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Steve is a journalist and news editor for theheart.org|Medscape Cardiology. He has been reporting on cardiovascular medicine since the 1980s, when IV streptokinase was considered cutting-edge medicine, and joined the heartwire news team in 2004. Steve is the 2008 recipient of the Howard L. Lewis Career Achievement Award for health and science reporting from the American Heart Association, and was on the heartwire team that won the Online Journalism Award in the category of Specialty Site Journalism from the Online News Association in 2010. He is also proud to have been with theheart.org|Medscape Cardiology in 2013 when it won the Gold Medal for Best Website from the Association of Healthcare Publication Editors. Steve is a graduate of liberal-arts bastion Kenyon College and has an MS in science communication from Boston University. He can be contacted at or .
Many adverse effects linked to beta-blockers in heart-failure trials, which made their way into the labeling, were shown in a new analysis to have been no more common with the drugs than with placebo. The result is a disaster for some patients, according to researchers.
The former vice president was recently implanted with a left ventricular assist device, but was it for bridge therapy, destination therapy, or "bridge to decision"? How suitable would he be for transplantation? Three expert observers discuss his case with heartwire.
That thud could be the sound of eight new journals landing on your desk, offspring of JACC and Circulation that focus on specific areas of cardiology. Boosters say they are good for the field, but others question how much they're needed.
Implantable device "recalls" imply surgery to patients and their families, as well as to many doctors, when explantation isn't necessarily the best solution. So why is the FDA resisting calls for an expeditious switch to a term that's more precise? (Heart Rhythm Society 2006 Scientific Sessions.)