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Cardiology is the branch of internal medicine dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The field is commonly divided in the branches of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
Study urges caution when using BP-lowering treatment in patients with coronary artery disease

Study urges caution when using BP-lowering treatment in patients with coronary artery disease

Caution has been urged in the use of blood pressure lowering treatment for heart disease patients after a study in more than 22 000 patients with coronary artery disease found that too low blood pressure was associated with worse outcomes. The analysis from the CLARIFY registry is presented today at ESC Congress and published in The Lancet. [More]
Drug-eluting stents more beneficial to patients undergoing saphenous vein graft angioplasty

Drug-eluting stents more beneficial to patients undergoing saphenous vein graft angioplasty

Drug-eluting stents had a clear advantage over bare metal stents in patients undergoing revascularisation of saphenous (leg) vein grafts, results of the BASKET-SAVAGE trial show. [More]
New generation drug eluting stents show lower efficacy than contemporary BMS, study shows

New generation drug eluting stents show lower efficacy than contemporary BMS, study shows

New generation drug eluting stents (new DES) did not outshine contemporary bare metal stents (BMS) as they were expected to, in a surprise finding of the largest randomized stent trial to date. [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]
Novel antidote effective in quickly reversing acute anticoagulant-related bleeding

Novel antidote effective in quickly reversing acute anticoagulant-related bleeding

A specially designed antidote to reverse acute, potentially life-threatening anticoagulant-related bleeding worked quickly, and was well-tolerated according to interim results of the ongoing ANNEXA-4 study. [More]
OPTICARE study shows year-long CR program makes heart patients happier, healthier and active

OPTICARE study shows year-long CR program makes heart patients happier, healthier and active

Enhanced cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs that include a year of group or personal lifestyle and fitness coaching did not improve cardiovascular risk scores more than a standard 3-month program in patients recovering from a heart attack. [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]
Nebivolol treatment may protect against antracycline-induced cardiotoxicity in breast cancer patients

Nebivolol treatment may protect against antracycline-induced cardiotoxicity in breast cancer patients

Nebivolol prevents anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today by Professor Mirela Cleopatra Tomescu, a cardiologist at Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania. [More]
CPAP treatment offers no cardiovascular benefit in OSA patients with heart disease risk

CPAP treatment offers no cardiovascular benefit in OSA patients with heart disease risk

More than 3 years of nightly treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine did not reduce cardiovascular risk more than usual care among patients with cardiovascular disease and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). [More]
ESC-ACCA launches first European standards for management of heart attack patients

ESC-ACCA launches first European standards for management of heart attack patients

The first European standards for the management of heart attack patients are launched today by the European Society of Cardiology-Acute Cardiac Care Association. [More]
Platelet function testing in elderly patients after heart attack shows no improved outcomes

Platelet function testing in elderly patients after heart attack shows no improved outcomes

Monitoring platelet function in order to individualize antiplatelet therapy did not improve outcomes for elderly patients after a heart attack compared to a standard, unmonitored approach, results of the ANTARCTIC trial show. [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]
Active strategy of detecting and treating asymptomatic MSAD results in no clinical benefit

Active strategy of detecting and treating asymptomatic MSAD results in no clinical benefit

In patients with high-risk coronary artery disease (CAD), an active strategy of detecting and treating asymptomatic multisite artery disease (MSAD) combined with intensive medical therapy did not improve 2-year outcomes compared to a more traditional approach of managing only symptomatic coronary and extracoronary lesions, new research shows. [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]
PCSK9 inhibitor can reduce need for apheresis treatment in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

PCSK9 inhibitor can reduce need for apheresis treatment in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

Patients who have heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), a condition that causes abnormally raised low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and premature cardiovascular disease, can significantly reduce or even eliminate their need for expensive and time-consuming apheresis treatments with the PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab. [More]
Each NHS hospital admission linked to 2% increased risk of death for heart failure patients

Each NHS hospital admission linked to 2% increased risk of death for heart failure patients

Heart failure patients have a 2% increased risk of dying with each admission to NHS hospitals, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. [More]
Research shows AEDs fail to save lives without basic life support education

Research shows AEDs fail to save lives without basic life support education

Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) fail to save lives when the public does not have basic life support education, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2016. [More]
Mediterranean Diet linked to mortality risk reduction in patients with cardiovascular disease

Mediterranean Diet linked to mortality risk reduction in patients with cardiovascular disease

The Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of death in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease, according to results from the observational Moli-sani study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. [More]
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