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To Shock or Not to Shock — That Is the Question (4 Feb 2015)

Joseph G Akar, MD/PhD and Jehad Al Buraiki, MD

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

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Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: February 2nd (2 Feb 2015)

Richard Lehman, BM, BCh, MRCGP

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

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Can Precision Medicine Do Better Than Precision Weather? (27 Jan 2015)

Larry Husten, PhD

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

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Measuring FFR During Cardiac Cath: Time to Go with the Flow? (26 Jan 2015)

John Ryan, MD

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

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Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: January 26th (26 Jan 2015)

Richard Lehman, BM, BCh, MRCGP

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

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How Accurately Do ICD-9 Codes Identify Strokes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation? (22 Jan 2015)

Jonathan L. Thigpen, PharmD

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

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A Tragic Loss (21 Jan 2015)

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM

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 a cardiovascular surgeon, he is part of our community, and we stand with you in shock at the loss – and the tragedy. And we hope that we can make progress toward a world where… Continue Reading

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Putting Your Heart Into Your Music: Beethoven’s Cardiac Arrhythmia (19 Jan 2015)

Zachary Goldberger, MD, MS

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

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“I’m Just Not a Pill Person”: Emotional Underpinnings of Nonadherence (18 Jan 2015)

Lisa Rosenbaum, MD

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. Can the insight and education you propose be provided in this model? Lisa Rosenbaum: Unfortunately I think the answer is “No.” I think some of the challenges that seem specific to medication adherence are really… Continue Reading

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Low-Quality Discharge Summaries May Have Consequences (15 Jan 2015)

Leora Horwitz, MD

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