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Cell-selective nanotherapy prevents post-angioplasty restenosis, promotes artery healing
A micro-RNA nanotherapy specifically inhibits the growth of cardiovascular smooth muscle cells and infiltrating inflammatory cells that form atherosclerotic plaques, while sparing endothelial cells that need to regrow to heal the injured artery. The investigational nanoparticles have the potential to achieve the therapeutic effects of drug-eluding stents without the risk of thrombosis and neoartheroclerosis, University of South Florida Health researchers report. (2021-02-10)

Mayo Clinic study indicates age influences sex-related outcomes after heart attack
Approximately 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur every year in men and women in the US Sex and age play a large part in who experiences a heart attack, the methods used to treat these heart attacks, and the eventual post hospital outcomes of the people who experience heart attacks. Mayo Clinic researchers discuss these sex and age differences in study findings published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (2021-01-20)

Ticagrelor was not superior to clopidogrel to reduce heart attack risk during angioplasty
A new study found the rate of heart attack and severe complications before, during or soon after elective surgery to open a blocked artery was similar between patients treated with clopidogrel and those who received the more potent antiplatelet medication ticagrelor. (2020-11-14)

New study identifies better treatment option for common complication of dialysis
Use of drug-coated balloon angioplasty to treat blocked blood vessels used for hemodialysis offers hope for millions of patients globally (2020-08-19)

Two paths better than one for treating patients with heart stents
Pairing a blood-thinning drug with aspirin daily for patients who have an angioplasty with a stent can contribute to better health outcomes, including lower risk of death, than aspirin alone, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Alberta and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. (2020-05-28)

New model for predicting kidney injury after common heart procedure
A Yale-led group of doctors has developed a new mathematical model that can predict the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients undergoing a common heart procedure. (2019-11-22)

Epicardial coronary artery abnormalities that do not result in myocardial ischemia
What to Do with Epicardial Coronary Artery Abnormalities That do not Result in Myocardial Ischemia? In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications volume 4, issue 2, pp. 109-111 ; DOI https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2017.0067 C. Richard Conti from the University of Florida Medical School, Gainesville, FL, USA considers epicardial coronary artery abnormalities that do not result in myocardial ischemia. (2019-08-15)

BU researchers investigate differences in coatings of drug-coated balloon catheters
Drug-coated balloon catheters to open narrowed blood vessels and to deliver drugs to the impacted sites are used frequently for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Scientists believe improvement of the coatings could lead to better designs and improved outcomes. Now for the first time, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have examined these coatings at microscopic levels in hopes of producing more efficient alternatives for treating arterial disease. (2019-05-02)

New study reveals association between diuretic drug use in type 2 diabetes and risk of lower limb amputation
New research presented at this year's annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Berlin, Germany, reveals that the use of diuretic drugs in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a significantly increased risk of serious problems in their lower limbs which can lead to amputation. (2018-10-01)

Removable balloon is as good as permanent stent implant for opening small blocked arteries
Munich, Germany -- Aug. 28, 2018: A removable balloon is as good as a permanent stent implant for opening small blocked arteries, according to late breaking results from the BASKET-SMALL 2 trial presented in a Hot Line Session today at ESC Congress 2018 and simultaneously published in The Lancet. (2018-08-28)

'Smart stent' detects narrowing of arteries
UBC researchers have developed a type of 'smart stent' that monitors even subtle changes in the flow of blood through the artery, detecting the narrowing in its earliest stages and making early diagnosis and treatment possible. (2018-06-19)

Heart attack risk increases with six-month dual antiplatelet therapy
The combined rate of death from any cause, heart attack or stroke within 18 months was not significantly different in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who were randomly assigned to receive dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for either six months or at least 12 months after receiving a drug-eluting stent. (2018-03-12)

Red wine proves good for the heart (again)
Antioxidant compounds found in red wine are advancing the treatment of heart disease -- the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US Researchers have developed drug-eluting stents with red wine antioxidants. (2018-02-01)

Better treatment, not more spending, saves heart attack patients, study finds
A long-term look at heart attack care and spending in America in the 21st Century shows more survival, more spending, and more variation between hospitals on both scores. And while spending on rapid angioplasty appears to be paying off, a lot of the dollars spent in the six months after a heart attack aren't making a difference in the long-term death rate. (2017-12-20)

