Cardiology

Three Effective Ways to Pick Quality Improvement Targets

Many quality improvement (QI) programs are less effective than they could be, because they have difficulty in selecting intervention targets that are meaningful to staff and which set achievement targets that do not seem to be arbitrary and imposed from above. This post sketches three approaches to initiating QI initiatives, and wraps them together in a way that staff may applaud.

#PWChat: Healthcare Predictions/Expectations for 2018

Join us Wednesday, January 31 at 3:00pm ET for P our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, on the biggest predictions and expectations in healthcare for

Three Ineffective Institutional Approaches to Quality Improvement in Healthcare | Medical Blog

Three of the leading organizational obstacles to effectiveness of quality improvement in healthcare are related to lack of internalization, lack of management support, and a punitive management attitude toward error.

Advancing Genomic Tests in Cardiovascular Medicine | Medical Blog

We can “scarcely imagine a more exciting time to be engaged in translational research” in cardiology. This is the opinion of the authors of a recent American

OTC Medications for Diabetics: 7 Considerations | Feature

Many over-the-counter medications contain carbohydrates that can affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. When recommending OTC medications to this patient population, clinicians can consider seven key points.

Erectile Dysfunction is Red Flag for Silent Early Cardiovascular Disease | Feature

In addition to being an important health and quality of life issue for men, erectile dysfunction has long been associated with CV disease. Risk factors for erectile

Successful Implantation of Heart Pump with Power Cable Behind Ear | News Brief

Under the system to provide medical treatment to end-stage heart failure patients, a group that is ineligible for heart transplantation, in response to their requests, Osaka University

#PWChat – Exercise as Medicine: PART III | News Brief

Join us Wednesday, January 10 at 3:00pm ET for Part III of our live, interactive tweetchat series with Greg Wells, PhD, on how to help patients make

Making Patient Education a Two-Way Street | News Brief

With the increased focus on patient engagement to improve outcomes, we as clinicians must think hard about the efficacy of an important step in patient engagement: education.

Common Male Medical Condition Linked to Vascular Disease | News Brief

Men who suffer symptoms from varicoceles, enlarged veins in the scrotum, are more likely to develop vascular disease and metabolic disease, such as diabetes, according to a

Beating Heart Patch is Large Enough to Repair the Human Heart | News Brief

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have created a fully functioning artificial human heart muscle large enough to patch over damage typically seen in patients who have suffered

Researchers Discover Key to Regenerating Blood Vessels | News Brief

A new study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) identifies a signaling pathway that is essential for angiogenesis, the growth of new

#PWChat – Diabetes Management in the Cardiovascular Outcome Trial Era | News Brief

Join us Monday, November 27 at 3:00pm ET / Noon PT for a live, interactive tweetchat with former AACE president, Yehuda Handelsman, MD, FACP, FACE, FNLA. Topics

Under New Guidelines, Half of Americans Have Unhealthy, High Blood Pressure | News Brief

Nearly half of U.S. adults now have high blood pressure, thanks to a new definition of what constitutes high: 130/80 is the new 140/90. That means that

Statin Continuation Following an Adverse Event | Feature

Study results indicate that the benefits of statin therapy appear to outweigh the risks among high-risk patients. These agents should be continued even in the face of an adverse reaction in this patient population.

3D Printing a Q Fever-Infected Aortic Aneurysm | Medical Blog

Aortic infection is a rare, but severe condition. Primary infection with Coxiella burnetii bacteria in patients with chronic Q fever is notorious in the southern part of

#PWChat – Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Medical Blog

Join us Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00pm ET for PART II of our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, based on her blog post on why

Gut Microbes Can Protect Against High Blood Pressure | News Brief

The MIT team, working with researchers in Germany, found that in both mice and humans, a high-salt diet shrinks the population of a certain type of beneficial

CME/CE: Addressing Sugar Intake to Achieve Weight Loss | News Brief

Researchers have detailed the dangers of fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, in the diet. They note the benefits of even small, short-term changes to fructose intake.

Immune Cells Mistake Heart Attacks for Viral Infections | News Brief

By using single cell RNA Seq, an emerging technique that combines microfluidic nanoliter droplet reactors with single cell barcoding and next generation sequencing, the researchers were able

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