OCT identifies heart patients who can forgo stenting
September 2, 2016 -- As many as one-fourth of heart attack patients who would normally have a stent implanted can forgo the procedure in favor of conservative management based on the results of optical coherence tomography (OCT), concluded U.S. researchers in a presentation at the European Society of Cardiology congress (ESC 2016) in Rome.  Discuss
ESC: CT is effective gatekeeper for invasive angio
September 1, 2016 -- In stable patients with chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease, using coronary CT angiography to guide the selective use of invasive coronary angiography is safer and less expensive than sending patients directly to angiography, according to results presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Rome.  Discuss
ESC: How do cardiologists use Twitter?
August 31, 2016 -- ROME - Tweeting cardiologists are an even rarer breed than tweeting radiologists, it seems. Scottish researchers could only identify 94 cardiologists who use Twitter, 55 of whom are based in the U.S., delegates at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual congress learned on Tuesday.  Discuss
ESC: Danes shed new light on CT and chest pain
August 30, 2016 -- ROME - In patients with chest pain, should you use cardiac CT or functional testing? A large study from Denmark presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual congress found advantages and disadvantages to the cardiac CT-based approach.  Discuss
ESC: No benefit in treating extracoronary lesions
August 30, 2016 -- Treating asymptomatic extracoronary artery disease provides no extra benefit to high-risk patients compared with a less aggressive approach that treats only symptomatic disease, according to a report presented on Monday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in Rome.  Discuss
4D flow MRI shows smallest hint of LV dysfunction
August 23, 2016 -- Four-dimensional flow MRI can depict even subtle changes in left ventricular (LV) function, bringing new insight to the diagnosis of patients with mild left ventricular dysfunction and remodeling, concludes a study published on 17 August in PLOS One.  Discuss