3D TEE best for monitoring Lariat patients for leaks, study finds
Atrial leaks occurred in 20% of patients within one year of treatment with SentreHeart's Lariat device used to close off the left atrial appendage, according to a study from the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. Of 99 patients in the study, three suffered neurological events due to a leak. The researchers noted that 3D transesophageal echocardiogram is better at identifying the leaks than 2D TEE and that the 3D approach should be used for patient monitoring. The findings were discussed at a meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society. MassDevice.com (Boston)
Study: Pulmonary valve implant improves outcomes
Most patients who received the Melody valve during transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement experienced improved hemodynamic and clinical outcomes, according to a study published in Circulation. The researchers monitored 148 Melody valve recipients over 4.5 years using echocardiograms, radiographs and stress tests. In the short term, 140 of the patients had no pulmonary regurgitation and long term, 37 patients required right ventricular outflow tract reintervention and 14 patients had cardiac or blood infections. CardiovascularBusiness.com
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AMA supports bill to stop ICD-10 transition
The American Medical Association has expressed its support for the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, proposed by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, that would stop HHS from implementing the ICD-10 codes. Dr. Steven Stack, the AMA's incoming president, said that ICD-10 problems are substantial enough that ICD-10 should not be rolled out. He suggested that the industry wait for ICD-11 and transition to the codes properly. Healthcare Finance News
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