Aspirin can prevent heart attacks after noncardiac surgery in patients with prior PCI
A Canadian-led study has found that perioperative aspirin can prevent heart-related complications after major noncardiac surgery in patients with previous percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as an angioplasty or stent. The study found that for every 1,000 patients with PCI, giving them aspirin at the time of noncardiac surgery would prevent 59 heart attacks and cause eight major bleeding events. (2017-11-14)

Increased risk of vascular dementia in heart attack survivors
It is well known that vascular dementia is triggered by factors such as stroke, but an extensive study from Aarhus University, Denmark, now shows that heart attack also is associated with increased risk -- by 35 per cent, in fact. According to Jens Sundbøll, who is behind the study, this can be an argument for more intensive preventive efforts. (2017-11-13)

Study of heart stents for stable angina highlights potential of placebo effect
Researchers at Imperial College London have explored the placebo effects of a coronary angioplasty procedure with stents for the first time. (2017-11-02)

SCAI examines strengths and weaknesses of sham PCI trial
This year, SCAI celebrated the forty-year anniversary of a groundbreaking procedure, now known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), that has saved millions of lives and enhanced the lives of millions more. Four decades of clinical study have confirmed the benefit of PCI for patients with myocardial ischemia (insufficient blood flow to an area of heart muscle). A new study presented today at the TCT 2017 scientific symposium in Denver questions the value of this revolutionary procedure in some patients. (2017-11-02)

WhatsApp use by Argentina ambulances associated with faster heart attack treatment
WhatsApp use by ambulance doctors in Argentina was associated with faster treatment of heart attack and lower mortality in an observational study presented today at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2017). The free messaging application was used to send diagnostic electrocardiograms (ECGs) directly to hospital catheterisation (cath) laboratories, enabling patients to bypass the emergency department. (2017-10-19)

No advantage of ambulance over hospital anti-clot therapy (SCAAR)
In contrast to European and American guidelines that recommend pre-hospital antiplatelet therapy for heart attack patients suffering from ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a new study presented at ESC Congress suggests this practice has no advantage over waiting for in-hospital treatment. (2017-08-29)

New harmless radiopaque glue to seal bleeding and guide surgery
First nanoparticle-based adhesive with imaging contrast effect in CT and ultrasound was successfully tested in animals and showed less toxicity than the FDA-approved glue CA-Lp. (2017-07-19)

Risk of infection higher for patients with obesity after bypass surgery: University of Alberta research
A series of studies demonstrates BMI associated with various outcomes in patients with heart disease. (2017-06-19)

Interrupting inflammatory signals decreases repeat artery blockage
Results from the DANCE trial (Dexamethasone Infusion to the Adventitia to Enhance Clinical Efficacy after Femoropopliteal Revascularization) were presented today as a late-breaking clinical trial at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2017 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. (2017-05-11)

Temple-led team: Sex-based differences in utilization & outcomes for CDT in DVT patients
One treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a procedure called catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). CDT has become more commonly used in the US since research showed it reduced the incidence of post-thrombotic syndrome. A team led by Temple University Hospital's Riyaz Bashir, MD, sought to identify and describe sex-based differences in utilization and safety outcomes of CDT for treatment of DVT in the U.S. The team found sex-based differences in both utilization and safety outcomes. (2017-03-20)

A simple fix to avoid some unnecessary coronary stents
Physician researchers at Thomas Jefferson University suspect that some cases of coronary artery spasm go unrecognized and are incorrectly treated with stents. The good news -- there could be a simple fix to eliminate these unnecessary stenting procedures. (2017-03-20)

Study reveals ways to improve outcomes, reduce costs for common heart procedure
Hospitals can improve patient care and reduce costs associated with coronary angioplasty if cardiologists perform more of these procedures through an artery in the wrist and if they take steps to discharge such patients on the same day, according to a new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (2017-02-21)

Radial access, same-day cardiac procedure could save $300 million annually
If hospitals can perform more transradial, same-day percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCIs, not only will patients benefit because it is associated with have less complications, but collectively, hospitals across the U.S. could save $300 million each year, according to research published today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2017-02-20)

Scripps first in West to treat heart attack with new supersaturated oxygen therapy
A physician at Scripps Health's Prebys Cardiovascular Institute has become the first in the Western United States to treat heart attack patients with a new supersaturated oxygen (SSO2) system in an attempt to reduce permanent damage to their heart muscle. (2016-12-28)

