The giant federal study that found the use of stents in stable heart-disease patients is no better than drugs to treat clogged arteries reached another, less-hyped conclusion. Manufacturers of stents for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) note that the Ischemia study also concluded that patients who undergo a stenting procedure have a better quality of life. They suffer […]
This article has been updated with stock market results and comments from Medtronic. A major new study has concluded that the use of stents in stable heart disease patients is no better than drugs to treat clogged arteries. Results of the Ischemia study were released at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday. The […]
A bevy of cardiac medical societies updated their guidelines for stroke treatment yesterday to take into account new devices and technology, including left atrial appendage occlusion devices, stent retrievers and thrombectomy devices. The American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions have updated their guidelines to include the benefits of left […]
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Doctors at publicly reported hospitals may be negatively influenced by public reporting protocols, according to a presentation at last week’s Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Intervention 2014 Scientific Sessions.
When doctors know that rates of admissions and deaths are reporting publicly, they may be less willing to take dramatic steps with emergency patients in order to avoid tying a death to an intervention.