Monday, October 31, 2016

Another Risky 'BP Monitor' App

(MedPage Today) -- Puts patients at risk with claims to measure multiple cardiovascular parameters
via Another Risky 'BP Monitor' App
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Bigger TAVR Valves Linked to Sizable Thrombosis Risk (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- One hospital suggests TTE, multidetector CT for diagnosis
via Bigger TAVR Valves Linked to Sizable Thrombosis Risk (CME/CE)
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Hot Topics: Type 2 Diabetes

(MedPage Today) -- How can a closed-loop insulin delivery system be used treat type 2 diabetes?
via Hot Topics: Type 2 Diabetes
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TCT: Extra-Thin Biodegradable Stents Show Promise

(MedPage Today) -- Low event rates at 12 months, BIO-RESORT study finds
via TCT: Extra-Thin Biodegradable Stents Show Promise
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CardioBrief: Debaters At TCT Literally Put The Gloves On

(MedPage Today) -- Is the interventional cardiology meeting friendly to women?
via CardioBrief: Debaters At TCT Literally Put The Gloves On
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Subcutanous ICDs Exchange Lead Risks for Erosion, Failures (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Complication rates similar but types differ versus transvenous devices
via Subcutanous ICDs Exchange Lead Risks for Erosion, Failures (CME/CE)
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TCT: Trials Split on PCI vs CABG for Left Main Disease

(MedPage Today) -- NOBLE hands advantage to surgery, EXCEL finds noninferiority
via TCT: Trials Split on PCI vs CABG for Left Main Disease
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EndoBreak: DiabetesMine Summit; Falling Insulin Profits

(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the endocrinology world
via EndoBreak: DiabetesMine Summit; Falling Insulin Profits
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sealing Device May Patch Up Failed EVAR

(MedPage Today) -- Early results promising for Nellix device that relines AAA stent grafts
via Sealing Device May Patch Up Failed EVAR
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FDA Approves PFO Closure Device

(MedPage Today) -- Amplatzer device indicated for recurrent stroke prevention
via FDA Approves PFO Closure Device
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'Big Easy' Hosts Obesity Week 2016

(MedPage Today) -- Gastric bypass, insurance coverage, and nutritional policy research are among the highlights
via 'Big Easy' Hosts Obesity Week 2016
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'Big Easy' Hosts Obesity Week 2016

(MedPage Today) -- Gastric bypass, insurance coverage, and nutritional policy research are among the highlights
via 'Big Easy' Hosts Obesity Week 2016
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Adherence as CABG/PCI Decider; Hormone Abuse; To Pump or Not to Pump

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week
via Adherence as CABG/PCI Decider; Hormone Abuse; To Pump or Not to Pump
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Pearls From: Robert Harrington, MD

(MedPage Today) -- Questioning commonsense but unproven treatments
via Pearls From: Robert Harrington, MD
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Treadmill Test Scoring Better With Gender as a Factor

(MedPage Today) -- New sex-specific score predicted women's mortality more accurately
via Treadmill Test Scoring Better With Gender as a Factor
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CardioBrief: Universal Child FH Screening Proposed

(MedPage Today) -- Pilot study IDs 37 mutation carriers in 10,000 kids
via CardioBrief: Universal Child FH Screening Proposed
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CABG: Off-Pump as Good as On-Pump in Experienced Hands? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Difficult procedure may make sense for some high-risk patients
via CABG: Off-Pump as Good as On-Pump in Experienced Hands? (CME/CE)
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Young Women's Stroke Risk Doubles in Pregnancy (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- But no extra risk after age 35
via Young Women's Stroke Risk Doubles in Pregnancy (CME/CE)
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Nonadherence to Meds Hurts NSTEMI Patients, Especially After PCI

(MedPage Today) -- Registry suggests more harm from skipping meds after stenting versus surgery
via Nonadherence to Meds Hurts NSTEMI Patients, Especially After PCI
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Tranexamic Acid Blocks Bleeds but not Other CABG Risks (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- No effect on mortality or thrombotic complications
via Tranexamic Acid Blocks Bleeds but not Other CABG Risks (CME/CE)
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Morning Break: Measles Worry; Pharmacists for Vets; Toxic Air

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff
via Morning Break: Measles Worry; Pharmacists for Vets; Toxic Air
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FDA Warns of Testosterone Abuse

(MedPage Today) -- Adverse events tied to abuse include heart attack, heart failure, and stroke
via FDA Warns of Testosterone Abuse
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GWTG Improving Heart Failure Treatment at Hospitals (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Participation in AHA program improved treatment guideline adherence
via GWTG Improving Heart Failure Treatment at Hospitals (CME/CE)
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U.S. Obesity Crisis: Is the Wrong Omega-X Mix Responsible?

