Cardiology

A TEACHable Tool for Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions

A group of nurses and clinicians at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have created a strategy that hospitals may be able to apply toward solving one of health care’s most serious and costly issues: heart failure (HF) rehospitalization.


Cardiology Notes

Research published in 2015 may make some heart-conscious patients happy. Still, people don’t know as much about cardiac health as they should — maybe the concept of “heart age” can help.


Blood Tests May Reveal When Cancer Treatments Become Ineffective

Some medications, particularly glucocorticoids, are effective at fighting prostate cancer initially but appear to become ineffective or eventually even help the cancer continue to mutate and develop.


Review of Clinical Trials Participation Spotlights Need for Higher Enrollment

Participants in clinical trials for heart disease treatments are often healthier than patients the investigational drugs target, a new study confirms. The study also finds that the generalizability of clinical trial results suffers because of low participation.


Research Finds ‘Extraordinary Progress’ in Cardiovascular Outcomes

For most of the 21st century, cardiology practice has focused on improving the quality of care and implementing evidence-based clinical guidelines. A study suggests those efforts have yielded a string of remarkable successes.


Advances in Imaging, Cardiology and Audiology

These devices are designed to improve sonography, enhance pacemaker function and personalize tinnitus treatment.


Running Helps Heart Attack Survivors — to a Point

While running and walking can be beneficial for survivors of heart attacks, new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows excessive exercise may reverse the benefits.


Advances in Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology (EP) is the fastest growing cardiovascular discipline, according to the Heart Rhythm Foundation. Cleveland Clinic’s statistics bear this out. In 2012, procedures performed in the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus EP laboratories totaled 6,517. This includes 1,502 implantations of pacemakers and defibrillators, 808 pulmonary vein antrum isolations (PVAIs), 1,486 ablations and 290 lead extractions.


Organ Donation by the Numbers

On a daily basis in the United States, roughly 79 organ transplants are performed and 18 individuals die due to a lack of available organs.

 


Research Finds ‘Extraordinary Progress’ in Cardiovascular Outcomes

For most of the 21st century, cardiology practice has focused on improving the quality of care and implementing evidence-based clinical guidelines. A study suggests those efforts have yielded a string of remarkable successes.