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December 24, 2012
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  • Few Americans have ideal heart health, data show
    Only 3% of Americans have ideal cardiovascular health, while 10% have poor heart health, according to research reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The conclusions are based on a survey of 350,000 Americans who reported on metrics including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and diabetes. The percentage of heart-healthy respondents was lowest in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi and highest in Washington, D.C., Vermont and Virginia. Healio/Cardiology Today (12/19), (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 big cardiovascular advances of 2012
    A study supporting longer-duration cardiopulmonary resuscitation topped a list of 2012's 10 biggest research advances in cardiovascular health as chosen by the American Heart Association. Also on the list were studies on the use of renal denervation to treat high blood pressure, the link between obesity and sugary drinks, and the relative merits of coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stents. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Less is better when it comes to aspirin after heart procedure
    Higher doses of aspirin were associated with greater bleeding risks but not better ischemia outcomes, according to an analysis of data on 2,851 people treated with percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions examined data from the HORIZONS-AMI trial. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey finds some Americans turn to health technology over doctor
    According to a survey by Royal Philips Electronics, 27% of Americans surveyed use interactive, Internet-based tools instead of seeing a doctor, while a quarter said they had utilized home-based diagnostic tools or symptom checker websites as much as they had seen a doctor. Eleven percent of respondents credited online health resources with saving their lives or preventing serious incapacitation. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • More hospitals, providers receive EHR incentive payments
    Three-quarters of eligible hospitals and one-third of doctors and other eligible professionals have received incentive payments for EHR system adoption, data from CMS reveal. A total of $9.3 billion has been released since the incentive program launched, with $6.1 billion going to eligible hospitals and $3.1 billion directed to doctors and other eligible professionals, the agency's November report shows. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA offers updates on new IVD and radiological health office
    The new Office of In Vitro Diagnostics & Radiological Health at the FDA's device center will be charged with overseeing laboratory and in-home diagnostics, radiation-emitting nontherapeutic products and radiological medical technologies. The revamped office also will be tasked with enforcing the Mammography Quality Program launched in 1992, according to the FDA. (Boston) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASNC News 
  • Wishing you a peaceful holiday season
    ASNC would like to wish all of its members and SmartBrief readers a peaceful and restful holiday season. We appreciate the work you do to keep your patients safe and thank you profusely for all that you do. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASNC offices closed until 2013
    The ASNC offices will be closed from 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The ASNC staff thanks you for your understanding while we spend this week with our loved ones. We look forward to connecting and working with you in 2013! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Edith Sitwell,
British poet and critic

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