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EXAMINATION trial shows superiority of second generation drug-eluting stent at five years
The EXAMINATION trial has demonstrated the superiority of a second generation drug-eluting stent over a bare-metal stent at five years in research presented at ESC Congress. (Medical News Today)

Absorbable stents prove non-inferior to metal in STEMI study
A drug-eluting coronary stent made of absorbable material performed similarly to the gold-standard metal one in a non-inferiority trial among patients with the more serious type of heart attack... (Medical News Today)

No benefit to prolonging bivalirudin after PCI
Extending treatment with the anticoagulant bivalirudin for at least four hours after completion of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does not improve outcomes compared to stopping the... (Medical News Today)

Non-invasive blood flow measurements reduce invasive tests in chest pain patients
According to results of the PLATFORM (Prospective LongitudinAl Trial of FFRCT: Outcome and Resource Impacts) trial, a test known as FFRCT can obviate the need for invasive tests in up to 61% of... (Medical News Today)

Absorbable matrix did not prevent cardiac remodelling: study
An investigational material known Bioabsorbable Cardiac Matrix (BCM) that is injected through the coronary artery to prevent cardiac remodelling in heart attack patients had no significant effect... (Medical News Today)

Secondhand smoke during pregnacy and early childhood linked to atrial fibrillation in adult life
A first-of-its-kind study indicates that gestational and early life secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure may double one's chance of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) as an adult. (Medical News Today)

Largest study to date shows no benefit to gene transfer therapy in heart failure
Gene transfer therapy aimed at correcting an enzyme abnormality involved in myocardial contraction and relaxation did not improve outcomes in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction... (Medical News Today)

Automated pulmonary congestion alert no benefit in heart failure trial
Heart failure patients whose implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) include an automated alert when too much fluid accumulates in their lungs did not have improved outcomes compared to... (Medical News Today)

Central sleep apnoea device increases mortality in heart failure
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy increases mortality and should not be used to treat central sleep apnoea in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction, the SERVE-HF trial shows. (Medical News Today)

Cholesterol-lowering treatment Repatha now available in the UK
A new way to lower so-called "bad cholesterol" (LDL-C) is now available in the UK - the first in a new class of treatment to help people who are unable to get below guideline cholesterol levels... (Medical News Today)

Dissolving stent compares favourably against metal stent in Japanese trial
A drug-eluting coronary stent, or "scaffold" made from bioresorbable material, showed similar efficacy and safety results compared to a metal stent in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary... (Medical News Today)

Pulmonary hypertension patients can safely benefit from exercise, review suggests
Studies suggest exercise is safe and improves quality of life in patients with pulmonary hypertension - high blood pressure in the arteries between the heart and lungs. (Medical News Today)

LCZ696 targets blood pressure and arterial stiffness
The combination drug valsartan/sacubitril known as LCZ696 significantly reduced aortic systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure compared to the standard angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)... (Medical News Today)

Spironolactone "a clear winner" for resistant hypertension
In patients with poor blood pressure control despite treatment with a combination of three drugs ('resistant hypertension'), addition of the diuretic spironolactone was significantly more effective... (Medical News Today)

Half-dose combo of common diuretics a "win-win" for hypertension: PATHWAY-3
The combination of two commonly used diuretics, each at half dose, can significantly reduce blood pressure without the side-effects caused by full doses of either alone, researchers from the... (Medical News Today)

Prasugrel associated with increased major bleeding in high-risk patients with stable coronary artery disease
Prasugrel-based dual antiplatelet therapy is associated with increased major bleeding after stent implantation for high-risk patients with stable coronary artery disease, according to a secondary... (Medical News Today)

Which blood thinner works better during stent placement? It's still a toss-up
With no clear safety benefits, the 400 times more expensive drug might not be worth it, says Dr. (Medical News Today)

Fatal bleeding rare with extended dual antiplatelet therapy
Fatal bleeding is rare with extended dual antiplatelet therapy, according to a secondary analysis of the DAPT Study presented for the first time at ESC Congress. (Medical News Today)

BENEFIT Study: Antiparasitics for Chagas cardiomyopathy
A 40 to 80 day treatment with the antiparasitic medication benznidazole significantly reduced parasite activity in the blood, but not progression, of serious heart problems over a 5-year period... (Medical News Today)

'Heart age' older than actual age for most Americans
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 3 out of 4 adults in the US have estimated heart ages older than their chronological ages. (Medical News Today)

SCOT study quells concerns about NSAID safety
In older patients with arthritis and no history of cardiovascular disease, chronic use of any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug appears safe from a cardiovascular and gastrointestinal... (Medical News Today)

CVD biomarkers respond better to telmisartan than non-ARB blood pressure meds
When it comes to treating high blood pressure, not all anti-hypertensive medications are equal, and results of the ATTEMPT-CVD trial suggest that telmisartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker... (Medical News Today)

Ticagrelor administered in the ambulance reduces ischaemic events 24 hours after PCI
Ticagrelor administered in the ambulance reduces ischaemic events 24 hours after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to findings from the ATLANTIC-H24 study presented for... (Medical News Today)

Peri-infarct pacing does not improve outcomes in patients with large myocardial infarction
In patients with a large myocardical infarction (MI), pacing, with the left ventricular (LV) lead placed in the area of the lesion (peri-infarct) did not prevent further enlargement of the heart... (Medical News Today)

New mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist for heart failure
In heart failure patients with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease, a new, non-steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) called finerenone was no more effective than the currently... (Medical News Today)

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