Heart transplant

Suspicious cardiac data; Partial heart transplant; MitraClip locking malfunction

Cardiology researchers at Temple University, including a former president of the American Heart Association, are in hot water over allegations of research misconduct. (Reuters)

Around the world, cardiovascular disease is more strongly linked to lipid markers and depression in men, while women seem to be more affected by diet. (The Lancet)

Higher step counts were associated with fewer cancers, cardiovascular disease and mortality, according to data from the UK Biobank. (JAMA internal medicine)

Duke Health announced the world’s first partial heart transplant after a baby born with an arterial trunk received living arteries and valves. Donated tissue is expected to grow with the patient.

Abbott said that for babies with ductus arteriosus, the safety and effectiveness of transcatheter treatment with the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder has been supported by 3-year data.

Consider cumulative systolic blood pressure load for cardiovascular risk assessment in people with type 2 diabetes. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

An echocardiographic study of PARADISE-MI participants found that sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto) did not cause changes in left ventricular ejection fraction or left atrial volume compared to ramipril. (Traffic)

Not enough heart failure patients come to the outpatient clinic within 30 days of going to the emergency room. (Circulation: quality and cardiovascular results)

A validated prediction score flags people with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction who are at increased risk for transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy. (JAMA Cardiology)

Coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention resulted in less acute kidney injury with the use of a clinical decision support tool, according to a cluster-randomised trial from Canada. (JAMA)

Abbott warned of the risk of clip locking malfunctions that could affect the ability of the MitraClip G4 and MitraClip NTR/XTR devices to reduce mitral regurgitation.

Penumbra System RED Reperfusion Catheters are now CE marked and available for use in Mechanical Suction Thrombectomy in Europe.

Designed for improved ease of access and positioning of catheters in stroke thrombectomy, the Gecko steerable “mechatronic” guidewire has been tested in the first patient, manufacturer BCV announced.

The non-invasive VMAP Cardiac Mapping System used 12-lead ECG data to precisely locate the source and pacing of arrhythmia in a multicenter study. (Circulation: arrhythmia and electrophysiology)

Simultaneous coronary artery bypass grafting and carotid endarterectomy did not significantly affect 5-year outcomes compared with the graft procedure alone. (Stroke)

An experimental radiotracer, [18F]flurpiridaz, met performance targets for the detection of coronary artery disease by PET in a phase III trial. This radiotracer has a half-life of almost 2 hours, according to GE Healthcare.

The higher the consumption of artificial sweeteners, the higher the risk of incident cardiovascular disease in a large French cohort study. (The BMJ)

According to a large cohort study in Japan, the risks of aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm were higher with increasing blood pressure but decreasing fasting blood sugar. (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)

A favorable report of outcomes in women with chest pain despite no significant coronary blockages who were treated at a specialized women’s heart center. (Canadian Journal of Cardiology)

  • Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers cardiology news and other developments in medicine. Follow