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Date:12/21/2010

for CVD. However, the combination lipid therapy may be successful in reducing CVD risk in those type 2 diabetes patients who had low HDL cholesterol and low triglycerides. These results will be helpful for targeting specific treatments that best reduce CVD risk in people with diabetes.
  • The ACCORD Study Group New England Journal of Medicine, March 14,2010; N Engl J Med 2010;362:1575-85. N Engl J Med 2010; 362:1563-74. www.nejm.org; Funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and other National Institutes of Health divisions.

2. New advances for patients who aren't candidates for conventional valve surgery

Many patients with severe aortic blockage have other medical conditions that make it risky for them to have conventional surgery to replace the blocked aortic valve. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an emerging alternative therapy to open-heart surgery in these high-risk patients. Two new studies support the evidence that TAVI can improve symptoms and outcomes including quality of life even over the course of several years. While there are some risks associated with TAVI, including strokes and other major cardiovascular events, the catheter-based procedure offers significant progress in this area.

  • PARTNER Trial Investigators New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 22, 2010; N Engl J Med; 363(17):1597-607. www.nejm.org; Funding: Edwards Lifesciences.
  • Ye, et al Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, May 1, 2010; J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.; 139: 1107-1113. http://jtcs.ctsnetjournals.org; Funding: Edward Lifesciences.

3. Improving the way we reverse sudden cardiac arrest

More than 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year. Many die because the people around them didn't know how to or were uncomfortable perform
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