(MedPage Today) -- Ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in Western diet is 16:1
via U.S. Obesity Crisis: Is the Wrong Omega-X Mix Responsible?
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Pearls From: Clyde Yancy, MD

(MedPage Today) -- Could U.S., Europe combine forces on CV guidelines?
via Pearls From: Clyde Yancy, MD
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Morning Break: Hospitals in Trouble; Heart on a Chip; Depression Humor

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff
via Morning Break: Hospitals in Trouble; Heart on a Chip; Depression Humor
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Calcium Levels and CV Risk: New Study Finds No Link

(MedPage Today) -- But most agree dietary calcium is preferable to supplements
via Calcium Levels and CV Risk: New Study Finds No Link
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CHEST: Metformin in COPD Patients Improves Outcomes (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Cuts admissions in patients with comorbid diabetes, compared with insulin
via CHEST: Metformin in COPD Patients Improves Outcomes (CME/CE)
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Asymptomatic MR: New Markers for Poor Outcomes

(MedPage Today) -- Fine-tuning 'watchful waiting' approach to mitral surgery
via Asymptomatic MR: New Markers for Poor Outcomes
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BELIEF Study: Zap LAAs to Treat Persistent Afib (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Challenging procedure as an add-on to pulmonary vein isolation
via BELIEF Study: Zap LAAs to Treat Persistent Afib (CME/CE)
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Study: TEVAR 'Acceptable' for Ascending Aortic Dissections

(MedPage Today) -- Mid-term numbers encouraging for endovascular therapy
via Study: TEVAR 'Acceptable' for Ascending Aortic Dissections
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Hot Topics: Type 2 Diabetes

(MedPage Today) -- How are practice, guidelines responding to CV benefit shown in T2D trials?
via Hot Topics: Type 2 Diabetes
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CardioBreak: ZS-9 At FDA Again; Whole Grain Evidence; Stroke in ICD-11

(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine
via CardioBreak: ZS-9 At FDA Again; Whole Grain Evidence; Stroke in ICD-11
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Maternal Mortality Remains a Serious Problem

(MedPage Today) -- Racial disparities part of the issue, experts say
via Maternal Mortality Remains a Serious Problem
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Surgeons Explain Why CABG Won the SYNTAX Trial (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Surgery remains standard of care for higher-risk patients
via Surgeons Explain Why CABG Won the SYNTAX Trial (CME/CE)
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Workout May Mitigate Cognitive Impairment (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- But modest effects don't persist after exercise stops
via Workout May Mitigate Cognitive Impairment (CME/CE)
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1-Hour AMI Rule; Early Steroids in Kawasaki Disease; The Gut in PAD

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week
via 1-Hour AMI Rule; Early Steroids in Kawasaki Disease; The Gut in PAD
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CardioBrief: Eliquis Nipping At Heels of Top-Selling NOAC Xarelto

(MedPage Today) -- Overall market for the new oral anticoagulants continues to expand
via CardioBrief: Eliquis Nipping At Heels of Top-Selling NOAC Xarelto
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NSAIDs and the Heart: What Do You Tell Patients?

(MedPage Today) -- Do you offer any cautions?
via NSAIDs and the Heart: What Do You Tell Patients?
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Aldactone Improves Exercise Capacity in HFpEF Patients (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Single-center study findings need replication, researchers say
via Aldactone Improves Exercise Capacity in HFpEF Patients (CME/CE)
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Survival, Not Health Status, Enhanced After Cardiac Rehab (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Registry data didn't support the benefits many expect from these programs
via Survival, Not Health Status, Enhanced After Cardiac Rehab (CME/CE)
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Surviving Heart Surgery: Device Implant Cuts Early Mortality

(MedPage Today) -- Observational study says yes, suggests lower rates than with TAVR
via Surviving Heart Surgery: Device Implant Cuts Early Mortality
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Aldactone Improves Exercise Capacity in HFpEF Patients (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Single-center study findings need replication, researchers say
via Aldactone Improves Exercise Capacity in HFpEF Patients (CME/CE)
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CardioBrief: Novel LDL Drugs Move Forward in Clinical Trials

