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STAR-AF 2: Pulmonary vein isolation alone achieved successful outcomes

October 1, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain — In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, pulmonary vein isolation alone resulted in successful outcomes without the need for additional ablation, according to results from the STAR-AF 2 study.

Atul Verma, MD, and colleagues enrolled 589 patients with persistent AF who were randomly assigned to only pulmonary vein isolation (PVI; n=67), PVI plus ablation of complex electrograms (n=263) or PVI plus linear ablation (n=259). Three-quarters of patients had been experiencing continuous AF for at least 6 months (median duration, 2.2 years) before receiving treatment.

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Medical societies express concern as CMS publishes first wave of payment data

September 30, 2014
CMS has come under criticism today for the release of its first batch of Open Payments System data. According to some medical societies, the data are inaccurate and…
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ISAR-CLOSURE: Vascular closure devices noninferior to manual compression in transfemoral coronary angiography

September 30, 2014
WASHINGTON — In patients undergoing transfemoral coronary angiography, vascular closure devices were noninferior to manual compression for vascular access site…
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AMA defines team-based health care model, offers implementation guidance

September 30, 2014
The American Medical Association has adopted a policy to clearly define physician-led, team-based health care, according to a press release.The policy defines…
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Managing Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Emergency Department: Two Decades of Progress

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

According to the American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2013 Update, approximately 795,000…
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Srihari S. Naidu, MD: Percutaneous VADs may fill a ‘gap’ in HF therapy

September 29, 2014
LAS VEGAS — In this video, Srihari S. Naidu, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Winthrow…
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Experts’ Take: Dialogue on Hypertriglyceridemia

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Lead by genetic studies, recent data describe a causal role of triglycerides (TG) in the formation of atherosclerosis…
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