Cardiac Imaging News

Cardiac Screening Programs Are Not Always The Best, Study…

Based on a new British study, reviewing patient records to determine patients with high risk of suffering cardiac disease has the same effectiveness, yet with much lower costs, of screening all adults aging between 40 and 74. The study was published in the British Medical Journal. It is raising concerns about an annual screening program started by the British government back in 2008. The screening program costs about a 250-million-pound ($387 million) every year. The ... Read more

Complete Revascularization Lowers The Rate Of …

A new study carried out by cardiologists from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the University of Minnesota shows that patients with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and are completely revascularization had a better rates and outcomes than ... Read more

Non-invasive Coronary CTA Cost-effective Alternative, …

In a study by Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), non-invasive coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a cost-effective alternative to invasive cardiac catheterization in the care of patients who have positive stress test results but a less than 50 percent chance of actually having significant coronary artery disease (CAD). Ethan J. Halpern, M.D., professor, Department of Radiology at Jefferson Medical College, and director, Cardiac CT at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said  "Coronary CTA is an alternative, non-invasive diagnostic imaging test that can be used to effectively triage these patients." Halpern compared the false-negative rates, false-positive rates, costs, and radiation exposure of direct referral of patients for cardiac catheterization with the values associated with performing coronary CTA before catheterization. By indicating the results, there was found that performing coronary CTA before cardiac catheterization results in an average cost saving of $789 per patient with a false-negative rate of 2.5 percent and average additional radiation exposure of 1-2 mSv, which is less than the ... Read more

A New Blood Test Identifies The Risk Of Heart Attack…

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have a simple blood test that can identify people at risk of a heart attack even for those who don't have high cholesterol. This new test measures gamma-prime fibrinogen, a component of the ... Read more

XDX IMAGE Clinical Trial Results to Be Discussed at A …

The XDX Invasive Monitoring Attenuation's results through Gene Expression (IMAGE) trial will be discussed by Dr. Michael X. Pham, Stanford University Medical Center at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 30th Anniversary Meeting & Scientific Sessions in Chicago, announced XDx. IMAGE clinical trial compares XDx's AlloMap® Molecular Expression Testing to routine endomyocardial biopsy surveillance to monitor acute cellular rejection in cardiac transplant recipients. Mainly, this comparative clinical study was designed to demonstrate the non-inferiority of clinical outcomes of heart transplant recipients, which is managed with the AlloMap test compared with conventional endomyocardial ... Read more

New Cardiac CT Method Developed for Advanced Image …

Virginia Tech and GE Global Research Center developes new cardiac computed tomography (CT) architectures and methods. This new CT method includes a newly patented approach to a challenge in local CT image reconstruction (Patent 7,697,658 ... Read more

Vital Images to Develop Vitrea Pediatric Cardiac …

Vital Images announced collaboration with Arkansas Children's Hospital of Little Rock,  in order to develop a Vitrea® pediatric cardiac application, which will be demonstrated at The Society for Pediatric Radiology 2010 Annual Meeting, April 13-17, in Boston. Vitrea, a visualization tool, is developed to meet the unique cardiac features and patient care requirements presented by pediatric patients. Dr. Bruce Greenberg said "We look forward to working with Vital Images to develop a Vitrea application that expedites the analysis of pediatric cases at Arkansas Children's Hospital and eventually at other institutions worldwide."       Further, Vitrea software is mainly designed for adults to analyze pediatric patients. Having the ability to obtain 3D and 4D images specifically for pediatric patients, will provide pediatric radiologists with more specialized tools in order to improve patient ... Read more

Hormonal disorder linked to heart diseases in women, a …

According to a new study, researchers from Adelaide, Australia, said that there is evidence of a link between a common hormonal disorder in women and heart disease. They are currently looking for women candidates in order to make a new study to ... Read more

PET would help doctors in planning treatment against …

According to a new study, an imaging technique, positron emission tomography (PET) with the imaging agent fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) would help patients with heart failure. This would take place by offering doctors the information they require while ... Read more

Servier-Gulf Organizes GHA Annual Cardiovascular …

Servier-Gulf will organize the 8th GHA Annual Cardiovascular Conference this month, as it is the founding member and main sponsor of the Gulf Heart Association. The conference will takle the newest technology and practice dedicated to improving cardiac treatment in the region. Mainly, the conference will concentrate on sharing insights and new thinking related to the current and future state of heart health in the region.  Further, there will be workshops on cardiac physiology, electrocardiography (EKG), echocardiography, robotic cardiac surgery, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support ... Read more

Qtel Provides Support For GCC Heart Conference…

Qtel will provide full sponsorship for the 8th GCC Heart Conference, which is  held under the patronage of H.H. Emir of Doha, Qatar. HMC organizes the conference in order to investigate key issues related to cardiology and health. There will be lectures in ultra-modern specializations in the field of cardiology and cardiac surgeries. Moreover, the conference will be pioneering work undertaken by health authorities in Qatar in the field of heart disease ... Read more

Ultrasound on carotid artery would help in detection …

According to a new study, performing a simple ultrasound scan on the carotid artery significantly enhances the prediction of heart disease, helping cardiologists for better identifying of patients having high risks for heart attack. The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). It mentioned that about 23% of patients would have a new classification into a different risk group when checking information collected from the ultrasound scans, and risk prediction applying this approach was showing higher accuracy. Dr. Christie Ballantyne, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and last author on the study, said "Today, up to 70 percent of people who have heart attacks are in a low or intermediate risk category for a heart attack when their risk is estimated using traditional risk prediction models. That's not very predictive, and we need to do better," he added  "Our research shows that a noninvasive ultrasound can give us a more complete snapshot of our patients' risk, so we can do a better job determining if they'll have a heart attack." This finding is significant since patients who are at higher risk would be managed in a more effective way to prevent heart disease. By using ultrasound, researchers reviewed the carotid arteries of 13,145 patients. The carotid artery is responsible for delivering oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain. The researchers checked the thickness of the artery wall and the plaque formation inside the artery to assess if these factors affect the risk for heart attack and coronary heart disease when combined with the traditional risk factors such as age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity. Dr. Vijay Nambi, cardiologist with Methodist and Baylor, and first author on the study, said "We have known that people with heart disease tend to have thicker carotid arteries on ultrasound, but we now know how to use the artery thickness and presence or absence of plaque to better predict who is at risk for heart ... Read more

Bioheart to Conduct A Clinical Trial on Heart …

Bioheart plans to conduct the FDA-approved study, called "Regen", on patients, who suffer from congestive heart failure with a genetically-modified process in Jordan Hospital. “The results of Regen pre-clinical studies using modified myoblasts show a marked improvement in the heart function of patients with CHF,” said Dr Karl Groth, president and CEO of the general partner, and member of the Ascent Group. “The research conducted in advance of pre-clinical trials strongly indicates that genetically modified stem cell therapy may increase the speed of repair or regeneration of heart muscles. This means that a patient can return to a normal lifestyle, faster,” Dr Groth said. Moreover, the Regen clinical trial is the first FDA-approved clinical study that can evaluate the therapeutic benefit of combined modified gene-cell therapy for ... Read more

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