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May 13, 2015
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Study: Men may delay high cholesterol by staying active
Researchers found that men with the highest physical activity levels didn't develop high cholesterol levels until their mid-40s, while those with lower fitness levels were at an increased risk for high cholesterol in their early 30s. The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, were based on more than 11,400 men, ages 20 to 90, followed from 1970 to 2006. HealthDay News (5/11)
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CVD risk better determined using waist-to-height ratio
Using waist-to-height ratio measurements as a primary screening tool for cardiovascular disease risk related to obesity provided more accurate and efficient results than using body mass index, according to a study presented at the European Obesity Conference. Researchers looked at 2,917 individuals aged 16 and older and found higher levels of cholesterol and HbA1C among those with low or average BMI but with a high waist-to-height ratio, compared with those who had high BMI but a low waist-to-height ratio. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (5/11)
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Smoking cessation tied to better outcomes after angioplasty
Researchers found 21% of angioplasty patients who quit smoking experienced chest pain a year after treatment, while 19% of those who didn't smoke when treated and 31% of patients who continued smoking had chest pain a year later. The findings, which appeared in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, underscore the value of smoking cessation, even when a blockage has been addressed, according to senior author and cardiologist Dr. John Spertus. HealthDay News (5/12)
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Study assesses dual anti-clotting therapy with ticagrelor
Patients who received ticagrelor and low-dose aspirin for up to three years following a heart attack had a 15% reduced rate of recurrent heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death compared with those treated with aspirin alone, according to a 21,000-patient study in The New England Journal of Medicine. A 2.5% rate of major bleeding was observed with ticagrelor treatment, compared with 1% for aspirin alone. Pulse Today (U.K.) (5/7)
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White House to require monthly network updates for exchange-sold plans
Health insurers selling plans through a publicly run exchange will be required to update provider network directories monthly in a format that allows software developers to design search tools for consumers, federal health officials said. The Obama administration is also considering linking an out-of-pocket cost calculator to the federally run exchange. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/8)
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ICD-10 end-to-end testing application period extended
Providers can submit applications for the July 20 to 24 ICD-10 end-to-end testing through May 22. The CMS extended the deadline to apply. About 850 volunteers will be chosen to take part in the testing. Health Data Management (5/11)
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HHS, USDA devote nearly $1B to advancing rural health IT
HHS has announced that, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it has supported a White House effort to advance health IT in rural areas with close to $1 billion in investments. The White House Rural Council program was established in 2011. The funding was used for telemedicine initiatives, health information exchanges and EHR adoption in 13 states. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/11)
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Complimentary webinar: The Appropriate Use of Cardiac Imaging: What, Why, and How?
ASNC, in collaboration with AIM Specialty Health, brings you a complimentary webinar -- The Appropriate Use of Cardiac Imaging: What, Why, and How? -- on May 28 at noon ET. This one-hour webinar is designed to increase learners' competence on the applications of appropriate use criteria. Choosing the right cardiac imaging test for the right patient at the right time will reduce the rate of inappropriate tests. ASNC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Register.
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Start planning for ASNC2015 with our preliminary program
ASNC 2015
The 20th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology will be held Sept. 17-20 in Washington, D.C. With our newly released ASNC2015 preliminary program, you can review program tracks, schedule-by-day, learning objectives, credit eligibility, invited faculty, board exam prep course details and much more. Plus: New this year, an opportunity for audience response during case-based sessions focused on concepts fundamental to the practice of nuclear cardiology with expert panelists. See the ASNC2015 preliminary program.
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