Abbott announces expanded FDA indication, CE Mark for two ablation catheters

February 02 ,2023

Overview:Abbott today announced the FDA approval and receipt of CE Mark for two of its sensor-enabled ablation catheters.The FDA approved an expanded indication of its sensor-enabled, flexible tip catheter (FlexAbility Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled) to treat ventricular tachycardia in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, according to a company press release.The approval was based on the results of the LESS-VT study of the safety and effectiveness of ablation for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. Following ablation with the sensor-enabled more

Recent updates in women’s heart health: Pregnancy, menopause, risk factors and more

February 02 ,2023

Overview:Healio and Cardiology Today have curated a list of recent updates in women’s heart health.Updates include a lecture given by Cardiology Today Editorial Board Member Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA, FASPC, on gaps in knowledge and care delivery for women with CVD; how certain contraceptives can increase risk for thrombotic events in women with obesity; sex-specific considerations for women presenting with angina; and more.Women with a history of premature menopause, defined as menopause before age 40 years, are more likely to develop HF or atrial fibrillation over 9 years of more

Single-operator CTO PCI cases confer shorter procedures, similar outcomes vs. multiple

February 02 ,2023

Overview:Registry data suggest single-operator PCI cases for chronic total occlusion had lower procedural and fluoroscopy times compared with multiple-operator cases, as well as similar technical and procedural success and risk for complications.“‘Double‐scrubbing,’ a term often used to refer to interventional procedures involving a collaborative two‐operator approach, is often advocated in CTO PCI to improve patient outcomes,” Yader Sandoval, MD, interventional cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at Minneapolis Heart Institute and Abbott Northwestern Hospital and more

Noninvasive visceral adiposity score provides ‘one-shot’ assessment of HF risk

February 02 ,2023

Overview:Data from a large U.S. survey show a noninvasive visceral adiposity index score, a metric for assessing obesity, can independently predict and serve as a novel marker of HF risk, researchers reported.“Previous studies have shown that patients with HF, especially HF with preserved ejection fraction, exhibit higher visceral adipose tissue,” Xiaoping Ji, MD, PhD, professor and deputy director in the department of cardiology at Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, China, and colleagues wrote. “These studies usually used CT or MRI to evaluate visceral adipose tissue. The more

Major adverse pregnancy outcomes confer long-term ischemic heart disease risk in women

February 02 ,2023

Overview:Women who had any of five major adverse pregnancy outcomes had elevated risk for ischemic heart disease for as long as 46 years after delivery, researchers reported in The BMJ.“Remarkably, we found that all of them were independent long-term risk factors for ischemic heart disease, even out to 46 years of follow-up,” Casey Crump, MD, PhD, vice chair for research in the department of family medicine and community health and professor of epidemiology in the department of population health science and policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Healio. “These are more

Proton pump inhibitors increase CVD, mortality risk for adults with type 2 diabetes

February 02 ,2023

Overview:Adults with type 2 diabetes who use proton pump inhibitors have a higher risk for coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, heart failure and all-cause mortality than nonusers, according to data from the UK Biobank.“These findings suggest that the clinical benefits of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use against the excess risks of cardiovascular events and mortality should be taken into consideration among patients with type 2 diabetes,” An Pan, PhD, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health at Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology more

Preeclampsia raises risks for future myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke

February 02 ,2023

Overview:The odds of myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke are greater among women with vs. without preeclampsia for more than 20 years after pregnancy, according to findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.“The high risk of cardiovascular disease after preeclampsia manifests at young ages and early after delivery,” Sara Hallum, PhD, who was a guest researcher in the department of public health at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark during the study, said in a press release. “This indicates that interventions to prevent heart attacks and strokes in more

Social isolation may increase HF risk; association modified by feelings of loneliness

February 01 ,2023

Overview:Self-reported social isolation and loneliness could indicate increased risk for incident HF, according to research published in JACC: Heart Failure.Yannis Yan Liang, MD, PhD, of the Guangdong Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital and Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences in Guangdong, China, and colleagues observed that the association between social isolation and incident HF risk may be modified by feelings of loneliness.“‘Social isolation’ refers to being objectively alone or having infrequent social connections, whereas ‘loneliness’ more

