Acute Coronary Syndrome

The 71-year-old Framingham Heart Study has received $38 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund a new six-year study into the biology of aging.

More than 80% of stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are treated in the intensive care unit despite only 16% of them experiencing complications that require an ICU stay, according to a U.S. registry analysis published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

When couples attended smoking cessation programs together, their odds of quitting were nearly six times higher than for people who attempted to kick the habit alone, according to preliminary research presented April 12 at EuroPrevent 2019.

A team-based protocol for treating cardiogenic shock helped one center boost its 30-day survival rates for those patients by nearly 20 percentage points over a two-year period, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The FDA has granted a breakthrough therapy designation to a novel reversal agent for ticagrelor called PB2452, PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals announced April 8.

Nursing home residents who were prescribed three or four preventive medications after myocardial infarction (MI) were 26% less likely to die within 90 days than those prescribed only one drug, researchers reported April 9 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

The actual cost of a heart attack or stroke to society is about double the direct medical costs when lost productivity for patients and caregivers is considered, according to a study published April 6 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Heart attack patients aged 65 and up stay hospitalized longer than those aged 65 or under—yet the seniors ring up significantly smaller bills per stay. The bad news is that the “savings” likely come in the form of fewer percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs, aka angioplasties) to open blocked heart arteries nonsurgically.

Rare protein-truncating variants in the apolipoprotein B (APOB) gene are linked to lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels and also appear to be protective against coronary heart disease (CHD), according to a study published in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine.

Once the artery has been opened with PCI, the treatment involves mixing a patient’s own blood with oxygenated saline and then infusing that superoxygenated mixture to the targeted ischemic area for 60 minutes.

The promise of artificial intelligence to revolutionize healthcare is the topic of increasing research, with new publications every day devoted to the topic. One of these applications, according to an April 1 article in The Wall Street Journal, is using AI to listen to a person’s voice and detect a range of mental and physical ailments, including coronary artery disease (CAD).

A woman who was on the hook for nearly $227,000 in medical bills after suffering a heart attack and other complications had her balance wiped out by a medical charity waiver, Kaiser Health News reported. But that didn’t save Debbie Moehnke and her husband, Larry, the stress of mounting medical bills and calls from debt collectors, and the story highlights how inconsistent billing practices could impact other patients.