Cardiology

Cardiology (from Greek καρδίᾱ, kardiā, "heart"; and -λογία, -logia) is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart be it human or animal. The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are called cardiologists. Physicians who specialize in cardiac surgery are called cardiac surgeons.

 

FDA expands uses for cardiac resynchronization devices

The approval of cardiac resynchronization pacemakers and defibrillators manufactured by Medtronic has been expanded to include patients with atrioventricular block and less severe heart failure, the...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
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Off-label use of novel anticoagulants accelerates

WASHINGTON – The off-label use of novel oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in patients with valvular atrial fibrillation has climbed steeply since the drugs reached the marketplace, mirroring...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
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Diagnosing TOPCAT’s failure in HFpEF

Results of TOPCAT, one of the most talked about heart failure trials in recent years, have been published. There were no obvious surprises: Spironolactone is no more beneficial than placebo for...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
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Dabigatran approved for VTE prevention and treatment

The novel oral anticoagulant dabigatran has been approved for treating and reducing the risk of recurrence of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, based on the results of four phase III...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
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VIDEO: PCSK9 inhibitors placed in perspective

WASHINGTON – "We’re at the dawn of an era of biological therapeutics in cardiology," Dr. Peter Libby, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told us...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
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VIDEO: Rethink the VTE prophylaxis mantra

LAS VEGAS – Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis – a sine qua non of the Joint Commission and others – doesn’t seem to prevent deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in hospitalized medical...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

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