February 6th, 2013
A genetic component is believed to play an important role in valvular heart disease, but the specific genes involved have not been identified. Now an interntional group of researchers has identified genetic variations that increase the risk for valvular calcification. In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, members of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging […]
July 16th, 2012
One of the great, unexplained mysteries of the cardiology world in recent years is the sudden name change from TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), which had been the universally-used name for the procedure during most of its development period, to TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) about the time when the procedure edged closer to U.S. approval. Now, in […]
June 27th, 2012
Will findings from this trial of early surgery for infective endocarditis change your practice?
May 2nd, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued on Tuesday its national coverage decision (NCD) for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). As expected, CMS will offer reimbursement for TAVR, but only if a number of criteria are first met. The NCD was initially requested by the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic […]