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
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.)
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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.
Start planning for ASNC2015 with our preliminary program
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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