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Cardiology

The Role of Ultrasound Guidance in Heart Valve Procedures

August 19, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

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Diseases of the aortic and mitral valves are the most common heart valve disease, affecting more than five percent of the population. One way to get a complete view of the structure and function of the heart valves is with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).[read more]

Q&A Part Two: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

June 26, 2014 by Kenneth Walz

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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. In this interview, we discuss challenges in development and adoption of these technologies.[read more]

Could the Shingles Vaccine Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke Later in Life?

January 4, 2014 by Susan Scutti

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People who have had shingles — a viral infection that causes a painful rash — face an increased risk of stroke, according to a study appearing online in Neurology. “Anyone with shingles, and especially younger people, should be screened for stroke risk factors,” stated Judith Breuer, M.D., of University College London.[read more]

Heart and Vascular Services Top Hospital Marketing Priorities for 2014

December 27, 2013 by Lonnie Hirsch

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It was nearly unanimous. Hospital marketing executives and administrators ranked marketing for various service lines as “extremely important” (65.5%) or “very important (24.1%), among respondents to the recent Healthcare Success Strategies (HSS) survey.[read more]

Telemonitoring at Work in the Netherlands

November 25, 2013 by Indy Kavelaars

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Research at the Scheper Hospital in the Netherlands shows that telemonitoring of chronic heart failure gives great improvements in several areas. The research took two years and included more than one hundred patients with an impaired cardiac pump function.[read more]

New Blood Cholesterol Guidelines

November 14, 2013 by Patricia Salber

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released the first update in almost ten years to guide treatment of blood cholesterol to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). There are some big changes that will undoubtedly be controversial.[read more]

$15M Boost for CardioInsight, Heart-Mapping Firm

November 13, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

CardioInsight Technologies said today that it had secured “long-term strategic financing” that will allow it to complete ongoing clinical trials in Europe, advance product development programs and pursue regulatory clearance for its cardiac mapping technology in the U.S.[read more]

Turning Health Data into Health Narrative: Interview with Dr. Leslie Saxon on Digital Health

October 28, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

Dr. Leslie Saxon

The compelling idea behind digital health is about turning data into a narrative that reveals some kind of story about a person’s health. Dr. Leslie Saxon shared some insights with MedCity News about what makes some digital health products more compelling than others and what’s needed to make these products stick.[read more]

Many Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke Are Avoidable

September 8, 2013 by Clifton Castleman

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Many deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented if people made healthy changes, including stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, doing more physical activity, eating less salt and managing their high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, says a government report out today.[read more]

Treatment with Antidepressant Results in Lower Rate of Mental Stress-Induced Heart Attack

June 4, 2013 by Anthony Cirillo
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Stress as we all know can cause health problems. According to a study in the May 22/29 issue of JAMA, patients taking six weeks of treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram, compared with placebo, resulted in a lower rate of mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI).[read more]

Diagnosis of Heart Defects Before Birth Prepares Parents and Doctors

May 23, 2013 by Holly Hosler

Pedro Arrabal, M.D.

“Fetal echocardiography allows us to diagnose fetal heart defects as early as possible – while a woman is still pregnant – and determine what diagnostic measures can be performed during the pregnancy to further advise the parents,” says Pedro Arrabal, M.D., one of Sinai’s high-risk pregnancy specialists.[read more]

Predictors of Hospitalization in Congestive Heart Failure Patients

May 2, 2013 by Melody Wilding

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Did you know heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in seniors over age 65? Heart failure affects nearly 6 million Americans annually. Each year congestive heart failure is associated with 1 million hospitalizations, of which the majority are “re-admissions” or re-hospitalizations.[read more]