August 8th, 2012
This week’s topics include heart failure and depression, endoscopic vs. open vein-graft harvest for CABG, linagliptin vs. glimepiride in those with type-2 diabetes, weight gain with smoking cessation, ACE inhibitors and pneumonia risk, and the effect of speech therapy after stroke.
July 16th, 2012
This week’s topics include studies on rhythm vs. rate control in AF, thiazolidinediones and the risk for macular edema, and the effect of acadesine on morbidity and mortality associated with CABG.
May 15th, 2012
Routine exercise echocardiography in asymptomatic patients after revascularization does not lead to better outcomes, according to a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine. Although guidelines generally discourage the practice, post-revascularization stress tests are still commonly performed. Serge Harb and colleagues performed exercise echocardiography on 2105 patients after CABG surgery or PCI and followed them […]
May 14th, 2012
A large study looking at real-world use of elective coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and stenting (PCI) in New York State finds that nearly two thirds of PCI procedures have inappropriate or uncertain indications. By contrast, 90% of CABG procedures were deemed appropriate and 1.1% inappropriate. In a paper published in the Journal of the American College […]
April 23rd, 2012
This week, Richard discusses JAMA’s coverage of patient-centered care and all things CABG in NEJM.
April 12th, 2012
In the ASCERT observational study, stable patients (age 65 or older) with double- or triple-vessel CAD, but not left-main disease, were found to have better long-term survival after CABG than after PCI. ASCERT was a laudable achievement in terms of its scope and the level of collaboration it represents. The ASCERT investigators used inverse probability weighting (propensity […]
March 27th, 2012
A very large observational study finds that long-term mortality in high-risk patients is lower after bypass surgery than after PCI. The results, which were first revealed in January at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), were presented in final form at the American College of Cardiology by William Weintraub and published simultaneously in the New England […]
February 8th, 2012
According to a recently published study by Chan and colleagues, only 50% of the PCIs performed for nonacute indications were classified as appropriate, according to appropriate use criteria (AUC); 38% were “uncertain,” and 12% were inappropriate. In a new expedited publication, Marso and colleagues retort by expressing concerns with the “current” PCI AUC (see also our CardioExchange news coverage here). […]
February 8th, 2012
At the recent meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Fred Edwards presented the high-risk subset of ASCERT (ACCF-STS Database Collaboration on the Comparative Effectiveness of Revascularization Strategies). CardioExchange Interventional Cardiology moderators Rick Lange and David Hillis posed the following questions to Edwards and Christopher White, the president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Rick Lange and David […]
January 31st, 2012
The ACC, AHA, and other organizations have released updated appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization. The 2012 Appropriate Use Criteria for Coronary Revascularization Focused Update incorporates data from the SYNTAX trial on the indications for PCI and CABG in patients with symptomatic, multivessel disease, as well as data from the CathPCI registry. Here are some of the key ratings: […]