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Why the Glass is More Than Half-Full: Don't Miss Tomorrrow's Livecast of SCAI's New President's Inaugural Presentation
This Friday morning at 8 a.m. (Pacific Time), SCAI's new President, James C. Blankenship, MD, MHCM, FSCAI, will make his first presentation to the Interventional Cardiology Community. Reflecting on nearly 30 years as a practicing interventional cardiologist and many years representing the specialty in advocacy and quality arenas, Dr. Blankenship will present "Optimism and Interventional Cardiology."
"In recent years, cardiac care has been transformed by developments in structural heart disease innovations, such as transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacement, rapidly evolving stent technology and a growing focus on the Heart Team approach and shared decision making with patients and families," he said. "Now more than ever we have huge opportunities to impact our patients' lives and their quality of life."
Don't miss Dr. Blankenship's look at the present and future of your field and your Society. Simply visit http://live.ovationevents.com/scai2015/live/ tomorrow at 8 a.m. PDT.
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Take Advantage of the Weekend Pass at SCAI 2015 on Thursday and Friday
It's not too late to take part in Interventional Cardiology's Annual Meeting. SCAI 2015 is offering one-day registration as well as a special weekend pass for interventional and invasive cardiologists and cath lab professionals to attend Friday and Saturday programming at a reduced rate. This offers a great opportunity to catch the Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp on Friday as well as the SCAI 2015 Coronary, Congenital, Peripheral and Structural Tracks. Saturday features the six-hour SCAI/Cath Lab Digest CVP Symposium as well as hands-on new technology workshops. Email Eric Grammer at email@example.com for details on the weekend pass as well as discounted rates for sending multiple cath lab team members. Learn more about SCAI 2015.
SCAI Supports Research for All Act
SCAI is one 38 groups supporting bipartisan legislation reintroduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-5) and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY-at large) to bring gender equality to essential aspects of medical research. The Research for All Act would require the inclusion and separate analysis of male and female animals, tissues and cells in research conducted and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While the NIH has taken positive steps in this direction, current law does not require researchers to study female animals when conducting basic medical research. More details on the legislation are available here.
To stay up-to-date on the bill's progress through the U.S. Legislature, watch for email updates from SCAI. On Twitter, follow @SCAI and #Research4All.
NHLBI Looking for Input on Development of Strategic Plan
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is developing its strategic plan for the next 10 years. This is your best chance to influence NIH research funding for a long time. Submit your ideas by May 15.
Join the #SCAI2015 Dialogue on Twitter
New to Twitter? This is the perfect opportunity to join and connect with others on a commonly shared interest.
Not sure what you should share on Twitter? Here are a few ideas:
Learn more — from basics (what is a hashtag?) to more advanced (70-20-10 plan) — by visiting the #SCAI2015 Twitter Guide.
- Tell us which sessions and workshops you're attending.
- Share interesting and helpful takeaways from sessions.
- Share links to online resources that other attendees might also find useful.
- Post photos from the sessions, exhibit halls or other social gatherings of you and your colleagues.
- Share news stories about the conference or other relevant topics.
Image of the Week: OCT of an LAD Bifurcation Lesion
Arnold Seto, MD, MPA, FSCAI, chief of cardiology at Long Beach VA Medical Center, reviews a case involving a 3-D OCT of an LAD bifurcation lesion in a 27-year-old woman with CREST syndrome, limited scleroderma and intermittent atypical chest pain. What does the OCT tell us?
To access more image reviews, CCI content and the latest headlines on OCT/IVUS/FFR, polls and more, please visit the SCAI Imaging Center.
The SCAI Imaging Center is developed and maintained with the generous support of St. Jude Medical. SCAI gratefully acknowledges this support while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.
New Dad Given 2 Hours to Live After Bike Accident Survives With Heart Pump Implant
Nearly three years ago, 47-year-old Curtis Broome and his wife set off on a 32-plus-mile bike ride along a route called The Three Bears in Northern California. While the couple had scheduled the ride in an attempt to play matchmaker for friends who had come along, about 5 miles into the trip, Curtis began to fall behind.
Study: EHRs Alone Have No Effect on Ischemic Stroke Care Quality
Ischemic stroke patients at hospitals with electronic health record systems did not have better illness progression or care quality than similar patients at hospitals without EHRs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. For the study, researchers analyzed data on more than 625,000 patients who received care between 2007 and 2010 at 1,236 U.S. hospitals.
It's a Name Changer: Designation Removes Impediments for Interventional Cardiologists
Finally. The approval of a designation for interventional cardiologists allows the subspecialists to be recognized by Medicare for who they are and what they do. And what a difference it makes.
Higher Baseline Troponin I Linked to Vulnerable Plaque in Elective PCI Patients
Approximately 1 in 5 patients with stable angina undergoing elective PCI have subclinical increases in cardiac troponin I at hospital admission, according to a single-center study published online in the April 2015 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. Elevated troponin was independently associated with signs of unstable plaque on OCT imaging and increased odds of periprocedural myocardial injury.
Patients With STEMI in Rural Areas Treated Faster if They Call 911, Use EMS
Study results of patients with STEMI in rural areas found that they were treated faster if they called 911 and arrived to a PCI-capable hospital via emergency medical services than if they arrived via personally owned vehicle. Researchers analyzed data from 774 patients with STEMI who arrived between the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014 at 19 hospitals in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota that participated in Mission: Lifeline.
Treating Hypertension in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease
The Clinical Advisor
Healthcare providers should focus on lowering blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with coronary heart disease, stroke or other forms of heart disease, according to a scientific statement published March 31 online in Hypertension. The statement, issued jointly by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Hypertension, also recommends that it may be appropriate to induce a blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg in persons with heart disease who have already had a heart attack, stroke, transient ischemic attack or in persons who have other cardiovascular conditions such as carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease or abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some
HealthDay News via WebMD
Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report.
In the review of published studies on the subject, patients treated with digoxin had a 21 percent increased risk of early death overall from any cause, compared with patients not taking the drug.
Safety of Snare Device for LAA Closure Questioned
Off-label use of the Lariat device for left atrial appendage closure has led to some serious adverse events and at least one fatality, a review warned.
The five published reports of this off-label use in a total of 309 patients turned up a "potentially concerning safety profile," Jay Giri, MD, MPH, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and colleagues found.
COPD Doubles Risk for Fatal Heart Attack
New research finds that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases the risk for sudden cardiac death, even among patients without major heart problems.
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