To Shock or Not to Shock — That Is the Question

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Jehad Al Buraiki and Joseph G. Akar offer differing perspectives, from each side of the Atlantic, on cardiac resynchronization-pacemaker therapy.

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: February 2nd

2 Feb 2015 - 

This week’s topics include less-tight vs. tight hypertension control in pregnancy, icatibant for ACE-inhibitor-induced angioedema, and more.

Can Precision Medicine Do Better Than Precision Weather?

27 Jan 2015 - 

Larry Husten asks the question, “Is the human body simpler than the weather?”

26 Jan John Ryan, MD wrote a post
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Measuring FFR During Cardiac Cath: Time to Go with the Flow?

Is fractional flow reserve being overused, underused, or neither?

26 Jan Richard Lehman, BM, BCh, MRCGP wrote a post
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Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: January 26th

This week’s topics include dietary sodium content, mortality, and CVD risk in older adults, the ROX CONTROL HTN study, and more.

22 Jan Jonathan L. Thigpen, PharmD wrote a post
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How Accurately Do ICD-9 Codes Identify Strokes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation?

Jonathan L. Thigpen discusses his research group’s assessment of the validity of ICD-9 codes in identifying strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation.

21 Jan Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM wrote a post
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A Tragic Loss

The news of the death of Michael Davidson, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, allegedly at the hands of a patient’s relative, has shaken us all. The words of Betsy Nabel, on behalf of BWH, conveyed how much he was respected and loved. To his family, friends and colleagues, we send our sympathy. As…

19 Jan Zachary Goldberger, MD, MS wrote a post
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Putting Your Heart Into Your Music: Beethoven’s Cardiac Arrhythmia

Zachary Goldberger discusses his collaborative study of the relationship between cardiac health and musical composition inspired by the work of Ludwig van Beethoven.

18 Jan Lisa Rosenbaum, MD wrote a post
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“I’m Just Not a Pill Person”: Emotional Underpinnings of Nonadherence

The CardioExchange Editors interview Lisa Rosenbaum about her recent commentary on patients’ emotional responses to taking medications as a factor in nonadherence to therapy for heart disease. The article is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. CardioExchange Editors: In the current model of healthcare delivery, care is fragmented into 15–20 minute clinic visits….

15 Jan Leora Horwitz, MD wrote a post
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Low-Quality Discharge Summaries May Have Consequences

Leora Horwitz discusses her research group’s study of the association between the quality of discharge summaries and risk for readmission for heart failure.