At The European Society of Cardiology Congress 2016 (ESC), Ibrahim Danad, MD, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands, explained the results from his team's PACIFIC trial, which assessed two non-invasive coronary artery imaging tools: positon emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).
About a quarter of patients who survived heart attacks due to blocked arteries could be treated with drugs, not invasive procedures. The trick is determining whether the blockage is cause by plaque erosion, not plaque rupture. With optical coherence tomography a team in Boston did just that.
At the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2016 (ESC) in Rome, Italy, Anselm Gitt, MD discussed the DYSIS program, which was designed to get an idea to see how patients were treated for secondary prevention, focusing on dyslipidemia patients.
Drug-eluting stents are falling far short of their promises of fewer complications, improved mortality and quality of life, a study found. In the largest study ever done comparing newer drug-eluting stents to bare metal devices, Norwegian researchers found the drug stents did not show a difference in these outcomes.
At the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2016 (ESC) in Rome, Italy, Michael Lincoff, MD, Cleveland Clinic explained results from ACCELERATE trial involving patients with high risk vascular disease who received evacetrapib on top of standard care.