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Mortality risk similar for carotid stenting, endarterectomy in Medicare patients

May 3, 2016

Among Medicare beneficiaries with carotid artery stenosis, stenting and endarterectomy had comparable risk for mortality and other outcomes after adjustment for patient and provider factors, according to new data.

CMS does not cover carotid artery stenting (CAS) for Medicare beneficiaries unless they are symptomatic, are at high risk for surgery and have a high-grade stenosis, so the researchers aimed to establish the effectiveness of CAS compared with carotid endarterectomy in a Medicare-eligible population.

In the Journals

Improving evidence base around carotid testing may reduce use of low-value imaging

April 18, 2016
Clarification of current guidelines and development of decision support tools may improve the evidence base around carotid testing and reduce the use of low-value…
Meeting News Coverage

Papillary muscle surgery may benefit patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation

April 17, 2016
CHICAGO — Patients with severe ischemic mitral regurgitation who underwent surgery were more likely to experience favorable left ventricular modeling and mitral…
In the Journals

STEMI treatment disparities persist for patients with severe mental illness

April 12, 2016
Patients with severe mental illness are less likely to receive revascularization therapies for treatment of STEMI, according to a recent study published in the American
In the Journals

Mortality risk similar for carotid stenting, endarterectomy in Medicare patients

May 3, 2016
Among Medicare beneficiaries with carotid artery stenosis, stenting and endarterectomy had comparable risk for mortality and other outcomes after…

In the Journals

Improving evidence base around carotid testing may reduce use of low-value imaging

April 18, 2016
Clarification of current guidelines and development of decision support tools may improve the evidence base around carotid testing and reduce the use…

Meeting News Coverage

Papillary muscle surgery may benefit patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation

April 17, 2016
CHICAGO — Patients with severe ischemic mitral regurgitation who underwent surgery were more likely to experience favorable left ventricular…

In the Journals

STEMI treatment disparities persist for patients with severe mental illness

April 12, 2016
Patients with severe mental illness are less likely to receive revascularization therapies for treatment of STEMI, according to a recent study…

Meeting News Coverage

Adding mitral valve repair to CABG does not improve outcomes in patients with moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation

April 11, 2016
CHICAGO — Compared with CABG alone, CABG plus surgical mitral valve repair did not improve outcomes in patients with moderate ischemic mitral…

Meeting News Coverage

Self-expanding TAVR system shows 3-year positive outcomes in high-risk patients

April 10, 2016
CHICAGO — At 3 years, a self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement system was associated with more positive outcomes than surgery in…

Meeting News Coverage

Rate, rhythm control strategies both effective in treating postoperative AF

April 8, 2016
CHICAGO —Both rate and rhythm control strategies are safe and effective for patients in atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery, according to…

Meeting News CoverageVideo

VIDEO: Expert highlights top takeaways from long-term follow-up of STICH trial

April 8, 2016
CHICAGO — In this video exclusive, Gregg W. Stone, MD, discusses new 10-year data from the STICH trial and future directions for CABG compared…

Trial Scorecards

Trial Scorecard: ATACAS

Cardiology Today, April 2016
Trial to determine if aspirin should be stopped before coronary artery surgery.

Meeting News Coverage

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

April 3, 2016
CHICAGO — Researchers reported that transcatheter aortic valve replacement with the newest-generation balloon-expandable system was superior to…

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