(MedPage Today) -- Medicines Company, Esperion claim progress
via CardioBrief: Novel LDL Drugs Move Forward in Clinical Trials
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fewer PAD Surgeries With Vorapaxar? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Trial subanalysis suggests effect, but consistency questioned
via Fewer PAD Surgeries With Vorapaxar? (CME/CE)
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For New Aortic Valve After CABG, Catheter Might Best Scalpel

(MedPage Today) -- Bleeding, stroke findings support the shift in practice since 2007
via For New Aortic Valve After CABG, Catheter Might Best Scalpel
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Morning Break: Moonshot Progress; Affordable Obamacare; Pain Drug on Hold

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff
via Morning Break: Moonshot Progress; Affordable Obamacare; Pain Drug on Hold
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No Uptick in Stroke After Brief Arrhythmia in Heart Device Patients (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Immediate anticoagulation not needed, investigators suggest
via No Uptick in Stroke After Brief Arrhythmia in Heart Device Patients (CME/CE)
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Monday, October 17, 2016

For Left Main PCI, the More Operator Experience the Better? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Among high-volume operators in Chinese study, more experience still matters
via For Left Main PCI, the More Operator Experience the Better? (CME/CE)
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MACRA Rule: Physicians, Insurers Weigh In

(MedPage Today) -- Encouraged by transition period but unresolved issues cause worry
via MACRA Rule: Physicians, Insurers Weigh In
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AHA: Statin-CVD Drug Interactions Unavoidable, But Manageable

(MedPage Today) -- Scientific statement highlights dosage guidelines
via AHA: Statin-CVD Drug Interactions Unavoidable, But Manageable
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Hot Topics: Diabetes

(MedPage Today) -- Addressing sugar use in the clinic and in dietary guidelines
via Hot Topics: Diabetes
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Transcarotid TAVR Safer Under Local Anesthesia

(MedPage Today) -- Early events only seen in general anesthesia cases in French series
via Transcarotid TAVR Safer Under Local Anesthesia
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Prolonged DAPT Better After Complex PCI (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- The more complex the PCI, the greater the benefit over short-term therapy, meta-analysis finds
via Prolonged DAPT Better After Complex PCI (CME/CE)
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CardioBreak: ICD/CRT-D Battery Warning; AHA to CMS -- Pay for Exercise Tx

(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine
via CardioBreak: ICD/CRT-D Battery Warning; AHA to CMS -- Pay for Exercise Tx
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CardioBrief: Coffee Safe for Heart Failure Patients?

(MedPage Today) -- No related arrhythmias found in small but rigorous study
via CardioBrief: Coffee Safe for Heart Failure Patients?
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Morning Break: Obama Handshake; Drugs for Hearing Loss; Pepsi and Sugar

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff
via Morning Break: Obama Handshake; Drugs for Hearing Loss; Pepsi and Sugar
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Lifestyle Medicine: AHA's Statement Calling for Lifestyle Counseling Training

(MedPage Today) -- The Nadolsky brothers break down the statement's 2020 goals
via Lifestyle Medicine: AHA's Statement Calling for Lifestyle Counseling Training
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins

(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include use of vitamins and supplements, detecting atrial fibrillation, calcium supplements and heart disease, and use of ventilators in people with advanced dementia.
via PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins
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D.C. Week: Final MACRA Rule Issued

(MedPage Today) -- Also, FDA warns on cardiac surgery heater-cooler device
via D.C. Week: Final MACRA Rule Issued
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

FDA Warns on Cardiac Surgery Heater-Cooler Device

(MedPage Today) -- Cites mycobacterial contamination risk
via FDA Warns on Cardiac Surgery Heater-Cooler Device
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Cath Lab Recap: MRI-Ready Devices; Hydrogel Injections; 3D-Printed Stents

(MedPage Today) -- Interventional cardiology news to note
via Cath Lab Recap: MRI-Ready Devices; Hydrogel Injections; 3D-Printed Stents
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TAVR for Low-Risk Patients: Yea Or Nay?

