Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine
Mylan's valsartan was effectively banned in Europe, and 15 lots of its valsartan and valsartan-combination tablets were recalled in the U.S. after detection of the probable carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine. (Seeking Alpha, FDA)
Headphones may be the next frontier in wearables monitoring heart rate, activity, and other health parameters. (Forbes)
The FDA cleared the React 71 next-generation stroke aspiration catheter for use.
The shortage of imaging radioisotopesMolybdenum-99 (Mo-99) and Iodine-131 (I-131) should ease in the coming few weeks as generators in Europe and Australia resume production after an unexpected shutdown and planned maintenance, respectively, according to the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
Because advanced glycation end-products fluoresce on the skin, a noninvasive skin scan could predict type 2 diabetes risk, cardiovascular disease, and mortality -- independent of other factors like blood glucose levels. (Diabetologia)
Fractured, epicardial, and abandoned cardiac device leads remain a contraindication for MRI coverage under Medicare. But that policy should be amended, a group argued in JAMA Cardiology.
The cardiac risks with higher levels of digoxin in atrial fibrillation might stem from increased platelet activation, according to a post hoc study analysis. (Cardiovascular Business)
A Michigan woman posted a letter from the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Clinic telling her she wasn't a candidate for heart transplantation because she couldn't afford immunosuppressive medication afterward. It recommended "a fundraising effort of $10,000." (Common Dreams)
The Heli-FX EndoAnchor was associated with low rates of Type Ia endoleak when used prophylactically or after a failed endovascular repair or therapeutic revision for complex aortic abdominal aneurysms. (MassDevice)
One in five Indian adults under age 40 -- more than half of the current Indian population is under 40 -- have hypertension, a massive single-day survey of adults in public places there showed. (European Society of Cardiology)
Among the seven areas where there is a crucial need for more research, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's annual report to Congress, were:
- ECG screening for atrial fibrillation
- ECG screening for cardiovascular disease risk
- CVD risk assessment with nontraditional risk factors
- Ankle-brachial index screening for peripheral artery disease and CVD
Cost and lack of an industry standard for 3D printing limits its use in cardiology, Cardiovascular Business reports.
Older adults hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure have similarly impaired physical and cognitive function with preserved versus reduced ejection fraction (EF), although depression and quality of life were worse with preserved EF. (Circulation: Heart Failure)
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