Category: TCTMD Articles

Bariatric Surgery: Cardiometabolic Benefits Down, but Not Out, at 5 Years

January 18, 2018

“Nearly one-quarter of obese individuals with poorly controlled diabetes who undergo gastric bypass surgery continue to have adequate control of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels at 5 years, as well as good control of LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure, according to extended follow-up of the Diabetes Surgery Study.”

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NEWS ‘Nontraditional’ CAC, CRP, or ABI Risk Tools Not Recommended, Says USPSTF

January 17, 2018

“The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that there is not enough published data to support the use of ankle-brachial index (ABI), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), or coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores to assess CVD risk in people with no previous coronary artery disease diagnosis, according to draft recommendations issued yesterday.”

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Is TEE Necessary for LAA Occlusion? Maybe Not

January 15, 2018

“Although transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is recommended when performing percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion, there may be a way to complete the procedure without the assistance of TEE, a pilot study suggests.”

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