Daily Archive: November 29, 2011

Nov 29

Radial PCI feasible

Intervention through radial route has high success rate with very minimal that too minor complication. (Asymptomatic radial artery occlusion (3.2%), pain in the arm persistent for 4 weeks (0.4%), blackish discoloration of fore arm (2.4%), pseudo aneurysm (0.1%) and spasm (0.2%). A study by Dr P. V. Raghvava Sarma and Dr R. Murali Babu Rao …

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Nov 29

Medsacpe Top Ten Practice Changing News in Cardiology in the Year 2011

1. The results of the EMPHASIS-HF trial: showed that aldosterone antagonist eplerenone produced large reductions in both the risk for death and the risk for hospitalization compared with placebo in patients with systolic heart failure and mild symptoms. 2. New Data Show COURAGE Findings Are Not Being Implemented: In 2007, the landmark COURAGE study found …

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Nov 29

EuroPCR 2011

  RECLOSE 2-ACS: Poor clopidogrel responders with ACS face twofold risk of cardiac death  DISCOVER FLOW: Adding function to CTA with “noninvasive FFR” ups accuracy, may cut procedures  Renal denervation: can be the future  BASE-ACS: Could a bare-metal stent be “noninferior” to a leading DES?  DES meta-analysis: Less stent thrombosis with biodegradable vs permanent polymers …

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Nov 29

Cellular Phone Safe in the Shirt Pocket

Dr Devasia Tom and group from Kasturba Hospital, Manipal studied 100 healthy volunteers with normal baseline echocardiogram with a supine 12 lead ECG under three different conditions using the same mobile phone: no cellular phone (baseline), cellular phone in patient’s shirt pocket, but not ringing and a ringing cellular phone in patient’s shirt pocket. Heart …

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Nov 29

Cutaneous Manifestations of CAD

Identification of some cutaneous lesions can help diagnosing early CAD. In a study by Dr S Dwivedi and Dr A Aggarwal from UCMS Delhi in 435 CAD patients presenting with ACS 126 (28.9 %) had distinct cutaneous lesions. Patients of known diabetes mellitus with its attendant complications like diabetic foot, thyroid diseases, autoimmune disorders and …

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Nov 29

Facts and Figures in Cardiology

Advanced coronary blockage is seen in 2 percent of men aged 15 to 19.