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10th February, 2018
Stenting is not just placement of a stent

A coronary angiogram is an invasive procedure and is done in a specifically designed catheterization laboratory, commonly known as Cath Lab. It must be equipped with ECG monitor, defibrillator, endotracheal tubes, temporary pacemakers and leads, oxygen and other equipments for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including surgical (CABG) back up and arrangement with a link hospital. A diagnostic catheter, guide wire, needle for artery puncture, artery sheath is needed for an angiography.

Coronary angioplasty opens up the blocked artery and restores blood flow to the heart. It involves the use of guide wires, balloon catheter, stents, dye, special x-ray screen. For optimal results, knowledge of the lesion is important. This assessment is done by imaging (IVUS). It is also important to choose a stent that is most appropriate to the lesion.... read more

Top News

Today is National Deworming Day 2018

National Deworming Day is observed on February 10 every year across the country since it was first launched in 2015 as part of the National Health Mission. The objective is to increase awareness about worm infections, their impact on health and cure and prevent further infection through deworming (albendazole) tablets. ... read more

American Heart Top Heart Advances of the year 2017

Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India 1. The new guidelines, published in the journal Stroke, say the clot-removal treatment window may be increased from six hours to up to 24 hours for specific patients who have clots in large vessels in the brain. The guidelines also increase the number of patients who will have access to a clot-dissolving drug proven to lower the chances for disability.... read more

Practice Updates

American College of Rheumatology White Paper on use of Biosimilars

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published a new white paper February 7, 2018 titled “The Science Behind Biosimilars – Entering a New Era of Biologic Therapy,” providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific, clinical, economic and prescribing issues pertaining to biosimilar use, including efficacy, competition .... read more

Apalutamide lowers risk of metastases in castration-resistant prostate cancer

Apalutamide is an effective treatment for men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) at high risk for developing metastatic disease, and for whom no approved treatments exist. These findings from the phase III placebo-controlled SPARTAN trial will be presented at the upcoming 2018 .... read more

AAP 2018 immunization schedule for children and adolescents

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a policy statement describing the 2018 recommended immunization schedules for children and teens to be published in the March 2018 issue of the journal Pediatrics. Among others, it includes guidance on issuing an optional third dose of a mumps-containing vaccine during a mumps outbreak ... read more

MIND diet slows cognitive decline in stroke survivors

The MIND diet, which zeros in on foods that promote brain health, including vegetables, berries, fish and olive oil, helps to greatly slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to preliminary research presented January 25, 2018 at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018 in Los Angeles,... read more

A new 3-Drug Combo for HIV

The US FDA has approved Biktarvy (bictegravir 50mg/emtricitabine 200mg/tenofovir alafenamide 25mg) as a once-daily single tablet regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults who have no antiretroviral treatment history or to replace the current antiretroviral regimen in those who are virologically suppressed (HIV-1 RNA <50 c/mL) on a stable antiretroviral regimen for at least three months with no history of treatment failure .... read more

Low serum sodium levels affect cognition in older adults

According to a new study published February 8, 2018 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, hyponatremia is linked with cognitive impairment as well as decline in cognitive function with advancing age. Men with serum sodium levels of 126-140 mmol/L were 30% more likely to have cognitive.... read more

Cardiology Updates

Does serum albumin level have an effect on neurological outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?

A prospective, multicenter observational study that analyzed whether serum albumin concentration upon hospital arrival had prognostic indications on out-of-hospital cardiac.... read more

Is transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-valve implantation a good option in patients with Ebstein anomaly?

A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology determined the acute results and short- to medium-term durability of transcatheter.... read more

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Prime Minister Should Enhance age of Superannuation of Medical Scientists of ICMR
The move will bring equity at par with medical doctors in other organizations
New Delhi, 9th February 2018: In a letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the President Heart Care Foundation of India has put forth a strong case for increasing the retirement age of medical scientists in Government Health Research Organizations to bring equity at par with medical doctors at other organizations – one of them being the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the other being CSIR.
ICMR is an autonomous body and was established by the GOI, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. This medical research body is more than 100 years old and aims to bring modern health technology to people by translating medical innovations into products/ processes in prevention and care.
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