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DEB safe, effective for treatment of side branches in bifurcation lesions

February 12, 2016

Use of a new drug-eluting balloon in the side branch after deployment of a drug-eluting stent yielded a low rate of late lumen loss and restenosis at the side branch ostium, according to 6-month angiographic follow-up results of the DEBSIDE trial.

The prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter study included 52 patients with de novo bifurcation lesions at eight centers in France. Between May 2012 and July 2016, all patients underwent DES placement (Nile PAX stent) followed by final DEB inflation (Danubio Balloon, Minvasys), based on size of the side branch. Eligible participants were aged older than 18 years, with clinical evidence of ischemic heart disease, stable/unstable angina with signs of ischemia, silent functional ischemia or a positive functional test. Required lesion length was 6 mm or smaller in the side branch; and the reference vessel diameter had to be 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm for the main branch and 2 mm to 3 mm for the side branch.

CMS extends 2015 EHR meaningful use attestation deadline

February 12, 2016
CMS has extended the deadline to attest to meaningful use of electronic health records for 2015, according to an email from the agency.Providers in the Medicare &…
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Echocardiography may be underutilized during critical CV hospitalizations

February 12, 2016
Despite an increase of use in recent years, echocardiography may still be underutilized during critical CV hospitalizations, according to data published in the Journal

Senate Health Committee passes Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015

February 12, 2016
The Senate Health Committee passed the “Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015” (S. 849)” on Tuesday, which will establish a national…
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Efforts to improve CHD risk-factor control may reduce racial, ethnic disparities

February 12, 2016
In a study of more than 1.3 million patients in the Kaiser Permanente Health System in Northern California, Asian, black and Hispanic adults had lower risk for CHD…
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