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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]
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]
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]
Minimally invasive surgery helps elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis live longer

Minimally invasive surgery helps elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis live longer

Elderly patients once considered too frail or too sick for aortic valve replacement surgery are living longer, with better quality of life, following a minimally invasive surgery, compared to patients who did not undergo surgery, according a study published in The Lancet today. [More]
Loyola gets AHA grant for cardiac research

Loyola gets AHA grant for cardiac research

The American Heart Association awarded Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine $735,516 in 2014 in new and continuing grants for cardiac research. [More]
Duke researchers find major shift in treatments for peripheral artery disease

Duke researchers find major shift in treatments for peripheral artery disease

Federal efforts to curb Medicare costs for unclogging blood vessels in the limbs slowed the growing use of the treatments, but also coincided with a marked increase in doctors using a more expensive approach, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
Young women veterans referred for cardiac tests more likely to be depressed than men veterans

Young women veterans referred for cardiac tests more likely to be depressed than men veterans

Women veterans who had specialized heart tests were younger and more likely to be obese, depressed and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than men veterans, according to a study published in an American Heart Association journal. [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]
Jersey Coast Vascular Institute, Meridian Health partner to accept a wide range of insurances

Jersey Coast Vascular Institute, Meridian Health partner to accept a wide range of insurances

Improving access to care is an important focus at Meridian Health, and a new partnership with Jersey Coast Vascular Institute is making high quality vascular services more readily available for local residents. [More]
St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the second consecutive year St. Mary's has received this award, which recognizes St. Mary's as among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. [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]
Signostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner

Signostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner

Medical device company, Signostics, announced today it has clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch the SignosRT Bladder, the company’s new hand-held bladder scanner. [More]
Bayshore Community Hospital releases new Multi-specialty Interventional Suite

Bayshore Community Hospital releases new Multi-specialty Interventional Suite

Bayshore Community Hospital recently unveiled its new Multi-specialty Interventional Suite, outfitted with advanced technology capable of performing complex minimally invasive cardiovascular, endovascular, and interventional radiology procedures. [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]
Study: Coordinated emergency response could help improve patient survival from heart attack

Study: Coordinated emergency response could help improve patient survival from heart attack

A faster, coordinated emergency response in collaboration with hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories in each U.S. region, including New York City, is associated with improving patient survival from a heart attack caused by a sudden, completely blocked artery called an ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014. [More]
St. Mary's Medical Center adds Mazor Renaissance robot-assisted system to Spine Center

St. Mary's Medical Center adds Mazor Renaissance robot-assisted system to Spine Center

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has added the Mazor Robotics Renaissance computer-generated guidance system to its multidisciplinary Spine Center. St. Mary's is the only hospital in the Bay Area to exclusively offer this state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery. [More]
Study shows blood pressure medication is not linked to breast cancer

Study shows blood pressure medication is not linked to breast cancer

Women who take a common type of medication to control their blood pressure are not at increased risk of developing breast cancer due to the drug, according to new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah. [More]
CHOP presents new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at AHA Scientific Sessions

CHOP presents new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at AHA Scientific Sessions

Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago. [More]
FDA accepts Amgen's evolocumab BLA for review

FDA accepts Amgen's evolocumab BLA for review

Amgen today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review Amgen's Biologics License Application (BLA) for evolocumab for the treatment of high cholesterol. [More]
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