Cardiology

Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Same Hospital May Have Better Outcomes | News Brief

When patients with heart failure were re-hospitalized within a month, those who returned to the same hospital were discharged quicker and were more likely to survive, according

Traditional Tort Reform Won’t Reduce Healthcare Costs | Opinion Article

Tucked into President Trump’s 2018 budget are several provisions to tackle medical malpractice reform, an effort to slash healthcare costs by seeking to impact the everyday practice

TweetChat: A Look at the Drivers of Increasing Healthcare Costs | Opinion Article

Dr. Linda Girgis will co-host a tweetchat with PW on June 21, at 9:00pm ET on the factors driving increasing healthcare costs in the U.S.

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Persistent smoking after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appears to worsen angina symptoms and quality of life, but smoking cessation can improve these outcomes. The findings support the importance of counseling, incentivizing, and motivating AMI patients to quit smoking.

Severe Mental Illness Linked to Much Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease | News Brief

There is a substantially increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease when someone suffers from severe mental illness, compared to the general population, an international study of more than 3.2 million people reveals.

Encouraging Smoking Cessation After AMI | Feature

Persistent smoking after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appears to worsen angina symptoms and quality of life, but smoking cessation can improve these outcomes. The findings support the importance of counseling, incentivizing, and motivating AMI patients to quit smoking.

The Sound of Safety: Preferences and Perceptions of Music in the Operating Room | Feature

Survey results indicate that preferences and perceptions of music in the operating room (OR) differ by professional status and specialty. The results provide insight into team dynamics that may be useful in optimizing the OR environment.

TweetChat – EHRs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Part 2 | Feature

Dr. Nicholas DiNubile will co-host a tweetchat with PW on June 7 at 9:00pm ET on the current status of EHR use in the U.S.

Cardiac Rehab Benefits Older Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients | Feature

Greater participation in cardiac rehabilitation programs is associated with improved survival and medication adherence in the Medicare population after these individuals experience an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Physicians should encourage older AMI patients to continue participating in these sessions to improve long-term outcomes.

Assessing Oral Anticoagulant Prescription for Atrial Fibrillation | Feature

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affecting nearly 25% of people aged 40 and older, and its prevalence in the United States is projected to increase to about 5.6 million Americans by 2050.

Heart Attack Risk 17-Times More Likely Following Respiratory Infections | News Brief

Respiratory infections can trigger a heart attack.

Substantial Differences Between US Counties for Death Rates from Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke | News Brief

Although the absolute difference in U.S. county-level cardiovascular disease mortality rates have declined substantially over the past 35 years for both ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease,

Treating Older Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction | Feature

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Hypertension Before the Age of 55 Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Death | News Brief

According to a new study, diagnosis of high blood pressure at an earlier age is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular death and signifies an inherited predisposition

Conference Highlights: SCAI 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at SCAI 2017, the annual scientific sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, from May 10 to 13 in New Orleans. The features below highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

CME/CE – The Cardiac Cath Lab: Updating Best Practices | Feature

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions has updated its recommendations for best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The document outlines important updates and details on how cardiac cath labs should operate.

Conference Highlights: ACOG 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at ACOG 2017, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, from May 6 to 9 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference.

Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment | Feature

Experts in cardiology have updated a major guideline to reflect the addition of new types of drug options for heart failure (HF). With treatments for patients with HF expanding, there appears to be more hope than ever before for these individuals.

Time Allocation Among Physicians | Feature

The amount of time spent in meaningful interactions with patients is a powerful driver of physician career satisfaction, but increased paperwork and time on the computer often means less time for direct patient care.

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation & Anticoagulant Use | Feature

Current guidelines recommend that catheter ablation to restore sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) should not be performed with the sole intent of reducing the need for anticoagulation.

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