The use of 3D printing prior to transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures may help cardiac surgeons to predict areas where an ill-fitting stent frame could lead to paravalvular leaks (PVLs), a small retrospective study has shown.
Neither intravenous (IV) sodium bicarbonate nor oral N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is better than IV saline in reducing 90-day events or contrast-associated acute kidney injury (AKI) in the PRESERVE substudy, suggesting that normal saline hydration is the default therapy for contrast-induced AKI.
The hybrid approach to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) yielded good success rates in the hands of experienced operators, the PROGRESS CTO* Registry study has shown, offering important benchmarking for discussion of the risk-benefit ratio of CTO PCI.
Transcatheter mitral valve repair with the MitraClip device significantly improves the severity of mitral regurgitation (MR), functional status, and quality of life of patients with MR and who were at prohibitive risk for surgery, according to the MitraClip Post-Approval Study 1 (PAS1) presented at SCAI 2018.
Biologic therapy for treating psoriasis, in particular anti-TNF agents, can also help reduce coronary plaque besides suppressing inflammation in the skin, suggests a study presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2018 Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California, US.
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Nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) appear to confer more clinical benefits to elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) than vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants (VKAs), suggests a study, adding that this is primarily driven by the lower rates of major bleeding.
In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) naïve to oral anticoagulants (OACs), standard-dose nonvitamin K antagonist OACs (NOACs) provides better survival benefits than warfarin, a recent meta-analysis has shown.
Use of diclofenac, a traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) selectivity similar to COX-2 inhibitors, is associated with higher cardiovascular health risk compared with nonuse, paracetamol use and use of other traditional NSAIDs, a recent study has shown.