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Jan 09

The FDA has approved the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon

The FDA has approved the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon for peripheral arterial disease in the superficial femoral artery and popliteal artery.

Nov 12

Age should not be a barrier to aortic valve replacement (AVR)

Age should not be a barrier to aortic valve replacement (AVR), suggest researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Researchers state that AVR can be done safely in select patients aged 90 and older, leading to increased quality of life. The report is published in the November issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Nov 12

Based on data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR)

Based on data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Cath-PCI Registry, a screening tool has been developed that calculates a patient’s bleeding risk during PCI, based on nine clinical variables. When high-risk patients are identified before the procedures, strategies to avoid bleeding can be put in place to use afterward. The report is published …

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Nov 01

Two newly identified genetic variants that influence the LDL-cholesterol response to statin therapy have been identified in a large analysis

Two newly identified genetic variants that influence the LDL-cholesterol response to statin therapy have been identified in a large analysis. Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at SORT1/CELSR2/PSRC1 appear to be associated with an enhanced LDL-cholesterol–lowering response with statin therapy, while a SNP at SLCO1B1 was associated with a smaller LDL-cholesterol reduction in response to statin …

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Nov 01

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted in favor of a novel anticoagulant for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted in favor of a novel anticoagulant for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted 9 to 1 in favor of approving edoxaban, a factor Xa inhibitor, for the prevention of stroke and non–central-nervous-system (CNS) systemic embolism …

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Oct 30

A new study supports increased platelet activation as a mechanistic link between community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)

A new study supports increased platelet activation as a mechanistic link between community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and MI but raises some doubt on whether aspirin alone would be an effective measure for lowering the MI risk. The study is published in the November 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Oct 30

A population-based study among Ontario patients with chronic CAD found differences in use of laboratory testing and apparent access to physicians in rural vs. urban dwellers

A population-based study among Ontario patients with chronic CAD found differences in use of laboratory testing and apparent access to physicians in rural vs. urban dwellers, yet these did not affect rates of hospitalization or 1-year survival. The study is published online October 28 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Oct 29

Individuals with a genetic predisposition to high levels of LDL cholesterol are at risk for aortic-valve calcification and aortic stenosis

Individuals with a genetic predisposition to high levels of LDL cholesterol are at risk for aortic-valve calcification and aortic stenosis, revealed a new study presented recently at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and published concurrently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Oct 29

Patients with psoriasis have increased odds of suffering from uncontrolled hypertension, with higher risks seen among patients with moderate to severe psoriasis affecting more than 3% of the surface of their bodies

Patients with psoriasis have increased odds of suffering from uncontrolled hypertension, with higher risks seen among patients with moderate to severe psoriasis affecting more than 3% of the surface of their bodies, suggests a population-based, cross-sectional study published online in JAMA Dermatology.

Oct 04

Lower quality of life, and more depressive symptoms at 12 months than those who felt more support (all P<0.01).

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, of Yale, and colleagues report in the Journal of the American Heart Association that people who survived a myocardial infarction by age 55 and reported low perceived social support had lower adjusted mean mental functioning scores, lower quality of life, and more depressive symptoms at 12 months than those who felt …

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