(MedPage Today) -- Surgeons, interventionalists make their arguments
via TAVR for Low-Risk Patients: Yea Or Nay?
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IVUS Guidance for Complex Lesion Stenting Tied to Fewer MIs (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- But no benefit for death, stent thrombosis in meta-analysis
via IVUS Guidance for Complex Lesion Stenting Tied to Fewer MIs (CME/CE)
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Second Thoughts About Memory Complaints

(MedPage Today) -- Taken more seriously now as drug trials demand earlier-stage disease
via Second Thoughts About Memory Complaints
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Risk Factors ID'd for CHD in Infants

(MedPage Today) -- Monitoring before and during pregnancy warranted, say authors of large study
via Risk Factors ID'd for CHD in Infants
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Smartphone App Feasible for Community Afib Screening (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Single-lead ECGs diagnosed new cases in Hong Kong study
via Smartphone App Feasible for Community Afib Screening (CME/CE)
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CardioBrief: Higher CV Risk Seen With Calcium Supplements

(MedPage Today) -- But observational study suggests benefit from dietary sources
via CardioBrief: Higher CV Risk Seen With Calcium Supplements
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Absorbable Stent Slightly Better for Calcified Coronaries?

(MedPage Today) -- Some optical CT measures suggest advantage over traditional stent
via Absorbable Stent Slightly Better for Calcified Coronaries?
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Wrist-Worn Heart Monitors Unreliable During Exercise

(MedPage Today) -- Popular devices don't stand up to ECG
via Wrist-Worn Heart Monitors Unreliable During Exercise
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PAH: Combo Therapy May Increase Long-term Survival (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Post-hoc analysis of AMBITION trial suggests mortality advantage
via PAH: Combo Therapy May Increase Long-term Survival (CME/CE)
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Big Data Unearths New QT-Extending Drug Interaction (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Health records, lab tests turn up antibiotic/PPI combo that prolongs QT interval
via Big Data Unearths New QT-Extending Drug Interaction (CME/CE)
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AHA Statement: Hypertension, Dementia Linked (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- "Judicious" antihypertensive tx suggested despite limited evidence
via AHA Statement: Hypertension, Dementia Linked (CME/CE)
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CardioBrief: FDA Reaffirms Safety and Efficacy of Rivaroxaban

(MedPage Today) -- Faulty INR measurements didn't affect pivotal trial results, agency says
via CardioBrief: FDA Reaffirms Safety and Efficacy of Rivaroxaban
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Battle Over Statins Highlights Two Camps Within Medicine

(MedPage Today) -- "Unlimited medicine" pitted against "less is more"
via Battle Over Statins Highlights Two Camps Within Medicine
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'Molecular Autopsy' Helps Explain Some Mysterious Deaths

(MedPage Today) -- Seldom definitive but may give comfort to bewildered family members
via 'Molecular Autopsy' Helps Explain Some Mysterious Deaths
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Pearls From: Deepak Bhatt, MD, MPH

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiologist discusses: Is there still a place for bare-metal stents?
via Pearls From: Deepak Bhatt, MD, MPH
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Morning Break: Real Docs Vs. Dr. Google; Zika Up in Asia; NASH More Common

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff
via Morning Break: Real Docs Vs. Dr. Google; Zika Up in Asia; NASH More Common
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Monday, October 10, 2016

How Much Can LVADs Help in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy? (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Better LV volumes but few full recoveries
via How Much Can LVADs Help in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy? (CME/CE)
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Severe Aortic Stenosis in Pregnancy Ups Cardiac Admissions (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- But no increase seen in mortality
via Severe Aortic Stenosis in Pregnancy Ups Cardiac Admissions (CME/CE)
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MRI May Offer Valuable Prognostics After Brain Bleed (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Imaging markers of SVD may play a role in acute-phase ICH
via MRI May Offer Valuable Prognostics After Brain Bleed (CME/CE)
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CardioBreak: OD'd Organ Donors; Catheter Recall; Arrest Detector App

(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine
via CardioBreak: OD'd Organ Donors; Catheter Recall; Arrest Detector App
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CardioBrief: No, $75 Million Won't Cure Heart Disease

(MedPage Today) -- Silicon Valley hype and hubris come to cardiology.
via CardioBrief: No, $75 Million Won't Cure Heart Disease
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Slow Medicine: Sayonara to Sulfonylureas?

