Use CT first to triage chest pain patients for revascularization
A "CT first" strategy is an effective way to determine if patients with stable chest pain need revascularization with invasive coronary angiography (ICA), researchers have found. The results could improve patient care by helping them avoid unnecessary ICA -- and could curb healthcare costs, said senior study author Markus Scherer, MD, of Atrium Health-Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC. The study findings were presented February 1 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Cardiovascular Summit, underway in Washington, DC."While care must be individualized, for patients with unknown or unestablished ...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 1, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Kate Madden Yee Tags: Subspecialties Cardiovascular Radiology Source Type: news

Eating Heart-Healthy Diet Before Cardiac Catheterization Is Safe
TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2024 -- For patients undergoing elective cardiac catheterization, eating a heart-healthy diet prior to the procedure poses no safety risk, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the American Journal of Critical Care.Carri... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 2, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How cardiac interventional radiographers promote better patient outcomes
Chris Schmidt.Cardiac interventional (CI) radiographers play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients during their procedure in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. They are skilled healthcare professionals who specialize in using imaging technology and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat various cardiac and vascular conditions. CI radiographers work closely with radiologists, vascular surgeons, and interventional cardiologists to perform procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, heart perfusion studies, and more. These procedures are often used to open blocked blood vessels, repair...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 23, 2023 Category: Radiology Tags: Radiologic Technologist Cardiovascular Radiology Interventional Radiology Source Type: news

Shimadzu installs latest cath lab technology
Shimadzu Medical Systems has installed the first Trinias SCORE Opera C12 angiography system in the U.S. at a cardiac catheterization lab in Beaufort, SC.The system was installed by Shimadzu's dealer partner, CMS Imaging of North Charleston, SC, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. The hospital recently expanded its cath lab and expects to perform approximately 650 heart procedures there each year, the company said.Trinias SCORE Opera C12 is an advanced ceiling-mounted angiography system with improved image quality that can help improve clinical decision-making while reducing radiation exposure and improving patient comfort, acco...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 13, 2023 Category: Radiology Authors: AuntMinnie.com staff writers Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

STEMI Complete Revascularization: No Point in Waiting
(MedPage Today) -- AMSTERDAM -- When it comes to timing the complete revascularization for heart attack patients with multivessel disease, treating multiple vessels in one session in the catheterization lab proved noninferior to staged angioplasty... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - August 28, 2023 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Same-Session PCI Rates'Surprisingly High'Same-Session PCI Rates'Surprisingly High '
In a large database, more than three-quarters of stable patients had percutaneous coronary intervention with the index catheterization, potentially without input from a heart team.MDedge News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 25, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Inflammation May Be the Culprit Behind Our Deadliest Diseases
In the early days of my medical residency, I met a man whom we’ll call Jason. He arrived to our emergency room on a holiday, nonchalant yet amiable, and complained of mild chest pain. Jason was tall and trim, with a strong South Boston accent and fingertips still faintly stained from his last home-improvement project. He was only 45 years old, but he looked much younger. He didn’t smoke, barely drank alcohol, and his cholesterol levels had always been normal. No one in his family had a history of heart disease. He asked us if we could work quickly—he wanted to be home for dinner with his daughters. [time-...
Source: TIME: Health - April 11, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shilpa Ravella Tags: Uncategorized freelance health Source Type: news

The ‘heart of the Triad’ gets better access to cardiovascular care as Novant Health opens new heart and vascular lab at Kernersville Medical Center (PHOTOS)
The lab will include eight patients room for pre- and post-procedural care. It will provide diagnostic catheterization and stenting procedures, which are designed to detect and clear blocked arteries around the heart, and implantation of cardiac rhythm devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 7, 2023 Category: American Health Authors: Lillian Johnson Source Type: news

Central venous catheter contamination rate in suspected sepsis patients - an observational clinical study
Conclusion: Although only a minority of CLABSI-suspect patients had positive blood cultures, the contamination rate of central venous catheters and administration set was high, possibly indicating a relevant under-reporting. The finding of identical species in adjacent segments underlines the role of upward or downward spread of microorganisms within the tubes, therefore aseptic tasks should be emphasized. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 14, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Worsens Clinical Outcomes of Right Ventricular Dysfunction Obesity Worsens Clinical Outcomes of Right Ventricular Dysfunction
Among patients who had right heart catheterization, obesity was consistently associated with right ventricle dysfunction and increased risks of death and heart failure hospitalization within 7 years.First Look (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - February 2, 2023 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Anesthesia Outside of the OR: Cause for Patient Safety Concerns?
(MedPage Today) -- Despite the growth in use of procedural suites outside of the operating room, non-OR anesthesia (NORA) care remains a troubling concern for patient safety, experts say. Non-OR procedure suites -- such as cardiac catheterization... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 13, 2023 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Atrium Health extends a cardiac lifeline to residents of Belize
More than 1 million cardiac catheterization procedures are performed each year in the U.S. to diagnose and treat common heart conditions including heart vessel blockages, irregular heartbeats or heart valve problems. It is a procedure often taken for granted. But imagine none of the medical facilities in the country where you live offered that procedure? That was the case in Belize, a Caribbean country on the northeastern coast of Central America with about 400,000 residents. Until 10 years ago, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 1, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Atrium Health Source Type: news

Hand Outcomes Similar With Distal or Proximal Radial Cardiac Cath Hand Outcomes Similar With Distal or Proximal Radial Cardiac Cath
The randomized DIPRA study reported comparable hand function 30 days after cardiac catheterization using either distal or proximal radial artery access.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - June 1, 2022 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Distal Radial Artery PCI Access Doesn't Hurt the Hand
(MedPage Today) -- ATLANTA -- Radial artery access for cardiac catheterization appeared similarly safe for the hand whether done proximally or distally, the randomized DIPRA trial showed. Overall change in 30-day hand function z-score declined... (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 19, 2022 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news