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Research suggests genetic predisposition to spontaneous coronary artery disease

Research suggests genetic predisposition to spontaneous coronary artery disease

A Mayo Clinic study has identified a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a type of heart attack that most commonly affects younger women, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition, researchers say. [More]
Study finds no statistical difference between CTA and functional stress tests

Study finds no statistical difference between CTA and functional stress tests

A new type of CT scan initially costs slightly less than the traditional stress test to diagnose blocked coronary arteries in patients with chest pain, but its lower cost did not translate into medical care savings over time, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
Simple screening test can predict increased risk of heart disease in diabetic patients

Simple screening test can predict increased risk of heart disease in diabetic patients

A simple and inexpensive screening test can show which diabetic patients face an increased risk of heart disease, which can help them get the care they need, faster — and proactively reduce their risk of heart disease, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. [More]
Study compares effectiveness of CT scan and traditional stress test in patients with chest pain

Study compares effectiveness of CT scan and traditional stress test in patients with chest pain

Patients with chest pain have similar rates of heart attacks and other major cardiac events within two years whether they were evaluated with a new type of CT scan or the traditional stress test, according to results presented today by Duke Medicine researchers at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with CABG than with PCI

Patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with CABG than with PCI

Despite the advent of a new generation of stents, patients with multiple narrowed arteries in the heart who received coronary artery bypass grafting fared better than those whose arteries were opened with balloon angioplasty and stents in a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
CT coronary angiography can accurately diagnose coronary artery disease

CT coronary angiography can accurately diagnose coronary artery disease

Use of computed tomography coronary angiography, which provides 3-D images of the heart, coupled with standard care allows doctors to more accurately diagnose coronary artery disease in patients presenting with chest pain, therefore, leading to more appropriate follow-up testing and treatments, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Combining CT measurements assists pulmonary hypertension prediction

Combining CT measurements assists pulmonary hypertension prediction

Research suggests that combining pulmonary artery and ventricular measurements improves the chances of identifying pulmonary hypertension in patients undergoing computed tomography pulmonary angiography. [More]
New algorithm can gauge long-term death risk based on treadmill exercise performance

New algorithm can gauge long-term death risk based on treadmill exercise performance

Analyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, Johns Hopkins cardiologists report they have developed a formula that estimates one's risk of dying over a decade based on a person's ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline. [More]
Eight clinical researchers selected as finalists for Outstanding Investigator Award at Cardiology 2015

Eight clinical researchers selected as finalists for Outstanding Investigator Award at Cardiology 2015

Pediatric cardiology researchers and clinicians from numerous centers from around the world are gathering at the Cardiology 2015: the 18th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease conference, sponsored by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Phoenix Children's Hospital on Feb. 11 to Feb. 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. [More]
Radionuclide angiography-assessed RVEF predicts PAH outcomes

Radionuclide angiography-assessed RVEF predicts PAH outcomes

Baseline right ventricular ejection fraction as evaluated by conventional planar equilibrium radionuclide angiography is significantly associated with outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, research suggests. [More]
Surgical procedure for acute pulmonary embolism may actually prevent more deaths

Surgical procedure for acute pulmonary embolism may actually prevent more deaths

A surgical procedure that was virtually abandoned in the 1950s because of its high mortality rates in trying to save patients with acute pulmonary embolism may actually prevent more deaths in severely ill patients than current drug therapies alone, according to a new analysis of cases conducted in the North Shore-LIJ Health System over the past decade. [More]
UH Case Medical Center offers new test for coronary artery disease

UH Case Medical Center offers new test for coronary artery disease

Medical tests are stressful. Invasive tests, stress tests and unnecessary surgeries are too, not to mention the costs associated with all of them, but the alternative of undiagnosed heart problems are not. They can be fatal. [More]
CT measures can refine PAH prognosis

CT measures can refine PAH prognosis

Structural features identifiable on computed tomography pulmonary angiography can provide prognostic information for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, say UK researchers. [More]
Intra-arterial stroke treatment more effective than medical management with tPA, study finds

Intra-arterial stroke treatment more effective than medical management with tPA, study finds

Penumbra, Inc., the market leader in intra-arterial stroke treatment, announced that an independent study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine found that intra-arterial stroke treatment, including the company's clot extraction technology, was shown to be significantly more effective than medical management with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is the current standard of care. [More]
Real-time radiation-exposure feedback can help medical workers adopt safer radiation practices

Real-time radiation-exposure feedback can help medical workers adopt safer radiation practices

It's a sound that saves. A "real-time" radiation monitor that alerts by beeping in response to radiation exposure during cardiac-catheterization procedures significantly reduces the amount of exposure that medical workers receive, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers found. [More]
OCT enhances neovascular subtype detection in AMD

OCT enhances neovascular subtype detection in AMD

Researchers recommend the inclusion of optical coherence tomography anatomic classification with fluorescein angiography grading to identify initial neovascular lesion subtypes in newly diagnosed age-related macular degeneration. [More]
Diabetic patients with mild coronary artery disease face increased risk for heart attack

Diabetic patients with mild coronary artery disease face increased risk for heart attack

According to a new long-term study, diabetic patients with even mild coronary artery disease face the same relative risk for a heart attack or other major adverse heart events as diabetics with serious single-vessel obstructive disease. [More]
A new formal protocol for emergency treatment of patients with aneurysmal SAH

A new formal protocol for emergency treatment of patients with aneurysmal SAH

Neurosurgeons and neurointerventionalists at Kyungpook National University in the Republic of Korea have developed a formal protocol for delivering emergency treatment to patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) from ruptured aneurysms within the first few hours after bleeding occurs. [More]

FFR guided drug-eluting stenting reduces death compared to medical therapy in stable CAD patients

Fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided drug-eluting stenting reduces death, myocardial infarction or urgent revascularisation, as compared to medical therapy in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), according to the results of the FAME 2 trial presented for the first time today at ESC Congress by principal investigator Dr Bernard De Bruyne (Belgium). [More]
Measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help avoid surgery

Measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help avoid surgery

A method for measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help more than one fifth of them avoid stents or surgery, according to a British study presented at the ESC Congress 2014 today. [More]
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