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The FDA Approves Intravascular Lithotripsy for Calcified Lesions

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the shockwave lithotripsy system to treat severely calcified plaque lesions.

Is Epinephrine Superior to Adenosine in No-REFLOW?

In patients with acute coronary syndromeno-reflow prevalence is 32%. Different drugs—such as adenosine, verapamil, nitroprusside, or nicardipine— have been used for its intracoronary treatment, thus resulting in arterial hypotension.

FFR and IFR: Are We Talking About the Same Thing?

To evaluate borderline coronary lesions (a 40% to 70% obstruction), determining associated ischemia is paramount. For this purpose, pressure gradients are measured across the stenosis. These measurements can be hyperemic, such as the fractional flow reserve (FFR), or taken at rest, such as the instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR).

Zwolle Score: Can a Risk Score Decide Where STEACS Patients Should Stay?

The mortality of ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (STEACS) has decreased thanks to improved reperfusion times (fibrinolysis or primary angioplasty), so that, in daily practice, there is a greater number of patients with stable acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

Bypass Grafting and Native Coronary Artery Disease Activity

Positron emission tomography (PET) with F sodium fluoride (F-NaF) allows for the assessment of microcalcification activity (MA) in a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions, including atherosclerosis. In coronary artery disease, this tracer correlates with progressive disease and allows for the prediction of atherosclerosis progression. 

HYDRA CE | New Models for TAVR Development

The Hydra CE has shown favorable one year efficacy for the new transcatheter aortic valve model, with large effective orifice and low transvalvular gradient associated to an acceptable complications rate.  With this study, the Hydra will obtain the CE mark and go after FDA approval (just as all new devices). 


The TIME study, presented by Dr. Thomas MacDonald, is a randomized study of over 21,000 patients with high blood pressure with a follow-up beyond 5 years.

ACC 2022 – POISE-3: Tranexamic Acid, Bleeding and Cardiovascular Events in Non-Cardiac Surgeries

Tranexamic Acid is an antifibrinolytic which has been shown to reduce bleeding in orthopedic patients and cardiac surgery. But evidence for its use in non-cardiac surgery is still limited. 

Can the Use of Intra Arterial Vasodilators Prevent Radial Artery Occlusion?

The incidence of post procedure radial occlusion (RAO) ranges from 1% to 12 % according to some studies. Different strategies to reduce RAO include the use of small caliber catheters, adequate anticoagulation and punction site care after procedure. 

Symptomatic Carotid Arteries: Early or Late Emergency Revascularization?

Carotid endarterectomy continues to be the safest technique for emergency revascularization. However, 48 hours after index event, different strategy outcomes will become comparable. 

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