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Publication Review: Amin Analysis on Impella and IABP

Review of Trends, Variation and Outcomes in Impella® Use Dr. Seth Bilazarian, Abiomed’s Chief Medical Officer...

Top Cardiogenic Shock Treatment Objectives and Device Options

What is Cardiogenic Shock? Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart can no longer...

Clinical Paper: Beyond Reperfusion by Jerry Curran

Acute Ventricular Unloading and Cardioprotection During MI Jerry Curran PhD, Senior Scientist at Abio...

Impella Support Pre-PCI for AMICS is Associated with Higher Survival in Women

Reference: J Interven Cardiol 2016; 29:248–256. Card...

PCI vs CABG in Patients with Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery Disease

Key TakeawaysThis meta-analysis evaluated 6 randomized controlled trials to determin...

Hospitalization Outcomes Among Nonagenarians Undergoing PCI after AMI

Key TakeawaysElderly patients between ages 90 and 99 have a high risk for mortality...

Long-Term Outcomes of PCI Among Elderly and Very Elderly Patients

Key TakeawaysAssessed outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) among eld...

Utility of the PAPi for Risk Stratification in the Setting of Acute Inferior Wall Myocardial Infarction

Key TakeawaysThe presence of RV dysfunction increases the risk of CS, high-grade AV-...

Early Invasive Strategy vs Selective Invasive Strategy: Long-Term Follow-Up Data from ICTUS

Key TakeawaysAccording to an analysis of the ICTUS trial, there is no significant lo...

Impella 2.5® Device Support Prior to Unprotected Left Main PCI is Associated with Improved Survival Among AMICS Patients

Key TakeawaysIn the setting of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) cardiogenic shock (...

Risk Stratification for CS After AMI

Key TakeawaysThis substudy of the IABP-SHOCK II trial sought to develop an easy-to-u...

Successful CTO PCI Associated with Increased Survival

Key TakeawaysCriticism of successful CTO PCI exists, particularly in regard to its e...

Changes in Public Reporting and Their Impact on Treatment and Outcomes of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Key TakeawaysPublic reporting of mortality outcomes for coronary revascularization h...

Decreased PA Pulse Pressure After PA Catheter Optimization

Key TakeawaysThere are few studies that demonstrate the full impact of pulmonary art...

The Effect of LVAD Unloading on Cardiac Recovery in Patients with Ischemic and Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy

Key TakeawaysMyocardial function improvement following mechanical unloading with dur...

Managing Shock at the “Battlefront” of Surgery

Key TakeawaysDr. Alexander Truesdell of the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute discu...

Clinical Options for Minimizing Contrast Exposure and Reducing Contrast-Induced Kidney Injury Risk

Key TakeawaysContrast-induced acute kidney injury caused by iodinated contrast mediu...

Mortality Related to Periprocedural Myocardial Injury in CTO-PCI

Key TakeawaysPeriprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI) is more prevalent in patient...

Safety and Efficacy of PCI with DES vs CABG for Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery Stenosis

Key TakeawaysThere are conflicting data regarding the benefit of percutaneous corona...

The Impact of Coronary Artery Calcium on Post-PCI Outcomes

Key TakeawaysResearchers examined the impact of coronary artery calcium on post-PCI...

Trends in Cardiovascular Care: Data from the NCDR® Registries

In an effort to improve care quality for patients receiving cardiovascular-related therapies and procedures, the American Colle...

CTO Impact on the Long-Term Prognosis of Ischemic Systolic Heart Failure

Key TakeawaysPrevious studies indicate the presence of chronic total occlusion (CTO)...

CABG SYNTAX for Predicting Post-PCI Events in CAD Patients with Previous CABG

Key TakeawaysThe coronary artery bypass (CABG) SYNTAX score (CSS) was studied to det...

Outcome Differences Among Genders Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Key TakeawaysGender disparities exist in the treatment of patients with cardiovascul...

