Cardiology Today


The following articles appeared in the print edition of CARDIOLOGY TODAY.

Table of Contents

Spot the difference: LV trabeculation vs. LV noncompaction

Filip Zemrak, MD; Steffen E. Petersen, MD, DPhil, MPH, FESC

Cover Story

Familial hypercholesterolemia: Underdiagnosed, risks underappreciated; new treatments on horizon

FDA approvals

FDA approves edoxaban to reduce stroke risk, treat DVT and PE

FDA clears test that helps predict risk for CHD

FDA approves DCB to treat PAD in upper leg

FDA approves fixed-dose combination for patients with hypertension

In the Journals

Long-term studies reveal major improvements in outcomes after pediatric cardiac surgery

Outcomes of hospitalized cardiac patients OK when physicians away at cardiology conferences

Rate of inappropriate aspirin use for primary CVD prevention may exceed 10%

Nonsmokers hospitalized for CHD rarely screened for secondhand smoke

Q-SYMBIO: Coenzyme Q10 reduced major CV events in patients with HF

Survival rates higher in obese patients with HF

Stressful duties increased sudden cardiac death risk for police officers

Potential TAVR risks understated on hospital websites

Physician counseling on sexual activity uncommon after acute MI

Newer ICD leads associated with low rates of mechanical failure

No difference in outcome between remote robotic navigation, manual ablation for AF

Price increases for CABG, PCI slowed after advent of public reporting on quality

Childhood obesity affected cardiac geometry, function

Collaborative, community-based hypertension program improved BP control

USPSTF: Ambulatory BP should be used to confirm elevated office BP

Carotid artery stenting may be risky for older adults

MR CLEAN: Intra-arterial therapy safe, effective for certain acute ischemic strokes

Whole-grain consumption associated with lower total, CVD mortality

BP drugs reduced risk for CV events, death in patients with mild hypertension

US hospitals lack optimal reperfusion strategies for STEMI patients

Digoxin linked to elevated risk for death, hospitalization in patients with AF

Third-generation transcatheter heart valve improves on deficiencies of earlier valves

Daily avocado consumption improved LDL cholesterol

Industry News

Ticagrelor met primary endpoint in PEGASUS-TIMI 54 trial

Interventional cardiology recognized as separate specialty by CMS

Meet the Board

Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, reflects on a career of improving pacemakers, defibrillators

Meeting News Coverage

Addition of mitral valve repair to CABG showed no benefit in ischemic mitral regurgitation

Taking first suitable heart may benefit cost, survival in children needing transplantation

TOPCAT: Spironolactone effectiveness differed by region

Myocardial ischemia common in young women with CHD under mental stress

Early PCI encouraged after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in certain patients

CONTROL-HTN: Mechanical device improved BP in patients with resistant arterial hypertension

Long-term overtreatment with warfarin raised risk for dementia

Physical activity program did not prevent CV events in older adults

Pharmacology Consult

Strategies to overcome diuretic resistance in congestive HF

Bryan Robinette, PharmD, BCPS

Trial Scorecards

Trial Scorecard: VIRGO

Trial Scorecard: ANNEXA-A

Trial Scorecard: ATHEROREMO-NIRS

Trial Scorecard: ATRIA-CVRN

Trial Scorecard: MR CLEAN

Trial Scorecard: OPTION

Trial Scorecard: CONCORD

Trial Scorecard: Q-SYMBIO

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