IV statins given early during ischemia protects the heart, a study in pigs showed, suggesting use in “ST-segment elevation MI on first medical contact, seems highly feasible.” (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
And Sun Pharmaceuticals said it launched a “sprinkle” formulation of rosuvastatin, sold as Ezallor, for people with difficulty swallowing.
Higher systolic blood pressure may increase risk of major valvular heart disease, according to a mendelian randomization study in JAMA Cardiology.
Invasive cardiology tops all other medical specialties for starting salary, according to a report from Merritt Hawkins. (Cardiovascular Business)
FDA approved an oral liquid suspension of amlodipine (Katerzia) to treat hypertension in people age 6 years and older. (MPR)
The agency also approved the fourth-generation MitraClip device, MitraClip G4, for treatment of mitral regurgitation, Abbott announced.
23andMe announced it will offer free genetic testing kits to first-degree relatives of anyone whose test comes up positive for a variant linked to hereditary transthyretin-related hereditary amyloidosis (hATTR). It’s part of an awareness campaign with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, maker of patisiran (Onpattro).
Suggestions on how to incorporate palliative care into care for cardiovascular patients are featured in Cardiovascular Business.
Skilled nurses matter, a study affirmed, showing 24% better in-hospital cardiac arrest survival with good neurological outcome with every 10% more nurses having a bachelor’s degree at the hospital. (Health Affairs)
The BBC and BMJ tackle saturated fat.
Northern China has among the world’s highest sodium intake, at roughly twice the recommended maximum limits, researchers reported in Journal of the American Heart Association.
Machine learning may be better than standard National Cardiovascular Data Registry models at picking out who is at risk for major bleeding after percutaneous coronary intervention, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open.
In-hospital cardiac arrest occurs about 38% more often in adults and 18% more in children than previously thought, researchers reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Black and other minority kids are less likely to get CPR, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
“The Watchman device is a good example of the double-edged sword that is modern medicine,” cardiologist David Becker writes in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Centera transcatheter aortic valve has had problems tracking and manipulation in the aortic arch resulting in dissection and death in Europe, Edwards announced. (MedTech Dive)
A German court ruled that alirocumab (Praluent) infringes on a PCSK9 patent and that sales should be halted. (BioPharma Dive)
The British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence reversed its decision and will approve patisiran for hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis. (Pharmaphorum)