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ESC Highlights: DES Debate Continues, Hybrid-Imaging Hot Ticket

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Heart failure was the theme at this year's European Society of Cardiology Congress in Vienna, but drug-eluting stents dominated interest with imaging sessions also drawing crowds.

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