Coronary Intervention & Surgery

The Cleveland Clinic was named the top hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by the U.S. News & World Report—a distinction it has held since 1995.
Shorter reperfusion times for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are associated with fewer cases of in-hospital heart failure and fewer readmissions for heart failure over the next 30 days, according to an observational study from Singapore published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) were equally safe in deferring patients from coronary revascularization, according to a pooled analysis of two randomized trials published Aug. 6 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who undergo coronary revascularization experience fewer adverse events in the short term with PCI compared to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) but similar three-year risks of death, stroke or heart attack.
Andrew Wolf, MD, a 63-year-old cardiologist, swam the English Channel to raise £20,000, or roughly $26,000, in funds for a 3D bioprinter to be used at the Bristol Children’s Hospital in the U.K.
A new North American consensus statement published July 30 in Circulation recommends a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) and the P2Y12 inhibitor clopidogrel for most patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing PCI.
The salaries of cardiothoracic surgeons are increasing faster than any other specialty, according to the American Medical Group Association’s 2018 Compensation and Productivity Survey. Cardiothoracic surgeons pulled in a median of $734,299 over the past year, up from $690,000 the previous year and a 23.1 percent increase from 2015.
Patients who undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) have shorter operations, fewer complications and better survival rates if they have surgeons who are subspecialized in CABG, researchers report in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Abbott announced it will conduct a pivotal clinical study in the U.S. of its Tendyne Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) system, for the treatment of mitral regurgitation (MR).
Stroke rates are higher in the first 30 days after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) than percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) but are similar thereafter, according to a pooled analysis of 11 randomized trials published July 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
While frailty is generally viewed as a consideration for the elderly, new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests it is deadlier in younger patients after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients who discharge against medical advice (DAMA) are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital, according to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
“Tele-stenting” appears more possible now than ever, as Vascular Robotics announced an interventional cardiologist used its CorPath GRX System to perform a remote percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a pig 100 miles away.
Women and black patients have higher coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) mortality rates than men and white patients, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Quantitative flow ratio (QFR) allows for the functional assessment of stenosis on par with fractional flow reserve (FFR) but doesn’t require a guidewire, an international group of researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Patients were about 40 percent less likely to survive the most severe heart attacks in the six coldest months of the year, according to research presented in June at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference.
Acute Coronary Syndrome, Coronary Intervention & Surgery, Conferences
New ultra-thin drug-eluting stents (DES) are associated with a 16 percent reduction in target lesion failure (TLF) at one year compared to thicker-strut, second-generation DES, according to a meta-analysis published June 26 in Circulation.
Coronary Intervention & Surgery
Jun 27, 2018 | Imaging
UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will now cover the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, a noninvasive technology that allows clinicians to view a simulated, three-dimensional model of a patient’s coronary blood flow.
Imaging, Coronary Intervention & Surgery, Acute Coronary Syndrome
A triple therapy approach of warfarin, clopidogrel and aspirin substantially reduces the risk of ischemic stroke and stent thrombosis compared to dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), according to a meta-analysis of patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) undergoing coronary stenting. However, the three-medication strategy is associated with a higher bleeding risk.
Coronary Intervention & Surgery, Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia
Jun 26, 2018 | Practice Management
Extended reality technologies can be used to educate patients, their families and medical students about cardiac anatomy, facilitate pre-procedural planning and intraprocedural visualization, and serve as a rehabilitation tool for stroke survivors, according to a review published in JACC: Basic to Translational Science.
Practice Management, Coronary Intervention & Surgery
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR) significantly reduced the incidence of death or myocardial infarction when compared to angiography-guided CABG, according to an observational study with an average follow-up of seven years.
Coronary Intervention & Surgery, Imaging