Top news of January: Eating patterns and weight loss, CV effects of hydration and more

February 01 ,2023

Overview:Healio and Cardiology Today have compiled a list of the most read cardiology news of January 2022.Readers were most interested in the impact of dietary patterns on weight change; the link between migraines and hypertension; effect of high HDL on risk for fracture in older adults; and more.In the general population, long-term weight change is strongly associated with the average daily number of medium and large meals but not with a specific time-restricted eating strategy, researchers reported. Read moreAdults with elevated serum sodium in middle age, a marker of inadequate fluid intake, were more

Sepsis may be nontraditional risk factor for HF, rehospitalization

February 01 ,2023

Overview:Adults who survive a hospitalization with sepsis are at substantially increased risk for post-discharge death and CV events resulting in hospitalization, researchers reported.In a database analysis of more than 2.2 million patients, researchers also found that the excess risk among patients with sepsis was particularly high for HF hospitalization, showing a more than 50% increased risk during follow-up, according to Jacob C. Jentzer, MD, director of research for the cardiac intensive care unit and assistant professor of medicine in the department of cardiovascular medicine at Mayo Clinic.“Providers more

Expert panel issues first pediatric cardio-oncology guidelines

February 01 ,2023

Overview:An expert panel of pediatric cardiologists and oncologists issued its inaugural cardio-oncology guidelines for the management of pediatric patients receiving anticancer therapy.In a press release issued by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Rachel Conyers, PhD, associate professor in the cardiac regeneration laboratory, stated that although guidelines for diagnosing and managing CV symptoms during anticancer therapy exist, none were specific to children.The expert panel document includes guideline recommendations for identifying high-risk patients for referral to cardio-oncology more

Healthy lifestyle can cut CVD risk in patients with FH

January 31 ,2023

Overview:A healthy lifestyle was associated with reduced risk for CVD among adults with familial hypercholesterolemia regardless of their familial hypercholesterolemia mutation status, researchers reported.“DNA is not destiny; it is not deterministic for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH),” Hayato Tada, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the department of cardiovascular medicine at Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Japan, told Healio. “Our study demonstrated that a healthy lifestyle was associated with reduced risk for CVD regardless of FH mutation status, more

CMS policy change could increase disparities in heart transplant receipt

January 31 ,2023

Overview:In 2020, CMS made a policy change to increase access to left ventricular assist devices. It could have unintended consequences in increasing disparities in who receives a heart transplant, according to a research team.In an analysis published in November in JAMA Network Open, Thomas M. Cascino, MD, MSc, a clinical instructor in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, and colleagues found that among 22,221 patients with advanced HF who received an LVAD between April 2012 and June 2020, those who received their device at an more

Healthy sleep pattern could ward off AF recurrence after catheter ablation

January 31 ,2023

Overview:A healthy sleep pattern, as well as improving sleep habits, were associated with a lower risk for atrial fibrillation recurrence in patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF, researchers reported.Data from the single-center study also showed three sleep behaviors — “adequate sleep duration,” “no insomnia” and “no excessive daytime sleepiness” — rather than self-identifying as a “morning chronotype” or “no snoring” were associated with a lower risk for AF recurrence.“Emerging evidence has associated several more

No direct evidence of ICD failure for non-MRI conditional devices after scan

January 31 ,2023

Overview:An analysis of more 800 MRI examinations shows the scans do not induce clinically significant functional changes in non-MRI-conditional implantable cardioverter defibrillators, data from a single-center study show.The findings build upon previous safety data at Johns Hopkins and other institutions showing no clinically significant changes in device parameters after MRI with non-MRI-conditional devices, according to Joshua Ra, MD, a physician with University of California, San Francisco.“While many institutions have adopted MRI safety protocols for scanning patients with more

