In the News


EKG and high-sensitivity troponin T may rule out myocardial infarction

Among chest-pain patients with no new ischemia on an electrocardiogram (EKG) and troponin T below 0.005 µg/L, only 0.5% had an acute myocardial infarction during hospitalization and none died.

Procalcitonin can help differentiate bacterial from viral CAP, but no specific cutoff found

For distinguishing any type of bacterial community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) from viral CAP, a procalcitonin threshold of 0.1 ng/mL produced a sensitivity of 80.9% and a specificity of 51.6%.

Rivaroxaban reduced recurrence of unprovoked VTE compared to warfarin

The results support and expand on the findings of previous clinical trials and observational studies of rivaroxaban, by looking at routine care and including patients with pulmonary embolism.

New drug for acute heart failure failed to improve inpatient symptoms or long-term mortality

The industry-funded study found that ularitide exerted favorable physiological effects but did not reduce cardiovascular deaths or improve the inpatient clinical course.

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Physician editor: A. Scott Keller, MD, FACP