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Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis

Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis

People who use cocaine regularly are at high risk of coronary artery disease. A study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, reports that stopping or reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse the process of coronary atherosclerosis. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
AAN issues new guideline on mapping the brain before epilepsy surgery

AAN issues new guideline on mapping the brain before epilepsy surgery

Before epilepsy surgery, doctors may consider using brain imaging to locate language and memory functions in the brain instead of the more invasive procedure that is commonly used, according to a guideline published by the American Academy of Neurology in the January 11, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Experts suggest new five-stage system of classifying patients at risk for heart attack

Experts suggest new five-stage system of classifying patients at risk for heart attack

Experts at Johns Hopkins and New York's Mount Sinai Health System have published a suggested new plan for a five-stage system of classifying the risk of heart attack in those with heart disease, one they say puts much-needed and long-absent focus on the risks faced by millions of Americans who pass so-called stress tests or have less obvious or earlier-stage danger signs. [More]
Novel computer-aided image analysis techniques can provide detailed visualisation of blood vessels

Novel computer-aided image analysis techniques can provide detailed visualisation of blood vessels

Narrowed and blocked arteries can now be diagnosed faster and more accurately with the help of special computer-aided image analysis techniques. [More]
Researchers to develop innovative hybrid technology for quicker diagnosis, treatment of strokes

Researchers to develop innovative hybrid technology for quicker diagnosis, treatment of strokes

FAU has demonstrated its strength in research once again: the University is conducting a new research project together with Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and other European partners in which researchers will develop an innovative hybrid device that combines different medical imaging technologies and will help stroke patients in particular to receive quicker diagnosis and treatment. [More]
Innovation in stroke aftercare across Europe: an interview with Professor Urs Fischer

Innovation in stroke aftercare across Europe: an interview with Professor Urs Fischer

Stroke is the epidemic disease of the twenty-first century and the second most frequent cause of death in 2011, accounting for 11% of all deaths worldwide. Stroke is also the second most important cause of permanent disability and... [More]
OCT offers safe and better guidance for patients undergoing PCI to treat coronary artery disease

OCT offers safe and better guidance for patients undergoing PCI to treat coronary artery disease

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides safe and improved guidance for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention to treat coronary artery disease, according to results from the ILLUMIEN III: OPTIMIZE PCI trial. [More]
Mount Sinai researchers use OCT angiography to identify early stages of glaucoma

Mount Sinai researchers use OCT angiography to identify early stages of glaucoma

In a first of its kind study, Mount Sinai researchers are using optimal coherence tomography (OCT) angiography to look at the earliest stages of glaucoma and identify characteristic patterns of different forms of glaucoma based on their vascular patterns. [More]
CTA tests motivate people with suspected coronary artery disease to adopt healthier lifestyle practices

CTA tests motivate people with suspected coronary artery disease to adopt healthier lifestyle practices

UCLA researchers have found that undergoing a computer tomographic angiography was a better motivator to get people with suspected coronary artery disease to adopt healthier lifestyle practices than an exercise electrocardiography and stress test. [More]
NCDR provides data to study appropriate use of oral anticoagulant therapy

NCDR provides data to study appropriate use of oral anticoagulant therapy

The American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry was the source of data for research published throughout 2016, including a study examining if atrial fibrillation patients are being prescribed oral anticoagulants, how appropriate use criteria correlates to angioplasty rates and the variation among racial groups for revascularization procedures. [More]
Non-contrast MRA can be viable diagnostic alternative for patients with chronic kidney disease

Non-contrast MRA can be viable diagnostic alternative for patients with chronic kidney disease

Patients with diabetes or renal failure are at high risk for deadly and debilitating vascular diseases, however, the most common imaging tool to evaluate the blood vessels uses a contrast agent that can further damage the kidneys. [More]
Imaging agent linked to risk of AKI may be less hazardous than previously thought

Imaging agent linked to risk of AKI may be less hazardous than previously thought

A new analysis indicates that radiocontrast, which is commonly used during selected imaging tests may be less hazardous than previously thought. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, suggest that imaging studies that might help save or improve lives are being unnecessarily withheld from patients owing to exaggerated fears. [More]
U-M cardiologists reveal impact from shortage of radioactive elements used in cardiac stress testing

U-M cardiologists reveal impact from shortage of radioactive elements used in cardiac stress testing

Nearly 15 million times a year, Americans with heart trouble climb onto a treadmill to take a stress test that can reveal blockages in their heart's blood vessels. It's a major factor in deciding what doctors should do next for them. [More]
Simple diagnostic algorithm to assess pulmonary embolism risk can help reduce rate of CTPA imaging

Simple diagnostic algorithm to assess pulmonary embolism risk can help reduce rate of CTPA imaging

Patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) often undergo computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) to confirm or exclude the diagnosis. [More]
New study suggests major change in treatment of significant number of ACS patients

New study suggests major change in treatment of significant number of ACS patients

More than one quarter of heart attack patients who are normally treated with stents to re-open their blocked arteries might be able to forgo this procedure and receive anti-thrombotic medications only, according to results of a pilot study. [More]
BBK II trial compares two commonly used stenting techniques for coronary bifurcation

BBK II trial compares two commonly used stenting techniques for coronary bifurcation

Coronary bifurcations - a type of coronary artery narrowing - are best treated with a technique known as culotte stenting, as opposed to T-and-protrusion (TAP) stenting, when there is need for a side-branch stent according to results of the BBK II (Bifurcations Bad Krozingen) trial. [More]
CE-MARC 2 trial finds way to reduce rates of unnecessary invasive angiography

CE-MARC 2 trial finds way to reduce rates of unnecessary invasive angiography

Initial investigation of patients with suspected coronary heart disease (CHD) using functional imaging - rather than guideline-directed care - resulted in significantly less unnecessary angiography, according to results of the CE-MARC 2 trial. [More]
Lipoprotein apheresis may have new role in patients with refractory angina

Lipoprotein apheresis may have new role in patients with refractory angina

Initial investigation of patients with suspected coronary heart disease (CHD) using functional imaging - rather than guideline-directed care - resulted in significantly less unnecessary angiography, according to results of the CE-MARC 2 trial. [More]
PACIFIC study may offer guidance to choose from number of non-invasive coronary artery imaging

PACIFIC study may offer guidance to choose from number of non-invasive coronary artery imaging

For patients presenting for the first time with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) clinicians have had a number of non-invasive diagnostic tests to choose from, but little evidence for which is best. [More]
Invasive imaging technique can help achieve better outcomes in patients undergoing PCI

Invasive imaging technique can help achieve better outcomes in patients undergoing PCI

An invasive imaging technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT) can visualize the coronary arteries in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and lead to better outcomes compared to standard angiography-guided PCI, according to new findings reported here. [More]
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