Cardiology

Albuminuria predicts cardiovascular outcome after PCI

(HealthDay)—An elevated urinary albumin excretion rate can predict adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention, according to a study published in the March 1 issue ...

Cardiology

The art of appropriate patient selection for heart procedures

A decline in the number of heart patients undergoing unnecessary PCI (angioplasty) procedures reflects improvements in clinical decision-making and documentation to determine which patients benefit most from the procedure, ...

Cardiology

Predicting risk for deadly cardiac events

A marker commonly used to determine if a patient is having a heart attack can also be used to identify stable patients at high risk for deadly cardiac events, according to a new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's ...

Cardiology

Public outcomes reporting tied to lower PCI rates for acute MI

(HealthDay)—Public reporting of outcomes may be tied to lower rates of percutaneous revascularization and higher in-hospital mortality among acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients in reporting states, compared to nonreporting ...

Cardiology

Invasive strategy improves outcome in elderly with ACS

(HealthDay)—An invasive strategy using coronary angiography results in a better outcome in elderly patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to research published in the March 1 issue ...

Cardiology

Cardiac risk up with noncardiac surgery six months post-stent

(HealthDay)—Among post-stent patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, the incremental risk of adverse cardiac events is highest in the first six months following stent implantation, according to a study published in the ...

Cardiology

Major bleeds found to be rare for patients with stable CAD

(HealthDay)—Major bleeding events are rare in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD); however, concomitant antiplatelet therapy (APT) when oral anticoagulation is required increases bleeding risk—an independent ...

Cardiology

ACC withdraws one 'Choosing Wisely' recommendation

(HealthDay)—Researchers have withdrawn one of the previous Choosing Wisely recommendations from April 2012, according to a report from the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

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