Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)

heartwire News

  • TCT TCT 2017: Rich in Clinical Trials, Star Power Oscar-winner Tom Hanks headlines a conference that will feature clinical trials looking at management of left main disease, cardiogenic shock, and bioabsorbable scaffolds.
  • No Strong Benefit of Long-term Anticoagulation in Secondary AF A preliminary study suggests little benefit on stroke reduction and a suggestion of increased bleeding from long-term anticoagulation in transient AF secondary to ACS, sepsis, or lung disease.
  • Low Serum Calcium Linked to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk The risk of cardiac arrest more than doubled in those with the lowest calcium levels, but it's unknown how low is too low or the benefits of higher calcium intake or calcium supplementation.
  • Is CT Angiography the Best First Test for Chest Pain? A new meta-analysis shows coronary CT angiography is associated with fewer subsequent MIs than standard functional stress testing but at the cost of more downstream invasive procedures.

Perspective

  • Advice to My Younger Self From a Seasoned Cardiologist A visit from a premed student leads this cardiologist to reflect on the wisdom gained from 26 years in private practice. What tricks of the trade would she impart to the young Dr Walton-Shirley?
  • With Sudden Death, Don't Automatically Blame the Heart   Drs Gayatri Acharya, Michael Ackerman, and Peter Noseworthy discuss the importance of investigating sudden deaths in light of new research showing that many presumed sudden cardiac deaths are not cardiac in origin.
  • Life and Times of Leading Cardiologists: Rory Collins   Professor Collins' 'random' path to medical statistics took him across three continents, to the Presidential inaugural ball of a certain peanut farmer, and even to knighthood.
  • Positive Results for PFO Closure Come With Caveats Three studies give PFO closure in cryptogenic stroke a boost, but patient selection is critical, and let's not forget about direct oral anticoagulants, cautions Dr Mandrola.