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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.

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Risk-reduction program improves outcomes for patients with symptomatic PAD

May 2, 2016
Patients with peripheral artery disease who participated in an education program focused on guideline-recommended reduction of risk factors experienced lower rates of…
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Biventricular pacing confers improved HF status, quality of life in patients with atrioventricular block

May 2, 2016
Biventricular pacing was associated with better quality of life and HF status in patients with atrioventricular block and systolic dysfunction compared with right…
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VIDEO: LAA occlusion device safe, effective in regulatory study

May 2, 2016
CHICAGO — At the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session, David Holmes, MD, of Mayo Clinic, discusses real-world findings related to a left atrial…
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FDA approves single-chamber ICDs to detect, monitor AF

May 2, 2016
Medtronic announced that the FDA approved its single-chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillators with the capability to detect and monitor new-onset, asymptomatic…
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Cardiovascular Event Reduction: A Closer Look at Secondary Prevention in 2015

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

The prevention of thrombotic cardiovascular disease–the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United…
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VIDEO: Expert discusses results from HOPE-3 trial

April 27, 2016
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Highlights from ACC Scientific Session

Highlights from ACC Scientific Session

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VIDEO: Vascular disease risks vary by sex

April 29, 2016
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