Impact of PCI vs No PCI Before CABG on Short- and Long-Term Survival

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a typical treatment of choice for coronary heart disease (CHD) patients who have previ...

The Residual SYNTAX Score and Its Impact on Predicting In-Hospital Outcomes in PCI Patients

Key TakeawaysThe SYNTAX score is an angiographic instrument commonly used to grade c...

Optimizing Cardiovascular Care in Accordance with the Body’s Internal “Clock”

Key TakeawaysTiming medical therapy to the body’s circadian rhythms may play a key r...

Long-Term Outcomes of 30-Day All-Cause Heart Failure Rehospitalization

Key TakeawaysHeart failure rehospitalization is common among patients aged ≥65 years...

The Impact of Public Reporting for Cardiogenic Shock

Key TakeawaysAn investigative study sought to examine the effect of excluding cardio...

Pitfalls Associated with Public Reporting for PCI Outcomes

Public Reporting Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Outcomes Risk-adjusted mortality reporting (RAMR) following...

PCI with Everolimus Eluting Stents vs CABG for Left Main Coronary Artery Disease: The EXCEL Trial

Key TakeawaysCoronary-artery bypass is a standard treatment of choice for left main...

Complete vs Incomplete Revascularization in Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease

The goal of coronary artery disease (CAD) treatment is coronary revascularization and repair of cardiac perfusion. Subsequently...

Large Datasets and Their Ability to Advance Cardiology

Large-scale data collection has been an increasingly adopted practice in healthcare and clinical trials. The speed at which dat...

The Insertion of Impella 5.0™ in the Right Subclavian Artery for Treatment of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Key TakeawaysIn this study, all patients were in cardiogenic shock and on at least 2...

Mortality Remains High for STEMI Patients Complicated by Cardiogenic Shock

Key TakeawaysEarly reperfusion for STEMI patients complicated by cardiogenic shock r...

CABG Beneficial for Older Patients with Heart Failure and Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

Ten-Year Follow-Up Analysis of STICH TrialKey TakeawaysCABG lowered cardio...

Patients Too Weak for Surgery May Benefit from Heart Pumps

High-risk heart disease patients who present major abnormalities may be too weak for open-heart surgery; however, the utilizati...

Impella 2.5™ and VA-ECMO Provide Hemodynamic Improvement in Patients with Cardiogenic Shock

Standard treatment of cardiogenic shock often includes the initiation of revascularization and the use of vasoconstrictors, ino...

Percutaneous Insertion and Removal of Impella® Using the Axillary Artery for Treatment of Advanced Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also referred to as hardening of the arteries, is a vascular disease that occurs in the arte...

Ischemic CAD Testing Underutilized in New Heart Failure Patients

Written by Christopher Chalk, DC, MPH Ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD) testin...

How Twitter is Influencing Cardiologists

In this JACC contribution...

No Re-flow Treatment: Do We Need More?

The Cath Lab Digest (@CathLabDigest)...

The Campeau Radial Paradox: Radial vs. Femoral Access [JACC]

A 2015 paper on the Campeau Radial Paradox in...

2015 Consensus Recommendations on Percutaneous Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices

The availability of percutaneous mechanical support (MCS) devices such as Impella®, TandemHeart, and ECMO requires cardiologist...

Study Finds pVADs are Cost-Effective for High-Risk PCI

In the era of increasing healthcare costs, the cost-effectiveness of traditional versus emerging technologies is an ongoing con...

Circulation Editorial Discusses Advances in High-Risk PCI

A recent editorial by Dr. Ted Bass from the University of Florida published in...

High-Risk Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in Modern Day Clinical Practice: Current Concepts and Challenges

The advances of the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure has evolved significantly since the early 1980’s, accord...

Latest Appropriate Use Criteria for Coronary Revascularization Indicate Patients Who Would Benefit from CABG or PCI

The latest update of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization by Patel et al. entitled “...