Patients with cancer history experiencing severe heart attacks benefit from cardiac care
One in 10 patients who come to the hospital with the most severe type of heart attack have a history of cancer, showing that this is an emerging subgroup of heart patients, according to Mayo Clinic research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In addition, the study found that these patients have a three times higher risk of noncardiac death. Meanwhile, their risk of cardiac death is not higher -- both at the time of their acute heart attack and over long-term follow-up. (2016-12-01)

New peripheral artery disease guidelines emphasize medical therapy and structured exercise
Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) should be on a program of guideline-directed medical therapy (including antiplatelet drugs that thin blood and statins to lower cholesterol) and should participate in a structured exercise program. Restoring blood flow to the legs through vascular procedures is appropriate for many patients with severe symptoms due to PAD. Eliminating exposure to all tobacco -- including second-hand smoke -- is highly recommended for patients with PAD. (2016-11-13)

Leading interventional cardiology society hosts 40th Annual Meeting
The 40th Annual SCAI Scientific Sessions will take place May 10-13, 2017, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the first angioplasty procedure which revolutionized medical science, SCAI 2017 will attract more than 1,500 interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular professionals from across the globe for a dynamic four-day program featuring live cases, renowned speakers, late-breaking clinical trials, case reviews, abstract presentations, and interactive workshops. (2016-11-01)

TCT 2016 Master Clinical Operator Award to be presented to the late Patrick L. Whitlow, M.D.
The Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Clinical Operator Award will be posthumously presented to the late Patrick L. Whitlow, M.D., in a ceremony on Oct. 31 at the 28th Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in Washington, D.C. TCT is the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. The award is given each year to a physician who has advanced the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine through technical excellence and innovation. (2016-10-25)

Taking meds after heart procedures may boost trouble-free survival rate
Regardless of heart procedure, patients who adhered to prescribed medication were more than twice as likely to have event-free rates of survival. Heart bypass patients appeared to be more resistant than PCI patients to the negative effects of not taking prescribed medication. Not taking prescribed medications is common among patients who had either bypass surgery or PCI. (2016-10-24)

Smoking rises in Argentina heart attack patients as cigarettes 'among cheapest in world'
Levels of smoking are rising in heart attack patients in Argentina, according to a study presented today at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2016). The findings coincide with a 100 percent increase in affordability in the last decade, which have made cigarettes among the cheapest in the world. Researchers also report improved treatment for heart attacks but no decrease in mortality. (2016-10-13)

PRAGUE-18 trial: Prasugrel and ticagrelor: Equally safe and effective in STEMI
The antiplatelet drugs prasugrel and ticagrelor had similar safety and efficacy among patients with acute myocardial infarction and ST segment elevations (STEMI), according to results of PRAGUE-18, the first randomized, head-to-head comparison of the drugs. (2016-08-30)

Direct catheter-based thrombectomy equal to bridging thrombolysis in ischemic stroke
Direct catheter-based thrombectomy is equally effective to bridging thrombolysis in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke, according to results from the observational PRAGUE-16 registry study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. (2016-08-27)

Beta-blockers following angioplasty show little benefit for some older patients
Following coronary angioplasty, beta-blockers did not significantly improve mortality rates or reduce the number of future cardiovascular incidents for older patients with stable angina but no history of heart attack or heart failure, according to a study published today in the JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2016-08-15)

Mayo Clinic studying genomics of antiplatelet heart medication
TAILOR-PCI, which began in 2013 with study teams at 15 hospitals in the US, Canada and South Korea and plans to enroll 5,270 patients, just received an additional $7 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, to complete the study. (2016-07-28)

Gender gap found in cardiac arrest care, outcomes
Women treated at a hospital after cardiac arrest may be less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures. The number of cardiac arrest patients treated at hospitals increased and in-hospital death rates have fallen for both sexes, however women were less likely to survive, according to a new study. (2016-06-22)

Sleep disorders may predict heart events after angioplasty
People who have had procedures to open blocked heart arteries after acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may have a higher risk of death, heart failure, heart attack and stroke if they have sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, compared to those who don't. The presence of sleep disorders in ACS patients is an important predictor of major cardiovascular events after angioplasty. (2016-06-15)

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