather than the groin, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Cardiac catheterization performed through wrist can reduce bleeding, lower mortality

Cardiac catheterization performed through wrist can reduce bleeding, lower mortality

The groin is the usual access point for investigating or treating the heart with a catheter, but using the wrist as access point reduces bleeding and lowers mortality. These findings are from an international study with major involvement from the University of Bern published today in the Lancet. [More]
New risk-evaluation protocol can help emergency departments evaluate chest-pain patients

New risk-evaluation protocol can help emergency departments evaluate chest-pain patients

A recently developed risk-evaluation protocol can help hospital emergency department personnel more efficiently determine which patients with acute chest pain can be sent home safely, according to a randomized trial conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. [More]
Cardiome Pharma records net loss of $18.2 million for 2014

Cardiome Pharma records net loss of $18.2 million for 2014

Cardiome Pharma Corp. today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in U.S. dollars and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles used in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP). [More]
Survey: Physicians, patients overestimate risk of heart attack or death for possible ACS

Survey: Physicians, patients overestimate risk of heart attack or death for possible ACS

Both physicians and patients overestimate the risk of heart attack or death for possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) as well as the potential benefit of hospital admission for possible ACS. [More]
LifePoint Hospitals partners with SCPC to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation

LifePoint Hospitals partners with SCPC to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation

LifePoint Hospitals, a leading company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home, and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care have partnered to support LifePoint facilities in attaining Chest Pain Center Accreditation. The effort, which SCPC reports is its first system-wide collaboration of such size, demonstrates LifePoint's commitment to excellence in quality, patient safety and overall patient care. [More]
Adding ezetimibe to statin therapy reduces cardiovascular events

Adding ezetimibe to statin therapy reduces cardiovascular events

More than a decade ago, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital demonstrated that a high dose statin, which lowered cholesterol further than a regular dose statin, provided better clinical outcomes. But questions remained about whether further reducing cholesterol would be even more effective in reducing cardiovascular-related events. [More]
Using cardiac biomarkers to identify NSTEMI and ACS patients: an interview with Peter Mason

Using cardiac biomarkers to identify NSTEMI and ACS patients: an interview with Peter Mason

ACS is currently identified through the use of ECGs pre-hospital and the confirmed via a Troponin biomarker test once in the acute setting. [More]
Studies evaluate traditional management of heart attack patients after discharge from hospital

Studies evaluate traditional management of heart attack patients after discharge from hospital

Beta-blockers have been a cornerstone in the treatment of heart attack survivors for more than a quarter of a century. However, many of the data predate contemporary medical therapy such as reperfusion, statins, and antiplatelet agents, and recent data have called the role of beta-blockers into question. [More]

Cardiome Pharma announces results from Phase 3 clinical study of BRINAVESS

Cardiome Pharma Corp. today announced results from a Phase 3 clinical study conducted with BRINAVESS (vernakalant intravenous, RSD 1235) in the Asia-Pacific (A-P) region. [More]
First-ever evidence-based guidelines released for prevention of acute COPD exacerbations

First-ever evidence-based guidelines released for prevention of acute COPD exacerbations

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) announced today the release of Prevention of Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline in the journal CHEST. [More]
Darapladib drug fails to reduce risk of recurrent major coronary events

Darapladib drug fails to reduce risk of recurrent major coronary events

In patients who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event (such as heart attack or unstable angina), use of the drug darapladib to inhibit the enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (believed to play a role in the development of atherosclerosis) did not reduce the risk of recurrent major coronary events, according to a study published by JAMA. [More]
Study: Resistant hypertension increases risk of stroke in female and elderly patients

Study: Resistant hypertension increases risk of stroke in female and elderly patients

Resistant hypertension increases the risk of stroke by 35% in women and 20% in elderly Taiwanese patients, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Kuo-Yang Wang from Taiwan. [More]
Janssen, Bayer announce expansion of EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for XARELTO

Janssen, Bayer announce expansion of EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for XARELTO

Janssen Research & Development, LLC and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, announced today the expansion of the EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for XARELTO (rivaroxaban) to include additional high-risk patient populations. [More]
Cardiome Pharma reports record revenues in second quarter 2014

Cardiome Pharma reports record revenues in second quarter 2014

Cardiome Pharma Corp. today reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014. [More]
EMA CHMP issues positive opinion for label updates to Takeda's Vipidia, Vipdomet and Incresync

EMA CHMP issues positive opinion for label updates to Takeda's Vipidia, Vipdomet and Incresync

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has issued positive opinions for updates to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for Vipidia (alogliptin) and the fixed-dose combination (FDC) therapies Vipdomet (alogliptin and metformin) and Incresync (alogliptin and pioglitazone). [More]
New study explores relationship between personality and heart attacks

New study explores relationship between personality and heart attacks

A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has addressed the relationship between personality and heart attacks. [More]
Findings shed light on possible role of affective temperaments in cardiovascular morbidity

Findings shed light on possible role of affective temperaments in cardiovascular morbidity

Temperament has been traditionally associated with high blood pressure. A new study that has appeared in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has substantiated this issue. [More]
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