(MedPage Today) -- Longing for a head-to-head trial of diabetes drugs
via Slow Medicine: Sayonara to Sulfonylureas?
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Cath Lab Recap: Portable Coagulation Analyzer; Prophylactic IABP Not $$$

(MedPage Today) -- Interventional cardiology news to note
via Cath Lab Recap: Portable Coagulation Analyzer; Prophylactic IABP Not $$$
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EndoBreak: Insulin Pump Hack Risk; Troops Battle Weight Stigma

(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the endocrinology world
via EndoBreak: Insulin Pump Hack Risk; Troops Battle Weight Stigma
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TAVR in Non-Calcified Valves; Video CPR Training; The Big Idea

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week
via TAVR in Non-Calcified Valves; Video CPR Training; The Big Idea
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Too Soon for Personalized T2D Interventions (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Interplay of genes and environment not yet understood enough
via Review: Too Soon for Personalized T2D Interventions (CME/CE)
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Fitness Trackers Flop Once Again (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- But trial results affirmed an old truism: money talks
via Fitness Trackers Flop Once Again (CME/CE)
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TAVR Feasible in Noncalcified Valves?

(MedPage Today) -- Native aortic valves enough to anchor Sapien 3, case study found
via TAVR Feasible in Noncalcified Valves?
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CardioBrief: LDL-Lowering Genetic Variants Linked to Diabetes Risk

(MedPage Today) -- What can genetics tell about diabetes incidence with cholesterol tx?
via CardioBrief: LDL-Lowering Genetic Variants Linked to Diabetes Risk
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Multibiomarker Score Improves Afib Risk Assessment (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Prototype risk score could inform treatment decisions
via Multibiomarker Score Improves Afib Risk Assessment (CME/CE)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

For Acute MI, Better Hospital May Mean Longer Life (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- More than a year of life expectancy difference seen in Medicare study
via For Acute MI, Better Hospital May Mean Longer Life (CME/CE)
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CardioBrief: Trump's CV Event Risk Seven Times Bigger Than Clinton's

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiologist speculates on coronary calcium scores disclosed by the candidates
via CardioBrief: Trump's CV Event Risk Seven Times Bigger Than Clinton's
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Model: Uneven MitraClip Not Behind Recurring MR

(MedPage Today) -- Clipping more posterior than anterior tissue not linked to leaflet stress
via Model: Uneven MitraClip Not Behind Recurring MR
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Diabetes Risk Linked to Economic Insecurity (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Previous work had tied job worries to heart disease, too
via Diabetes Risk Linked to Economic Insecurity (CME/CE)
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Who Has the Best Idea to Cure Heart Disease? A Harvard Doc

(MedPage Today) -- $75 million research award goes to CV genetics heavyweight
via Who Has the Best Idea to Cure Heart Disease? A Harvard Doc
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CardioBrief: More Bleeds With Rivaroxaban in Real-World Comparison

(MedPage Today) -- More intracranial, other serious bleeds than with dabigatran in Medicare data
via CardioBrief: More Bleeds With Rivaroxaban in Real-World Comparison
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Morning Break: Ben Stiller's PSA; Black Box on HCV Drugs; Dr. Oz's Heart Attack Detector

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff
via Morning Break: Ben Stiller's PSA; Black Box on HCV Drugs; Dr. Oz's Heart Attack Detector
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Healthcare Issues Popping Up on State Ballots in November

(MedPage Today) -- Voters being asked to consider tobacco taxes, other initiatives
via Healthcare Issues Popping Up on State Ballots in November
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Monday, October 3, 2016

STEMI: Fibrinolysis before PCI Center Transfer Acceptable (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Pharmacoinvasive therapy OK, Canadian STEMI study found
via STEMI: Fibrinolysis before PCI Center Transfer Acceptable (CME/CE)
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Novel Mitral Valve- Cinching Device Slashes Backflow Without Surgery (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Promising feasibility results for Cardioband, but survival effect still unclear
via Novel Mitral Valve- Cinching Device Slashes Backflow Without Surgery (CME/CE)
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Why Hasn't Aspiration Thrombectomy Worked Better in STEMI?

(MedPage Today) -- Residual thrombus bodes poorly in PCI
via Why Hasn't Aspiration Thrombectomy Worked Better in STEMI?
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EXPLORE: No LVEF Boost with Extra CTO Stents (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- More chronic total occlusion PCI data expected in 2018
via EXPLORE: No LVEF Boost with Extra CTO Stents (CME/CE)
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CardioBreak: CMS Bundled Pay Flops in CV Surgery; New HTN Txs; Absorbable Valve

(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine
via CardioBreak: CMS Bundled Pay Flops in CV Surgery; New HTN Txs; Absorbable Valve
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Mental Deficits Seen in Kids With HTN (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Significantly worse performance in cognitive tests
via Mental Deficits Seen in Kids With HTN (CME/CE)
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