Cardio Round-Up: Practice Tips with Dr. Lichaa, TAVR Disparities in Distressed Locations; and More

Practice Tips with Dr. Lichaa: Wire Behavior and Location

Hady Lichaa, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and an interventional cardiologist specializing in complex coronary interventions. In the latest edition of Practice Tips, Dr. Lichaa discusses the systematic approach for understanding wire behavior and location. Dr. Lichaa is a content partner for DocWire News and contributes interventional content several times per month to DocWire News.

Areas with Greater Socioeconomic Distress and Black or Hispanic Patients Get Less TAVR

In a study published in JAMA Cardiology, researcher reported disparities in the administration rate of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures in areas with greater socioeconomic distress, and stated that they were associated with race, ethnicity, and economic factors.

“The reasons for these results are not clear. A biologic basis for race-based differences in TAVR rates is plausible and effort into defining aortic stenosis natural history in different populations is warranted. However, race is a social construct and so causes for unequal access to TAVR very likely span beyond genetics alone.”