The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 61st annual scientific sessions began on March 24 and are currently underway through March 27 in Chicago. Here, we summarize some of the most compelling research to date including updates to CPORT-E, on-pump vs. off-pump CABG results, the use of CCTA in the emergency department, and two-year outcomes from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
ACC: PCI safe without surgical back-up, TAVR results at two years, and more
Off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is associated with an increased risk of mortality as compared to traditional on-pump CABG, according to a new report published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Furthermore, study authors suggest that past studies that favor the off-pump approach may have been influenced by patient-selection or industry bias.
Higher risk of death with off-pump CABG, new research suggests
As the accountable care era looms, cardiovascular leaders are ever-more focused on improving the long term care of chronically ill patients, including those with heart failure. While the Roundtable has demonstrated that aggressive care management programs have proved successful in bolstering outcomes for these patients, many rural providers find the frequent office visits necessary for such programs to be difficult if not impossible for their patients. Consequently, progressive programs have moved to telemedicine solutions in an attempt to provide effective care management despite limited encounters within the health system. One such facility, Flagstaff Medical Center, recently shared the details of their program with the Roundtable in an interview.
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