In patients with critical limb ischaemia (CLI) due to chronic total occlusions in the infrapopliteal region, drug-coated balloon (DCB) angioplasty was associated with a lower rate of late lumen loss compared with the standard balloon angioplasty – percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), according to the results of the IN.PACT below-the-knee (BTK) feasibility study presented at TCT 2020.
Elderly patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) aged ≥80 years who cannot receive oral anticoagulants at recommended doses may do well instead on low-dose edoxaban, which prevents stroke without increasing the incidence of bleeding, according to the results of the phase III ELDERCARE-AF trial.
Treatment with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after PCI* can safely be shortened to 1 or 3 months without raising ischaemic risk in select patients with high bleeding risk, according to the XIENCE 90/28 trials presented at TCT 2020.
The recent National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019 revealed diabetes is on the uptrend, with about 18.3 percent of persons above the age of 18 being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This amounts to about 3.9 million persons living with diabetes in the country.
Using mobile health (mHealth) devices to screen for atrial fibrillation (AF) comes with steep upfront costs but can reduce the incidence of stroke, according to a recent study. Such technology bears more benefit for high-risk patients, as defined by the CHA2DS2-VASc* score.
Initiation of sacubitril-valsartan combo during hospitalization in Asian patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) appears to lead to a higher incidence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and treatment discontinuation when compared with starting the patients on the drug as an outpatient, according to real-world data.
Practising yoga for 30 minutes at least thrice weekly reduces patient-reported symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF) — bringing to light a potential noninvasive, medication-free intervention for managing a costly disease that is AF.
Diabetes is a key risk factor for heart failure (HF), which is the leading cause of hospitalization in patients with or without diabetes. SGLT-2* inhibitors (SGLT-2is) have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization for HF (HHF) regardless of the presence or absence of diabetes.
The substitution of isoleucine to leucine at amino acid 97 (I97L) in the core region of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) seems to reduce its potency, decreasing the efficiency of both infection and the synthesis of the virus’ covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA, reports a new study presented at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD 2020).