Portico hits the market; Risks of TAVR explantation; Beware of unreliable records?

German recipients of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have shown that severe headaches can precede cerebral venous sinus thrombosis by a few days in vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), according to a brief report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Hospitals with multidisciplinary cardiogenic shock teams have performed better in shock management and cardiac survival in intensive care. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

A man recovering from mild COVID was hospitalized 2 months later for cardiogenic shock linked to multisystem inflammatory syndrome. (JACC: Case reports)

In the elderly, the investigational drug ciraparantag worked as a reversal agent for the oral anticoagulants apixaban (Eliquis) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). (European Heart Journal)

Considering the bleeding risks for people taking anticoagulants for more than a few months after an unprovoked first venous thromboembolism, a meta-analysis showed. (Annals of Internal Medicine)

A family intervention in India improved the cardiovascular risk profiles of people with coronary artery disease. (The Lancet Global Health)

Compared to other major surgeries, cardiac surgery has been associated with more neuronal damage in terms of the plasma biomarker pTau181 which is relatively specific to Alzheimer’s disease. (JAMA Neurology)

The FDA has given the green light to the self-expanding gantry with FlexNav system for catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), Abbott said. The valve had failed to improve contemporary commercial devices in the PORTICO IDE trial.

There are risks for surgical explantation of TAVR valves, according to the international EXPLANT-TAVR registry. (JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions)

National heart registries around the world vary widely in the processes used to ensure the completeness and accuracy of data. (Circulation: cardiovascular quality and results)

A Florida cardiologist paid the government $ 6.75 million to settle false claims of medically unnecessary ablations and venous stenting procedures, the Department of Justice said.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport records claimed that automated external defibrillators can save airline passengers from cardiac arrest in mid-flight. (Journal of the American Heart Association)

According to one group, less than half of states with publicly available adult stroke EMS protocols have recommended special transportation considerations for people suspected of stroke due to occlusion of a large vessel. (JAMA Neurology)

One small trial suggested the optimal window of time for stroke survivors to begin arm and hand use rehabilitation. (PNAS)

Young people with sickle cell anemia showed signs of reverse cardiac remodeling after less than a year of treatment with hydroxyurea. (Blood advances)

Statins have shown promise in going beyond cardiovascular prevention for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. (Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association)

  • Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers current events in cardiology and other developments in medicine. To follow

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