Cardiology Today


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

Table of Contents
Cover Story

Physical activity beneficial for CV health, but excessive exercise may confer harm

FDA News

Medications containing saxagliptin, alogliptin may increase heart failure risk

Changes made to labeling of metformin-containing medications

FDA clears robotic system for use in peripheral vascular interventions

Heart pumps approved to treat ongoing cardiogenic shock

FDA approves leadless pacemaker to treat arrhythmia disorders

In the Journals

Familial hypercholesterolemia twice as common as previously believed

HONEST: Morning home BP strongly predicts CAD, stroke events

Gut microbes affect platelet function, risk for MI, stroke

Greater odds for lower cognitive function in older patients with persistent AF

Gene transfer therapy appears to benefit patients with HF

High-dose atorvastatin fails to reduce risk for kidney injury after cardiac surgery

Healthy heart linked to less age-related cognitive decline

INFORM: CTEPH underdiagnosed in patients with PE

US heart disease death rates declining, but more slowly in South

Three resuscitation strategies may increase survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest

Use of cryoballoon catheter may confer labor, resource efficiencies

Worldwide diabetes population reaches 422 million

Veterans with PTSD may have worse endothelial function, increasing risk for MI, stroke

Poor adherence to BP medication, statins greatly increases fatal stroke risk

Nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinically benign for many patients

Researchers aim to unlock secrets of healthy aging in small Italian village

Societies update six guidelines with new recommendations on DAPT duration

Slow gait speed may predict mortality, hospitalization in older patients with HF

Combination therapy reduces worsening for PAH patients

Adding stress management to cardiac rehab may improve recovery

CTOs linked to mortality in patients with CAD, diabetes

Study examines heart structure, function of professional basketball players

AF stronger risk factor for CVD, death in women than in men

Avoiding prolonged sitting reduces cardiometabolic risk markers

AF may increase physical decline in older adults

Endometriosis raises risk for CHD

AHA releases first scientific advisory on wearable cardioverter defibrillators

ACS admission on weekend linked to higher mortality

Direct visual ablation system for patients with AF receives FDA approval

Meeting News Coverage

Shared decision-making tool may benefit patients with chest pain

VIDEO: MI with nonobstructive coronary arteries a key focus area in women’s heart health

Technology-based physical activity competition increased exercise, weight loss

Rate, rhythm control strategies both effective in treating postoperative AF

SAPIEN 3: Newest-generation TAVR system superior to surgery at 1 year

ACC publishes consensus document on nonstatin therapies for LDL reduction

ACCELERATE: Evacetrapib does not reduce major CV events

VIDEO: Diabetes may be risk equivalent for PAD, CAS

STICHES: CABG reduces 10-year mortality rate in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy

VIDEO: Awareness of women’s heart health continues to progress

VIDEO: Expert discusses potential impact of transcatheter mitral valve replacement

STAMPEDE: Glycemic benefits of bariatric surgery sustained up to 5 years

VIDEO: ‘Practice-changing’ data show evidence of superiority of TAVR

VIDEO: TAVR system shows strong results across risk scale

Cell therapy reduces cardiac events in certain patients with HFrEF

VIDEO: PEGASUS-TIMI 54 analysis shows reduced risk for MACE in patients with diabetes

FIRE AND ICE: Cryoballoon ablation noninferior to radiofrequency ablation

Early-BAMI: Early use of beta-blockers does not benefit patients with STEMI before PCI

ACC president: Work needed to reduce CVD death, end care disparities

GAUSS-3: Evolocumab superior to ezetimibe for LDL reduction in statin-intolerant patients

PARTNER 2: TAVR noninferior to surgery in intermediate-risk patients

Papillary muscle surgery may benefit patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation

VIDEO: New research calls attention to type 2 MI

Patients presenting with STEMI younger, more obese in recent years

CARIN: Novel drug does not prevent kidney injury from contrast during PCI

HOPE-3: Statins with or without BP-lowering drugs reduce CV events in intermediate-risk patients

ATMOSPHERE: Adding aliskiren to ACE inhibitor does not benefit patients with HF

VIDEO: PCI technology continues to advance


Meeting Update: Experts provide perspective on findings from the annual ACC Scientific Session

Trial Scorecards

Trial Scorecard: CRUSH

Trial Scorecard: HONEST

Trial Scorecard: Health ABC

Trial Scorecard: Early-BAMI

Trial Scorecard: STAMPEDE

Trial Scorecard: INOVATE-HF

Trial Scorecard: ENHANCED

Trial Scorecard: ATMOSPHERE

Women's Heart Notes

The good, the bad and the unknown: The current state of CV interventions in women

Ki Park, MD, MS, FSCAI