What's the best tool for post-TAVR imaging? | CCTA flags CAD in survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma | Study: Virtual doctor visits rising rapidly
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August 13, 2014
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What's the best tool for post-TAVR imaging?
In patients who have undergone transcatheter aortic valve replacement, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging may be better than echocardiography for measuring aortic regurgitation, according to a report in the journal Heart. The study found that echo evaluation tended to underestimate aortic regurgitation severity, with MR better able to identify moderate cases. Both modalities were able to rule out severe regurgitation. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (8/8)
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CCTA flags CAD in survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma
Coronary artery disease was discovered in 39% of adult survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma through the use of coronary CT angiography, according to a study by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The study's 31 survivors had a median age of 40 and were a median of 24 years post-diagnosis. "Coronary computed tomography angiography may offer an effective noninvasive tool for the management of at-risk cancer survivors, permitting the identification of those who might benefit from lifestyle and/or medication interventions and those for whom lower levels of monitoring may be appropriate," said Dr. Daniel Mulrooney. Healio (free registration)/HemOnc Today (8/8)
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Diabetes, hypertension add to cardiovascular risk for blacks, women
A population-based study in the journal Circulation examined the individual and combined effects of five major risk factors for heart disease: smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. Researchers found blood pressure and diabetes had a greater effect in driving up stroke and heart attack risks for women and blacks from 1987 to 1998. HealthDay News (8/11)
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Digoxin may raise mortality risk in AFib patients, study finds
Researchers looked at the records of 122,000 U.S. veterans with atrial fibrillation and found that those who took digoxin had a more than 20% greater risk of dying than those who used other drugs to treat their heart condition. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, failed to establish a causal link between digoxin and death. HealthDay News (8/11)
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Narrow provider networks take hold
Narrow provider networks have taken hold under the Affordable Care Act, and the trend is likely to continue, according to Dr. Robert Galvin, CEO at benefits advisory firm Equity Healthcare. Network performance is becoming a primary consideration in employer choice of network, Galvin says. Kaiser Health News (8/13)
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Physician networks not a priority for insurance regulators
State insurance regulators will focus more on ensuring health plan quality than on the makeup of physician networks, according to Wisconsin insurance commissioner Ted Nickel, who leads a National Association of Insurance Commissioners task force. The task force is working on a new rule for states to use to regulate physician networks in insurance plans that are part of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/11)
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