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January 22, 2013
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  • Review ties erectile dysfunction to increased heart, death risks
    The odds of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality are higher among individuals with erectile dysfunction compared with those without ED, an analysis by researchers in Greece found. Men with ED were also more likely to suffer from myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular problems, according to the review of 16 studies. The analysis was published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • STEMI guidelines emphasize that seconds count
    The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation's updated guidelines for the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction aim to streamline care and save valuable time. The guidelines recommend a first medical contact-to-device time of 90 minutes or less, as well as the use of therapeutic hypothermia in cases of cardiac arrest and EKGs performed by EMTs for quicker diagnosis. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.C. STEMI program improves care for heart attack patients
    A North Carolina program that encourages ambulances to deliver patients with an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction directly to hospitals that perform stent procedures has improved patient care, according to a study in Circulation. Study data showed 46% of patients taken to a stent-ready hospital had surgery within 90 minutes of being seen by paramedics, compared with less than 22% of those taken to a hospital that was not equipped to do the procedure. Reuters (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey finds cardiology practices moving toward integration
    More than half of U.S. cardiology practices have moved to integrate with hospital systems or are in the midst of doing so, according to a survey from MedAxiom. Fifty-three percent of cardiology groups have completed the process, up from less than 20% in 2010, with an additional 14% working to integrate with a health system. Only 3% of respondents say they will never consider joining a hospital system. The trend means fewer choices for patients, but providers gain negotiation power with payers, Beth Kassab writes. (1/17), Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS updates HIPAA rules
    HHS updated HIPAA rules to limit the use and disclosure of protected health information for fundraising and marketing, prohibit the unauthorized sale of protected health data, broaden patients' rights to restrict disclosure of health information, prohibit insurers from using or sharing genetic data for underwriting and replace the standard of "harm" under the HITECH Act's breach notification rule, among other changes. Government Health IT online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Developments 
  • Registry analysis finds similar outcomes for TAVR devices
    An analysis of the PRAGMATIC registry of transcatheter aortic valve replacement cases found little difference in outcomes between the Sapien/Sapien XT and CoreValve devices except that permanent pacemakers were more often needed with the CoreValve device, according to findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The analysis assessed 30-day and one-year outcomes for the devices in 793 patients. SCAI President Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall said clinicians are likely aware of the pacemaker issue, but he said it does not occur in many patients. "The need for a permanent pacemaker implantation is not something that's associated with a lot of complications in and of itself, so it's not that great an issue, although there is an extra cost, obviously," Marshall said. (Montreal) (free registration) (1/17), (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Quality is job #1 at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions
    The SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions is shaping up to be one of the most important and exciting events in Interventional Cardiology. Taking place in Orlando, Fla., May 8-11, SCAI 2013 will feature a new, foundational Quality Track unmatched by any other national meeting in cardiology. The Quality Track is a natural extension of Interventional Cardiology's commitment to quality and optimal patient care and to SCAI's mission of supporting practitioners in their delivery of quality patient care, data collection and self-evaluation, says Program Chair Morton Kern, MD, FSCAI. "Attendees will learn the latest news, specifics on how to be a quality and safety champion in the cath lab, and how to stay ahead of the curve in today's challenging health care climate." Learn more about the Quality Track at SCAI 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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