Echocardiogram reading by cardiologists needs to improve

by Crystal Phend

Insufficient training among cardiologists in reading echocardiography results is wasting healthcare dollars and subjecting patients to unnecessary procedures, researchers said.

A review by sonographers of cardiologist-interpreted echocardiography findings at a Milwaukee medical center during a period of just over a year indicated major discrepancies in 29% of cases, leading to unnecessary further diagnostic testing or treatments for the wrong indication, according to a study presented here at the American …

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Supplemental oxygen during cardiac arrest resuscitation

by Michael Smith

Administering high concentrations of supplemental oxygen during resuscitation after cardiac arrest is associated with increased inhospital mortality, researchers said.

So-called blood hyperoxia resulting from being given pure oxygen after cardiac arrest was associated with an 80% increase in the risk of death, compared with patients whose blood gases were normal on admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), according to Stephen Trzeciak, MD, of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, …

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Causes of stroke in young adults

by Todd Neale

The recent stroke suffered by Delaware’s attorney general Beau Biden, who is 41, has highlighted the fact that people of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health.

A statement from Timothy Gardner, MD, medical director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del., where Biden was initially treated, said he had suffered a “mild stroke,” although it remains unknown whether …

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