CVD Newswatch, May 1



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CVD updates

Swine Flu update for people with heart disease
The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued an update as to how swine flu, but also influenza in general can pose threats to people with heart conditions. AHA recommends having seasonal flu vaccinations by injection but not by nasal which delivers live, attenuated vaccine. The live vaccine has not been approved for use in patients with cardiovascular diseases. There is no currently no vaccine available for swine flu. The AHA gives some recommends as to how to avoid catching the swine flu.

CVD surgery news

Surgical Reconstruction Offers No Benefit Over Bypass Surgery
A new type of intervention called surgical ventricular reconstruction is thought to be able to complement heart bypass surgery to improve heart function and facilitate recovery. The surgery reshapes the region of the heart that is damaged. The Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure Trial (STICH), launched by the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) evaluated the effectiveness of this new surgery. The trial which included 1,000 patients reports results that indicate this extra surgery dies not give additional benefit compared to a normal bypass alone.

CVD medical device news

AHRQ-Funded Study Finds Lower Risk of Death and Heart Attack in Patients with Drug-Coated Stent Implants Compared to Those with Bare Metal Stents
Coated stents seem to be better in preventing heart attacks and deaths that bare metal stents. This is according to a study which evaluated the effectiveness of the two types of stents in 262,700 patients. Stents are spring-like tubes inserted in blood vessels of the heart to keep them open. According to Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), “the findings provide important new evidence for decision making by heart disease patients and their physicians. These results should help resolve many lingering questions regarding the safety of drug-eluting stents in recent years.”

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