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Safety and Efficacy of Peri-Procedural Heparin Plus Short Term Infusion of Tirofiban Versus Bivalirudin in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Results From The Intermountain Heart Collaborative Study

“Conclusion: During PCI, when comparing the efficacy of S- tirofiban versus bivalirudin, no significant differences for 30 day TIMI major bleeding or 1 year death, MI or UTVR were identified. Although trends towards reductions in both TIMI major bleeding and death were observed with the use of S-tirofiban, due to the generally low incidence of any adverse events, no statistical significance was reached.”

Standardization of Fractional Flow Reserve Measurements CME

“Pressure wire–based fractional flow reserve is considered the standard of reference for evaluation of the ischemic potential of coronary stenoses and the expected benefit from revascularization. Accordingly, its application in daily practice or for research purposes has to be as standardized as possible to avoid technical or operator-related artifacts in pressure recordings.”

CMS has higher penalties for readmissions than for deaths

“If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) weighted 30-day readmissions and mortality equally, financial penalties in 2014 for U.S. hospitals would have substantially changed, according to an analysis of publicly available hospital data.”

Does Optical Coherence Tomography Optimize Results of Stenting

“The goal of the trial was to assess the efficacy of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in optimizing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) among patients with non–ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS).”

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