ORBIT-AF Registry: INR Metrics Associated with Bleeding but Not Ischemia

Among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with warfarin, clinical risk scores for major bleeding and thrombotic events were more strongly associated with future clinical events than any International Normalized Ratio (INR) metrics for warfarin control. A post hoc analysis of ORBIT-AF study by Dr. Pokorney et al, published in JAMA Cardiology, revealed. Continue reading

STS/ACC TVT Registry: Higher Volume Associated with Better TAVR Outcomes

Recent updates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintain the volume requirements of the transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) programs to qualify for reimbursement. In corroborate with the CMS updates, the latest data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American College of Cardiology (STS/ACC) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry by Dr. Sreekanth Vemulapalli et al., published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed lower 30-day mortality at hospitals with a high procedural volume.

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PROMISE Trial: High-Sensitivity Troponins May Assist in Detecting Obstructive CAD in Symptomatic Outpatients

Increasing concentrations of hsTnI are significantly associated with the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) among stable outpatients with chest pain, an analysis of PROMISE trial indicates.  The study, conducted by Prof. James Januzzi et al., is recently published in the June 1, 2019, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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