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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 embolism from being tested using expensive imaging.

“We now know that such a diagnostic algorithm can safely rule out [pulmonary embolism] PE in patients with cancer, [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] COPD, age 76 years or older, previous [venous thromboembolism] VTE, and delayed presentation, as well as inpatients,” Nick van Es, MD, at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, and colleagues wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “However, the algorithm is less efficient in these subgroups than in the general population presenting with suspected PE.”

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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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Adding LAA excision to pulmonary vein isolation fails to improve AF recurrence

May 30, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO — In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, the addition of left atrial appendage excision to pulmonary vein isolation did not improve…
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