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Mar 23, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Increased Physical Activity on Apple Watch Lowers BP

Higher habitual physical activity as measured by a smartwatch is associated with lower home blood pressure levels, but body mass index (BMI) might account for the majority of that relationship, according to a new study.

Mar 20, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Missed Opportunities: Many HF Patients Not Tested for CAD

Fewer than 40% of patients with a diagnosis of new-onset heart failure are being evaluated for CAD during the index hospitalization, according to a large analysis of Medicare recipients.

Mar 18, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
CTO PCI Post-CABG Associated With Worse Outcomes

Patients undergoing PCI for chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesions have poorer outcomes and more complex procedures if they have previously undergone CABG surgery than if they have not, according to results of a new meta-analysis.

Feb 24, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Good Coronary Collateral Circulation? Better LVEF and Survival After STEMI

STEMI patients with good coronary collateral circulation undergoing PCI are more likely to be alive at 2 years and have better cardiac function when compared with STEMI patients without good collateral flow, a new study shows.

Feb 14, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Impella Redux: JAMA Publication Post-AHA Renews Push for More Data

A controversial analysis of US registry data suggesting worse outcomes with the Impella percutaneous left ventricular assist device (Abiomed) versus an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) in patients with acute MI complicated by cardiogenic shock (AMICS) is now in print, prompting a fresh wave of discussion about safety and efficacy.

Feb 7, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Kidney Transplant Boosts CV Functional Reserve

Patients with end-stage renal disease can expect to see improvements in cardiovascular functional reserve measured using cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) within a year of undergoing a kidney transplant, the prospective CAPER study shows.

Feb 5, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Meat Consumption Linked to Small Rises in CVD, All-Cause Mortality Risks

Eating meat, including both processed meat such as bacon, sausages, and hot dogs and unprocessed red meat, is associated with small increases in the risks of incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, according to pooled data from six prospective cohort studies.

Feb 5, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
ACS After TAVR a Unique Condition With Poor Prognosis

Acute coronary syndromes that occur after TAVR differ from ACS seen in the broader population and carry very high short- and long-term mortality risks, new data show.

Jan 23, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Overuse of CT Scans for Suspected Pulmonary Embolism Persists

Emergency physicians are still too often turning to CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) to evaluate suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), recent data from two US metropolitan areas indicate.

Jan 20, 2020 | TCTMD Articles
Clopidogrel Interaction With Morphine in ACS Linked to More Ischemic Events

Giving morphine and clopidogrel simultaneously to patients who present with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes is associated with an increased risk of ischemic events in the first few days after PCI, new research confirms.