March 30th, 2015
This week’s topics include two papers comparing everolimus-eluting stents and CABG and a study of short-term exposure to air pollution and stroke.
March 16th, 2015
Sripal Bangalore discusses his observational study comparing CABG with everolimus-eluting stent PCI in patients with multivessel coronary disease, alongside findings from the BEST randomized trial.
September 29th, 2014
This week’s topics include prevalence and incidence trends in diabetes in the U.S., quality of life outcomes with CABG in ischemic left ventricular dysfunction, and more.
September 17th, 2014
Thomas M. Maddox discusses his research group’s study of post-PCI outcomes at VA centers with or without on-site cardiothoracic surgery.
June 9th, 2014
This week’s topics include the CORONARY trial, the association of azithromycin with mortality and CV events among older patients hospitalized with pneumonia, and more.
January 9th, 2014
It has long been known that racial disparities exist in health care. A large body of research has found that nonwhite patients have worse outcomes than whites. But it has been difficult to understand the underlying reasons for these disparities. Now a new study offers evidence that, at least in the case of bypass surgery, […]
December 3rd, 2013
Despite the enormous increase in the use of stents in recent decades, there is little or no good evidence comparing their use to the alternatives of CABG surgery or optimal medical therapy in patients also eligible for these strategies. Now two meta-analyses published in JAMA Internal Medicine provide new evidence that the alternatives to PCI […]
November 7th, 2013
Mark A. Hlatky discusses his research group’s analysis of the prevalence and effectiveness of internal mammary artery grafting during CABG procedures performed in Medicare patients.
October 17th, 2013
Last year the large NHLBI FREEDOM trial demonstrated that coronary-artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery was superior to PCI when treating diabetic patients who have multivessel coronary disease. CABG resulted in significant reductions in death and MI, but this was offset slightly by a higher rate of stroke in the CABG group. Now, a new report from FREEDOM […]
August 28th, 2013
Gerd Heusch discusses his study group’s randomized trial of remote ischemic preconditioning before coronary artery bypass graft surgery.