Delirium after elective heart surgery was associated with threefold higher risk of stroke, MI, or cardiovascular death in the next year, a single-center study from Japan reported in PLOS One. (Cardiovascular Business)
Women were three times more likely than men to die within 12 months of a heart attack, apparently related to lower rates of revascularization and fewer aspirin and statin prescriptions, a Swedish registry showed. (BBC)
For women getting PCI, radial artery access reduced major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events and major bleeding events in an analysis of the randomized access-site MATRIX trial reported in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (Cardiovascular Business)
Three models of the Agilis Steerable Introducer Sheath are under Class I recall due to potential for failure of the hemostatic valve when too much or not enough glue is used to reattach the cap to the hub after reprocessing.
The FDA cleared the Bioflux ECG system for monitoring cardiac arrhythmias with mobile cardiac telemetry to transmit apparent events via built-in cellular connectivity. (MedGadget)
Also greenlighted was the Cerebrotech Visor (previously the CMS-5000 Intracranial Fluids Monitor) to be used in assessment of fluid volume differences between the cerebral hemispheres in patients undergoing neurologic assessment, Cerebrotech Medical Systems announced. The noninvasive, head-worn device is also being developed to assess stroke, trauma, and brain swelling.
Researchers developed radio-frequency sensor tags that could further efforts to develop contact-free measurement of vital signs including heart rate and blood pressure. (MedGadget)
The Mediterranean diet and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) tied for first place “best overall” in the U.S. News and World Report‘s annual diet ratings. In the “heart healthy” category, DASH came in first, with Mediterranean and Ornish diets tying for second place.
A proposed federal rule that would expand use of association health plans, allowing them to skip coverage of what previously were considered essential health benefits, stands to raise premium prices and reduce coverage for chronic heart disease patients, the American Heart Association warned. Catch up on the controversy around these plans in MedPage Today‘s coverage here, here, and here.
Camelina oil, a plant product once used for lamps that’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, improved lipid profiles better than did eating fish in a 12-week randomized trial among people with impaired glucose tolerance. (Molecular Nutrition and Food Research)
Antiphospholipid antibodies were associated with embolic events in infective endocarditis, particularly cerebral embolism, a prospective registry showed. Researchers suggested the blood test could help in risk prediction. (Heart)
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) released a comprehensive guide to imaging in Chagas heart disease.
ASE also highlighted some changes to transthoracic echocardiography reimbursement in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for 2018.