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Drug-coated balloon shows promise for treatment of infrapopliteal artery lesions

May 31, 2016

Treatment with a drug-coated balloon yielded favorable safety and efficacy outcomes among patients with infrapopliteal artery lesions in a single-center retrospective study.

The researchers reviewed data from 208 patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease treated with a DCB (Lutonix, Bard/Lutonix) between May 2013 and October 2014 (mean age, 74.1 years; 138 men). The cohort included patients with critical limb ischemia (61.4% of patients) or severe claudication (38.6%) in 220 limbs. The majority of treated lesions (63.6%) were total occlusions, and 46.4% of patients had ischemia of category 5 at baseline.

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Age-adjusted D-dimer testing safely reduces use of PE imaging compared to fixed D-dimer testing

May 31, 2016
Compared with fixed D-dimer testing, a recent analysis showed an age-adjusted D-dimer testing algorithm safely prevented 5% more patients with suspected pulmonary…
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CVD events often occur before age 65 years in both sexes

May 31, 2016
Half of CVD events in men and nearly one-third of CVD events in women are occurring before age 65 years, according to findings of a research letter published in JAMA
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Digital health intervention fails to lower MI risk in South Asians

May 31, 2016
A digital health intervention does not lower MI risk in people of South Asian descent, according to data published in JAMA Cardiology. Sonia S. Anand, MD, PhD
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Many patients skip recommended medications after CABG

May 31, 2016
Nearly half of patients who underwent CABG did not take necessary statins and aspirin afterward, according to data published in the American Journal of
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