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    Dabigatran and Warfarin are Both Used for Stroke-prevention in Patients with AF but their Side effects Differ

    February 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dabigatran and warfarin offer similar stroke-prevention efficacy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but their side effect profiles differ, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of real-world clinical practice. "There could be many reasons for the d

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    Study Shows Best Performing Hospitals Manage Pain Best

    February 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hospital differences in pain management are tied to different patient-reported pain scores after colorectal resection, according to a study from the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC). "The best-performing hospitals achieved superior pain control through th

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    Stent-retriever Therapy Improves the Rate of Functional Independence for Acute Ischemic Patients

    February 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stent-retriever therapy for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke improves the rate of functional independence at 90 days, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stent retrievers are deployed in an occluded vessel, temporarily expanded into the body of a

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    An Early Invasive Strategy for Elderly with Myocardial Infraction is Promising

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An early invasive strategy provides better outcomes than a conservative strategy in octogenarians with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) or unstable angina, according to the After Eighty clinical trial. "Management of the very elderly with myocardial infar

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    Claims Data Misclassify Cardiovascular Disease Event Rates

    December 1, 2015

    NEW YORK - Diagnostic codes from administrative claims data underestimate cardiovascular disease event rates, researchers report. "Increasingly, the diagnostic codes from administrative claims data are being used to measure clinical outcomes," Dr. Bruce M.

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    ICD-10 Under ACP Scrutiny

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK - While the new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) codes offer greater diagnostic precision, their implementation will require training of clinicians, coders, and other staff to minimize payment denials or delays from both public and

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    New ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for Management of SVT

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK - Catheter ablation is favored for the management of most forms of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in adults, according to revised guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society (ACC/AHA/HRS). SVT affects 2.25 in 1000 individuals in

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    Younger AF Patients at Higher Risk of Dementia

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK - Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of dementia, especially in younger individuals, according to results from the Rotterdam Study. "When we started this study, we hypothesized that the hazard of atrial fibrillation would be higher with longer exposure, but to

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    Beta-Blockers Increase Mortality in Hypertensive Patients

    November 5, 2015

    NEW YORK - Perioperative beta-blocker use in patients with hypertension is associated with increased cardiovascular complications and mortality after noncardiac surgery, researchers from Denmark report. "The consistency of the findings of increased risks associated with beta-blockers across numer

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    Commonly Prescribed Drugs and Death in Medicare Patients

    October 27, 2015

    NEW YORK - Most, but not all, guideline-recommended drugs and their combinations yield modest survival benefits in older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions, researchers report. "Until there is better evidence in older adults with multiple chronic conditions, clinicians need to take a