Study: Coronary microvascular dysfunction helps predict CVD risk | Web-based tutorial may benefit patients undergoing FDG-PET/CT imaging | Study links HbA1C to coronary artery disease risk
August 15, 2018
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Study: Coronary microvascular dysfunction helps predict CVD risk
Researchers found that although coronary microvascular dysfunction, or impaired coronary flow reserve, identified with cardiac stress PET testing and body mass index had value in predicting cardiovascular disease risk among patients without obstructive coronary artery disease, only CFR boosted model differentiation and had an independent link with CVD events in fully adjusted analyses. The findings showed significantly increased odds of CVD events only among obese patients with impaired CFR, especially those without extreme obesity.
Cardiovascular Business online (8/10) 
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Web-based tutorial may benefit patients undergoing FDG-PET/CT imaging
More individuals who received a web-based tutorial on F-18 FDG-PET/CT imaging in addition to written information about the procedure before undergoing the scan reported that they knew "quite a lot" or "very much" about PET/CT scans and how they are administered, compared with those who received standard care, while overall patient satisfaction was high in both groups, Swedish researchers reported in a study. The findings suggest that the tutorial may help optimize F-18 FDG-PET/CT scans, but more studies involving a larger sample of patients are needed, researchers said.
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Report: Better nutrition is needed for CVD prevention
Eating a healthy diet is important to cardiovascular disease prevention but there are barriers to good nutrition that can be addressed through a variety of policy initiatives, such as taxes on certain foods, economic incentives for healthy food production and food marketing regulation, according to a review. "Health professionals and community leaders have a great responsibility to promote cardiovascular health and disease prevention but require a basic nutrition knowledge base," the authors wrote.
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Echocardiography depicts how preeclampsia damages the heart
Echocardiography showed that preeclampsia hinders the heart from relaxing between contractions and hurts blood pumping, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Women with severe preeclampsia had higher contraction pressures in the right ventricle, irregular periods between contractions and changes in heart shape, compared with women who did not have the condition, and some patients also had peripartum pulmonary edema.
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Policy experts say value-based payment is moving forward
Accountable care organizations and other value-based payment models are increasing in the US, policy experts wrote in a Health Affairs blog, and there is no longer a question of whether the CMS will continue to support value-based payments. "Public and private payers could refine payment models to provide a clearer path to success in taking on some financial risk and create a more coherent set of complementary payment reforms," the authors wrote.
Health Affairs (8/14) 
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CMS chief urges insurers to open access to claims data
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency will make claims data accessible to the public through the Blue Button 2.0 application programming interface. Speaking at the Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference, Verma urged health insurers to follow the CMS' lead and release their claims data in an API format.
Healthcare IT News (8/13) 
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Walk & Learn with ASNC's past presidents!
Walk & Learn with ASNC's past presidents!
Explore fabulous San Francisco attractions while you discuss new nuclear cardiology developments at ASNC2018 with some of ASNC's past presidents and earn continuing education credits! Choose from Local Tastes of the City Food & Wine (1 CME credit) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Tours (1 CME credit) on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8 (25-person limit each). Learn more.
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Top 10 reasons to attend ASNC2018
Top 10 reasons to attend ASNC2018
ASNC has provided 10 reasons to join your colleagues Sept. 6-9 in San Francisco for its 23rd Annual Scientific Session, with a special celebration of ASNC's 25th anniversary and the dynamic past, present and future of nuclear cardiology.
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