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February 13, 2013
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  • Congenital conditions can resurface, making monitoring essential
    Thanks to advances in care, many young adults who were treated as children for congenital heart defects go on to live normal lives, but they still need to be seen by a cardiologist, said Dr. Doff McElhinney of NYU Langone Medical Center, who recently found a faulty valve in his patient Jane Lee. Lee, who first noticed something amiss when training for a marathon, needed a pulmonary valve replacement. "There's all sorts of situations in which people born with congenital heart disease need to have things done as they get older," McElhinney said. ABC News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Following sodium limits would save thousands of lives
    Cutting back on sodium intake from current levels to 2,300 milligrams a day -- the upper end of the federal guideline -- could save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next 10 years, according to research published in the journal Hypertension. Even a more gradual reduction in salt content among restaurant and processed foods could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives in 10 years, mainly by reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Low cost, high satisfaction seen with online consults
    A study in Health Affairs found online consultation for routine health issues showed similar efficacy to that of standard care while leading to lower costs and high patient satisfaction. Online medical consultations also showed episode resolution rates comparable to those of convenience clinics, researchers said. InformationWeek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. readmission rates show little improvement, report finds
    A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found readmission rates in the U.S. did not show significant progress between 2008 and 2010. Researchers also noted regional variation in 30-day readmissions, with readmission rates following postsurgical discharge as low as 7.6% in Bend, Ore., and as high as 18.3% in Bronx, N.Y. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group releases recommendations for better post-discharge care
    The American Medical Association has released five patient safety principles for transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient care. "[P]atients leaving the hospital too often return to ambulatory care settings that are not well connected to the hospital team and this can result in inefficient, confusing and sometimes unsafe conditions," the report's authors wrote. Evaluating patient health, setting goals, supporting self-management and managing medications were among the responsibilities outlined in the report. HealthLeaders Media (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama vows to contain health spending in State of the Union
    President Barack Obama promised to seek to further reduce health care spending while praising the Affordable Care Act during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. "We'll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors," Obama said. "We'll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare." The Huffington Post (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Membership Matters
    ASNC would like to thank all of the members who have renewed their membership for 2013. If you have not renewed yet, please go online today so that you will continue to receive the many valuable benefits of belonging to ASNC, including the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Nuclear cardiology is a specialized field -- the education, advocacy and standards of care all create a need for a Society that represents the cardiovascular imaging professional. Membership matters. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Image Wisely
    Image Wisely, ASNC and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Technologist Section have created online educational materials to help providers use the lowest radiopharmaceutical dose necessary to perform nuclear medicine exams. We strongly urge physicians, medical physicists and imaging technologists to visit ImageWisely.org to review these materials and use the information in their clinical practice. The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America formed the Joint Task Force on Adult Radiation Protection to address concerns about the surge of public exposure to ionizing radiation from medical imaging. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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