Fibrinolysis for pulmonary embolism may prevent hemodynamic collapse [PEITHO trial]

Image: CC/Heilman 1. Fibrinolysis in addition to standard anticoagulation reduced hemodynamic decompensation, but did not affect overall mortality, in patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism.   2. Fibrinolysis...

Perioperative beta-blocker use beneficial in select cardiovascular subgroups

Image: PD  1. Beta-blocker use was associated with no significant improvement in major cardiovascular adverse events (MACE) or all-cause mortality in all patients with ischemic...

Intracranial carotid artery atherosclerosis independently linked to increased stroke risk

Image: PD  1. Intracranial carotid artery atherosclerosis was demonstrated to be a major risk factor for stroke in a white population.  2. Intracranial atherosclerosis was shown...

Non-invasive ventilation linked with lower mortality in COPD exacerbations

1. For patients admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations requiring ventilatory support, non-invasive ventilation (NIV) was associated with a lower rate of...

Troponin use for suspected coronary syndrome limited in chronic kidney disease

1. This systematic review of the literature demonstrated weak or inconclusive evidence regarding the diagnostic accuracy of troponin I (TnI) and troponin I (TnT)...

Lower blood transfusion threshold in septic shock safe at 90-days

1. Patients with septic shock requiring critical care and transfused to a lower hemoglobin threshold had similar rates of mortality at 90-days after randomization...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind February 10-16, 2014

Image: PD In this section, we will highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Twenty five year follow-up...

Venous thromboembolism after vaginal delivery rising, preventative measures lacking

1. Current rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis during vaginal delivery hospitalizations are low, with patients having a history of VTE and/or hypercoagulability most...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind March 10 – 17, 2014

Image: PD In this section, we will highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Idelalisib and Rituximab in...

Increased incidence of stroke found after aortic valve replacement

Image: PD  1. Rates of clinical stroke after aortic valve replacement surgery were found to be 17%, more than twice the rate of 7% reported...

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