Societies Release First Appropriate Use Criteria for Pediatric Heart Disease

Document aims to reduce ‘rarely appropriate’ echocardiograms
 
WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2014) — The American College of Cardiology, along with eight partnering societies, released today the first appropriate use criteria for suspected heart disease in pediatric patients.

Infraredx Receives Regulatory Approval of TVC Imaging System in Japan

Burlington, Mass. – September 29, 2014 – Infraredx, Inc. today announced that its first-in-class, dual-modality intravascular imaging technology, TVC Imaging System, and its TVC Insight Catheter received Shonin approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). The TVC System makes it possible to determine the structure and chemical composition of the coronary plaques that complicate stenting, and are associated with heart attacks.

Mitralign Confirms First-In-Man Percutaneous Tricuspid Repair

Non-surgical option for tricuspid regurgitation could benefit 1.6 million U.S. patients

Good News for Radialists in Terms of Radiation Exposure

The transradial approach (TRA), mostly right-sided, has been the first choice in our laboratory for about 10 years. We started in 2004 and, in a couple of years, the transition was done.

Not only interventional cardiologists but also, and perhaps more, clinical cardiologists are enthusiastic about TRA, having experienced a striking reduction in bleeding and vascular complication and saving a lot of time for the management of femoral sheaths after the procedure.

Study: Enlargement of Left Atrial Appendage May be an Independent Risk Factor for Strokes of Cardiac Origin

September 25, 2014 — More than half of the patients who have suffered a stroke with no well-defined etiology have an enlarged left atrial appendage of the heart, according to a Finnish study. The results indicate that the enlargement of the left atrial appendage may be an independent risk factor of strokes with cardiac origin.

Mr Mikko Taina, Licentiate of Medicine, presented the results in his doctoral thesis at the University of Eastern Finland.

More than a third of all ischemic strokes are cryptogenic, which means that their etiology is unclear.

Sometimes You Have to Go Back to the Beginning

If you do enough diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, you expect to see a few coronary anomalies or unusual coronary anatomies such as the multivessel giant aneurysms described in our case report in this month’s issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. We typically view these as interesting findings and then consider them only in the context of how it will affect our approach to a percutaneous coronary intervention. In this case, the coronary anatomy was so unusual that it prompted us to reconsider entirely what we knew about our patient and his clinical history.

Can OCT Identify ACS Patients Who Don't Need Stents?

12th Biennial Meeting of the International Andreas Gruentzig Society:  Rio de Janeiro - February 2-6, 2014

From Session 1: Coronary

Can OCT Identify ACS Patients Who Don't Need Stents?

Moderator:      Steve Bailey
Panelists:      Larry Dean, George Hanzel, Tarek Helmy, Bonnie Weiner, Peter Wijngaard

Framing the question at hand, what is the state of the current knowledge?

Coronary Lesion Assessment: Are FFR and iFR It?

12th Biennial Meeting of the International Andreas Gruentzig Society:  Rio de Janeiro - February 2-6, 2014

From Session 1: Coronary

Coronary Lesion Assessment:  Are FFR and iFR It?

Moderator:      Steve Bailey
Panelists:      Larry Dean, George Hanzel, Tarek Helmy, Bonnie Weiner, Peter Wijngaard

Framing the question at hand, what is the state of the current knowledge?

Chronic Stable Angina – QOL vs MACE Reduction Benefit with Intervention

Proceedings from 12th Biennial Meeting of the International Andreas Gruentzig Society:  Brazil – 2014

From Session 1: Coronary

Chronic Stable Angina – QOL vs MACE Reduction Benefit With Intervention

Moderator:  Steve Bailey
Panelists:  Larry Dean, George Hanzel, Tarek Helmy, Bonnie Weiner, Peter Wijngaard

Framing the question at hand, what is the state of the current knowledge?


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