General Cardiology

Device Approved to Treat Premature Infants With Common Heart Defect

Device Approved to Treat Premature Infants With Common Heart Defect

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The pea-sized device is a self-expanding wire mesh that is inserted through an incision in the leg and guided through vessels to the heart, where it is placed to seal the opening.

Caplacizumab Cuts Time to Platelet Count Normalization in aTTP Patients

Caplacizumab Cuts Time to Platelet Count Normalization in aTTP Patients

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The HERCULES (NCT02553317) study included 145 patients with aTTP who were randomized to receive either caplacizumab 10mg or placebo in conjunction with plasma exchange and immunosuppression.

FDA to Review Tafamidis for Treatment of Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy

FDA to Review Tafamidis for Treatment of Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy

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Tafamidis is an oral small molecule candidate that selectively binds at specific sites on the transthyretin tetramer to prevent destabilization of the transthyretin transport protein and formation of amyloid that causes ATTR-CM.

FDA-Approved Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor Now Available

FDA-Approved Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor Now Available

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HeartGuide is designed as a wrist watch that uses the oscillometric cuff method, the standard for medical-grade personal blood pressure measurement.

Occupational Metal, Pesticide Exposure Associated With CVD Risk in US Hispanics/Latinos

Occupational Metal, Pesticide Exposure Associated With CVD Risk in US Hispanics/Latinos

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Occupational exposure to metals and pesticides may drive and increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Happy Holidays? Christmas, Midsummer Holidays Linked to Increased MI Risk

Happy Holidays? Christmas, Midsummer Holidays Linked to Increased MI Risk

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Researchers examined the relationship between Christmas, New Year's, sporting events, and myocardial infarction.

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

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The "Christmas Effect" has been linked to increased risks in patients discharged from the hospital during the December holiday season.

Western Culture, Not Age, Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Western Culture, Not Age, Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

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Members of 2 remote Venezuelan tribes were found to have elevated blood pressure following exposure to Western culture.

First-in-Human Telerobotic Surgery Successful

First-in-Human Telerobotic Surgery Successful

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The first telerobotic percutaneous coronary intervention was conducted using CorPath telerobotic technology.

Hospital Ranking Linked to Mortality Rates, Patient Satisfaction

Hospital Ranking Linked to Mortality Rates, Patient Satisfaction

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Top-ranked hospitals for CV care have lower 30-day mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction.

Subclinical Myocardial Injury Associated with Erectile Dysfunction

Subclinical Myocardial Injury Associated with Erectile Dysfunction

These findings were based on association between erectile dysfunction and levels of circulating cardiac troponin I.

Younger Smokers Show Highest Increase in Acute STEMI Risk

Younger Smokers Show Highest Increase in Acute STEMI Risk

There was more than an eight-fold increase in acute STEMI risk for those aged less than 50 years.

New Method Developed to Identify QT Interval-Prolonging Drug-Drug Interactions

New Method Developed to Identify QT Interval-Prolonging Drug-Drug Interactions

Study shows that patients taking ceftriaxone and lansoprazole have significantly longer QTc intervals.

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