ESC blocks Russian documents; Heart defects Spell Trouble in COVID; Variants of the SCAD gene

Amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said it has suspended memberships in the Russian Society of Cardiology and the Belarusian Society of Cardiologists. And cardiologists from Russia or Belarus are banned from any ESC event.

High-sensitivity troponin I jumps after heart surgery must be much larger, having to cross a much higher threshold than the guidelines say, in order to be significantly related to 30-day mortality, according to a wide cohort study. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients were at higher risk of serious illness or death if they had congenital heart defects. (Traffic)

Several magnesium supplements failed to reduce arterial stiffness in overweight people, a randomized trial has shown. (Journal of the American Heart Association)

Cerebral perfusion was actually increased, not decreased, with intensive blood pressure control in the SPRINT MIND trial. (JAMA Neurology)

For mechanical obstructive valve thrombosis, surgery was less effective than low-dose slow thrombolysis in an observational study. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

There was a survival disadvantage for patients who had hypoattenuated leaflet thickening observed 30 days after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at one center. (Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions)

Study finds that post-TAVR permanent pacemakers placed during follow-up—not periprocedural pacemaker insertion—are associated with hospitalization for heart failure at approximately 3 years. (Heartbeat)

Transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement using the Evoque transfemoral system showed promising results at 30 days and 1 year. (JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions)

The S-CATH M esophageal temperature probe, notable for being visible on 3D cardiac mapping systems, has been cleared by the FDA for use during cardiac ablation procedures, Circa Scientific explains.

Subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy has been linked to pre-eclampsia in a meta-analysis. (The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology)

Variants in fibrillar collagen genes may make some people more susceptible to spontaneous coronary artery dissection. (JAMA Cardiology)

The ALPS trial may reveal a benefit of amiodarone treatment in shock-refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest after all. (Heart)

The meta-analysis supports several cardiovascular benefits of bariatric surgery. (European journal of the heart)

A cardiology researcher in Singapore has pleaded guilty to spying in the United States on behalf of Russia. (Straits time)

  • Nicole Lou is a reporter for MedPage Today, where she covers cardiology news and other developments in medicine. To follow