• Abbott ICD Recall; Sex After Heart Attack; LVEF Sans Contrast Media

    Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine

    Certain Ellipse implantable cardioverter defibrillators from Abbott are under Class I recallbecause of electrical failures attributed to a faulty manufacturing process, the FDA announced.

    Thanks to artificial intelligence, the VMS+ system may allow clinicians to measure left ventricular function without contrast media.

    Several testosterone-blocking drugs for prostate cancer were associated with long QT, torsade de pointes, or sudden death, a Circulation study found.

    Study ties more frequent sexual activity to improved long-term survival after a first acute MI. (American Journal of Medicine)

    Five components of the human heart were successfully 3D-printed and validated for tissue and organ function, engineers reported in Science.

    Quality of care following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) was the same regardless of race under Tricare, a universal insurance system covering military, vets, and their families. (Health Affairs)

    Oral formulations of menopause hormone replacement therapy may be associated with slower epicardial adipose tissue accumulation. (Journal of the American Heart Association)

    When it comes to CABG for left main disease, an on-pump surgery appears to be the better choice , researchers reported from a post hoc analysis of EXCEL. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

    The uptick in thromboembolic events after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation is not totally causal. (European Heart Journal)

    Several modifiable risk factors of heart failure were stronger for women than for men. These include type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleeping less than 7 hours a day, and low levels of physical activity. (Heart)

    Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch has double the number of heart rate sensors as the Apple Watch 4, but there is no official ECG app approved for the device yet. (phoneArena)

    Bayer is paying a company $6.1 million to mine anonymized patient information from the U.K. National Health Service in hopes of furthering future trial design and drug discovery. (FierceBiotech)

    "Heart disease could transform from a medical ailment to an economic ailment, in which just having heart disease becomes a synonym for poverty," Haider Warraich, MD, of Duke University Medical Center, told The Guardian.

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