News for Vascular Specialists, March 26, 2013: STEMI, IVC Filters, Renal Denervation, PE

News in recent weeks has covered a wide variety of vascular disease therapies, from aortic stenting to renal denervation. Among the news was a release from Miracor, which announced that the first German patient had been successfully treated with the PISCO (pressure-controlled intermittent coronary sinus occlusion) system to prevent tissue damage in the heart after primary percutaneous intervention (PCI) for ST elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI). The PICSO balloon redistributes flow into heart tissue that has poor flow, helping to improve microcirculation. In related news, at the ACC 62nd annual scientific meeting, data were presented that showed that patients with STEMI who cannot undergo PCI in a catheterization lab within 60 minutes of first medical contact have similar clinical outcomes from early fibrinolysis with Metalyse (tenecteplase, TNK-tPA) followed by timely angiography compared to primary PCI.

Lead author of IVC study Richard White, MD, chief of general medicine and medical director of the anticoagulation service at UC Davis.

Lead author of UC Davis IVC filter study Richard White, MD

Also, UC Davis physicians published results of a study that looked at practice patters for inferior vena cava (IVC) filters and called for further study of their safety. The investigators called for further study on whether the filters prevent venous thromboembolism. 

“There is little medical evidence that this device does what it is assumed to do, which is prevent pulmonary embolism and save lives,” said lead author Richard White, chief of general medicine and medical director of the anticoagulation service at UC Davis, in a press release. “The decision seems to be driven instead by hospital culture, likely reflecting the opinions of key physicians.”

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