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December 10, 2012
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  • PET MPI boosts risk prediction in coronary disease
    A mildly abnormal stress rubidium-82 PET MPI test is linked to a 2.3 times higher risk of cardiac death compared with a normal test, indicating that PET MPI screening can boost the accuracy of risk determination in patients with coronary disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study reviewed outcomes from 7,061 patients at four centers. The evaluation of the extent of ischemia and scar added to cardiac death risk reclassification in one in every nine patients in the study who had clinical PET MPI, researchers said. (Montreal) (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Sleep apnea's heart risk comparable to that of diabetes in study
    People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea have similar early endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness as patients with diabetes, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, a small study found. "Our study is a signal for cardiologists, pneumologists and general practitioners to work together to actively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, administer the appropriate treatment (continuous positive airway pressure -- CPAP) and assess arterial function," researcher Dr. Raluca Mincu said. The findings were to be presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher atherosclerosis risk seen in children with HIV
    Data on 300 youths showed those who were HIV-positive were more than twice as likely to develop signs of atherosclerosis compared with their healthier peers, raising their risk of heart attack. "Cardiovascular disease has already put down roots in children and adolescents with HIV, and we need to take preventive measures at this early stage. We should be more aggressive in treating their high cholesterol with medication -- this practice is common in adults but rare in children," researcher Dr. Talia Sainz Costa said. The findings were being presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama administration set to implement HEU reduction plan
    The Obama administration on Jan. 1 is set to implement a Medicare payment system that will add $10 in government reimbursement for every diagnostic test conducted by hospitals and other facilities without the use of highly enriched uranium-based isotopes. Health care industry officials said the modification may be insufficient to cover costs in shifting to non-HEU isotope production, and officials with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology said the explanation of the $10 calculation was lacking. Last week, the Senate approved an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that would start the process of ending U.S. exports of HEU material to isotope producers in other countries. Global Security Newswire (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. senator seeks "fiscally responsible" way to repeal device tax
    Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is in talks with state business leaders to find viable ways to compensate for the estimated $30 billion in revenue from the impending 2.3% medical device tax, which she hopes to get repealed. "My number one priority is getting North Carolina back to work, and I believe that increasing the number of these good-paying jobs will be essential to our state's economic security," she said. (Boston) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASNC News 
  • ASNC2013 Call for Abstracts will open Feb. 4, 2013
    The ASNC2013 Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts beginning Feb. 4, 2013. Plan now to submit your original scientific investigation for presentation at the 18th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. The online submission process will be open from Feb. 4, 2013-April 4, 2013, so mark your calendars today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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