Drone that saves the heart; Drug-associated myocarditis; CAR-T therapy for HF?

In Sweden, a drone delivered the automated external defibrillator that saved a man in cardiac arrest. (BBC)

Israel is recording its first case of myocarditis following an infection with Omicron, apparently in a healthy man in his 40s who last received a coronavirus vaccine in August. (Israel Times)

Watch out for subclinical heart failure in people recovering from mild to moderate COVID-19 illness. (European Heart Journal)

Observational data supports a survival benefit from eating olive oil instead of margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and dairy fat. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

Mothers who breastfed tended to have better subsequent cardiovascular outcomes, according to a meta-analysis. (Journal of the American Heart Association)

The American Academy of Neurology issues statement on how to approach emergency medical decision making for patients with acute ischemic stroke. (Neurology)

The FDA has alerted Cardiovascular Systems Inc. of a Class I recall of the Wirion embolic protection device used during atherectomy, due to problems with filter rupture during recovery.

China is finally approving aortic valve catheter replacement using a Medtronic self-expanding device, the company said.

A distal approach to transradial access for coronary catheterization reduced radial artery occlusion rates by half. (JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions)

In a small randomized trial, patients with acute coronary syndrome with no refractory reflux performed somewhat better with treatment with intracoronal epinephrine instead of adenosine. (Circulation: Cardiovascular interventions)

Scientists have identified a transcription factor that can alter the epigenetic signaling of atherosclerotic plaque formation, potentially heralding a new line of therapy for coronary artery disease. (Circulation)

Global pharmacovigilance study reveals new drugs associated with myocarditis and varying presentations of myocarditis depending on drug class. (Nature Communication)

According to the INSPIRATION-S trial, statin therapy was of no help for COVID-19 patients in intensive care. (BMJ)

Compared to cigarettes, vaping may be associated with less inflammatory and oxidative stress. Does this translate into reduced cardiovascular risk? (Nicotine and tobacco research)

Using a 3D printed model to guide the difficult transcatheter closure of a large mitral paravalvular leak. (JACC: Case reports)

A new immunotherapy strategy for heart failure? Scientists succeeded in generating CAR-T cells targeting fibroblasts from mRNA injections, thereby reducing scarring in the hearts of mice. (Science)

Convicted murderer Robert Durst, the subject of the popular true crime documentary “The Jinx”, has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 78. (New York Times)

The Danish soccer player with an implantable cardioverting defibrillator was not picked to join his national team, but says he still wants to play at this year’s FIFA World Cup. (CNN)

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

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