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Cancer Rates in Adults After Cardiac Interventions: A Preliminary Observational Report

Cancer Rates in Adults After Cardiac Interventions: A Preliminary Observational Report

Abdallah K. Alameddine, Paul Visintainer, Sharon-Lise T Normand, et. al. The postprocedural state after cardiac revascularization interventions is characterized by intense inflammation and activation of inflammatory cytokines due to myonecrosis and ischemia/reperfusion injury. Involvement of similar processes also participates in cellular malignant transformation. Undergoing heart revascularization procedures was associated with increased rate of cancer development as compared with the state general population.

Posted September 5, 2014 More
Drug-eluting Stents vs. Bare Metal Stents Prior to Noncardiac Surgery

Drug-eluting Stents vs. Bare Metal Stents Prior to Noncardiac Surgery

Sripal Bangalore, Treacy S. Silbaugh, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, et. al. The safety of drug-eluting stents (DES) vs. bare metal stents (BMS) in the perioperative setting, a heightened state of inflammation and thrombosis is not well defined. DES implantation was not associated with higher adverse events after NCS. Moreover, the incidence of adverse events following NCS was lower when NCS was performed >90 days post-DES implantation suggesting that it may not be necessary to wait until 12 months post PCI with DES before NCS.

Posted August 20, 2014 More
Early Results of Massachusetts Health Care Reform on Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cardiovascular Care

Early Results of Massachusetts Health Care Reform on Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cardiovascular Care

Michelle A. Albert, John Z. Ayanian, Treacy S. Silbaugh, et. al. Insured adults receive invasive cardiovascular procedures more frequently than uninsured adults. We examined the impact of healthcare reform in Massachusetts on use of coronary revascularization procedures and in-hospital and 1-year mortality by race/ethnicity, education, and sex. We found that reducing insurance barriers to receipt of coronary revascularization procedures has not yet eliminated preexisting demographic and educational disparities in access to these procedures.

Posted April 11, 2014 More
Causes of Short-Term Readmission After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Causes of Short-Term Readmission After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Jason H. Wasfy, Jordan B. Strom, et. al. Rehospitalization within 30 days after an admission for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is common, costly, and a future target for Medicare penalties. Causes of readmission after PCI are largely unknown. It was found that readmissions within 30 days were seldom related to PCI complications but often for recurrent chest pain.

Posted February 25, 2014 More