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Adoption of fluoroless catheter ablation may rise with proper training

June 23, 2017

Fluoroless catheter ablation, a technique used to treat arrhythmias that greatly reduces exposure to radiation, should be more widely used in the field of cardiology, according to some experts.

“The amount of fluoroscopy received by a patient during a routine [atrial fibrillation] ablation procedure is estimated to be the equivalent of the dose of radiation a patient would receive with 830 X-rays,” Bruce B. Lerman, MD, FHRS, H. Altschul master professor of medicine, chief of the division of cardiology and director of cardiac electrophysiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, said in a press release. “In our hands, the vast majority of AF patients do not require fluoroscopy, resulting in no radiation exposure to the patient or the electrophysiologist performing the procedure.”

FDA News

FDA approves BevyxXa for prevention of venous thromboembolism

June 23, 2017
The FDA granted approval to betrixaban for the prevention of venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism in acutely ill patients who are not undergoing surgery…
In the Journals

Metallic EES appear safer, more effective than first-generation BVS

June 23, 2017
Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds were linked to lower efficacy and higher thrombotic risk vs. everolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffolds at 2-year follow-up, according…
Meeting News

OCT-guided directional atherectomy system benefits patients with PAD at 2 years

June 23, 2017
An OCT-guided directional atherectomy system was safe and effective in patients with peripheral artery disease at 2 years, according to data from the VISION study. The…
Meeting News

Cardiac devices aid in identifying time, cause of death

June 23, 2017
Data extracted from pacemakers and other cardiac devices may assist in identifying time and cause of death when autopsy fails to do so, according to findings presented…
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Gene of the Month

Discovery of six new genetic risk variants predisposing to CAD

Cardiology Today, June 2017
Arlene Campillo, BS; Robert Roberts, MD, MACC, FRSC, FRCPC, LLD (Hon.)
Much work has been put in to discovering genetic variants predisposing to CAD since the first, 9p21, was discovered in…
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VIDEO: Merkel talks about biologics for giant cell arteritis

April 10, 2017
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American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session

American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session

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VIDEO: AHCA still faces 'uphill battle' in Senate, speaker says

May 4, 2017
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