Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 10, 2018
Non-invasive technology is a money-saver for heart patients needing PCI
Doctors evaluating patients for blockages in the heart are aided by having a good roadmap of the vascular terrain before they can insert stents to clear the impasse.

Heart attack protocol can improve outcomes, reduce disparities between men and women
Cleveland Clinic researchers have found that implementing a four-step protocol for the most severe type of heart attack not only improved outcomes and reduced mortality in both men and women, but eliminated or reduced the gender disparities in care and outcomes typically seen in this type of event.

PET myocardial perfusion imaging more effective than SPECT scans in detecting coronary disease
Patients who receive cardiac positron emission testing (PET) imaging instead of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan experienced a significant increase in the detection of severe obstructive coronary artery disease, according to researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

Osteochondral allograft transplantation effective for certain knee cartilage repairs
Isolated femoral condyle lesions account for 75 percent of the cartilage repair procedures performed in the knee joint, and physicians have a variety of techniques to consider as part of surgical treatment.

High school athletes with shoulder instability benefit from nonoperative treatment
Nonoperative treatment of high school athletes with shoulder instability is an effective approach, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in New Orleans.

Precision medicine: Access to real-time genetic testing data impacts prescriber behavior following minimally invasive stent procedure
Today, in a late-breaking featured clinical research session at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2018, researchers from Penn Medicine present first-of-its-kind data on the impact of real-time CYP2C19 genotype results when prescribing antiplatelet drugs in the clinic.

Previous cortisone injections may increase risk of future rotator cuff repair
Cortisone injections are a common nonsurgical approach to treating rotator cuff injuries.

Self-applied chest patch catches common irregular heartbeat more quickly than usual care
For people at heightened risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib) -- a common heart rhythm disorder that also carries a high risk of stroke -- wearing a self-adhering chest patch that records heart patterns may better detect the condition and facilitate more timely treatment than relying on usual care, according to one-year data being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session.

Wearable defibrillator cuts overall mortality, but not sudden deaths after heart attack
Wearing a lightweight vest equipped with a cardioverter defibrillator that detects abnormal heart rhythms in addition to taking recommended medications is associated with a reduction in the likelihood of dying during the first 90 days following a heart attack in people whose heart function was also impaired, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session.

3-D mapping babies' brains
Research from a collaborative team at Washington University in St.

Alirocumab reduces cardiovascular events after acute coronary syndrome
Among patients with persistently high cholesterol despite high-intensity statin therapy, the proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor alirocumab reduced rates of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) by 15 percent compared with placebo, in a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session.
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