Do Continuous-flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices Increase Risk of GI Bleeding and Thrombosis?

Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices increase the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and thromboembolic events, researchers report in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation results in improved survival and quality of life in patients with advanced heart failure. Continuous-flow LVADs (CF-LVADs) are

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Is it Safe for Patients With Cardiovascular Disease to Discontinue Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy?

In patients with cardiovascular disease, discontinuing low-dose aspirin therapy after peptic ulcer bleeding increases risk of death and acute cardiovascular events almost 7-fold, according to the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Many patients with cardiovascular disease receive low-dose aspirin, for its cardioprotective effects. However, aspirin can also cause

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Do Stents Prevent Pancreatitis After ERCP?

Pancreatic duct stents reduce the incidence of pancreatitis following endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), according to a study published in the October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Pancreatitis is the most common and potentially serious complication following ERCP, occurring in up to 9% of patients that receive this procedure and

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