Mortality twice as high for patients with IBD, non-STEMI vs. IBD alone

January 31 ,2023

Overview:DENVER — Patients with inflammatory bowel disease and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction had higher mortality, hospital stays and hospital charges than patients with IBD alone, noted a presenter at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.“Based on our study results, IBD patients with non-STEMI require closer monitoring, and there needs to be a focus on better treatment and preventing complications that may develop,” Neethi R. Dasu, DO, from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, told Healio. “Furthermore, our study revealed these patients with IBD are more

Higher vitamin B levels associated with less metabolic syndrome for young adults

January 31 ,2023

Overview:Vitamin B status was inversely associated with incident metabolic syndrome among Black and white young adults in the U.S., according to an analysis of the CARDIA study published in JAMA Network Open.“To the best of our knowledge, data remain unavailable on the longitudinal association of these B vitamin intakes with the development of metabolic syndrome among the general population of adults in the U.S.,” Jie Zhu, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the nutrition and foods program at the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University, and colleagues wrote.This more

Polypill reduced functional decline, but not cognitive decline in older adults

January 30 ,2023

Overview:A pill containing antihypertensives and a statin, with or without aspirin, was associated with reduced functional decline, but not reduced cognitive decline, in those aged 65 years and older, researchers reported in JAMA Neurology.“Vascular risk factors are associated with cognitive decline, but studies addressing individual risk factors have not demonstrated an effect of risk factor management on the preservation of cognition,” Jacquelin J. Bosch, PhD, of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues wrote.Bosch and colleagues conducted a more

Cognitive behavioral therapy plus cardiac rehab reduced patients’ psychological distress

January 30 ,2023

Overview:Cognitive behavioral therapy reduced depression and anxiety and improved heart-related quality of life and adherence among younger patients receiving cardiac rehabilitation, researchers reported.“It is imperative that psychological interventions for anxiety and depression are developed and integrated into the cardiac rehabilitation setting so that they may be offered to all cardiac patients with psychological distress,” Annette Holdgaard, PhD student nurse in the department of cardiology at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues wrote. “This more

Social determinants of health tied to long-term employment after heart transplant

January 30 ,2023

Overview:A database analysis showed 22% of heart transplant recipients who survived to 1 year and received follow-up were employed full time at 1 year and nearly 33% were employed at 2 years after transplant.In a retrospective analysis of more than 10,000 heart transplant recipients who survived to 1 year with follow-up, researchers also found that employment at the time of listing or transplantation was strongly associated with employment after surgery. Additionally, social determinants of health, including race and ethnicity, sex, insurance status and education level were also all significantly more

Optimal Antiplatelet Therapy In NSTE-ACS: Results From A Novel Crowdsourcing Survey

July 07 ,2021

Overview:The choice and duration of antiplatelet therapy in NSTE-ACS undergoing PCI is complex and is a hotly debated topic – particularly amongst patients at high bleeding risk. To gain insight […] more

Results of an international crowdsourcing survey on the utilisation of antiplatelet therapy in NSTE-ACS

June 09 ,2021

Overview:Choosing an antiplatelet strategy in patients with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) at high bleeding risk (HBR), undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is complex given that one must […] more

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February 04 ,2021

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ACC.20/WCC Virtual continues!

April 05 ,2020

Overview:The World Heart Federation and American College of Cardiology held their first ever virtual congress March 28-30. But it’s not over. All of the ACC.20/WCC Virtual live sessions are now available […] more

2020 ISCP Annual Meeting cancelled

February 26 ,2020

Overview:Notice of Cancellation We regret to have to inform our colleagues and friends that the 2020 ISCP Annual Scientific Meeting in Miami will now be cancelled. The Board of Directors […] more

European Cardiology Review (ECR) now on PubMed and PubMed Central

October 30 ,2018

Overview:    European Cardiology Review (ECR) confirms that it has been accepted for indexing on PubMed Central and PubMed. All ECR articles starting from the first issue in July 2014, […] more

WHF to attend the WHO Executive Board meeting in January 2017

January 23 ,2017

Overview:From 23 January to 01 February 2017, the World Health Organization(WHO) will host the 140th session. From 23 January to 01 February 2017, the World Health Organization(WHO) will host the […] more