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SCAI TAVR Center Keeps You Up-to-Date With April Journal Scan
It's tough finding the time to keep up-to-date on the latest TAVR developments.

Let the SCAI TAVR Center Journal Scan do the work for you with a compilation of the past month's top TAVR-related publications from cardiology journals.

Read this month's scan, compiled by Kreton Mavromatis, MD, FSCAI, and George Hanzel, MD, FSCAI, including the review of this top article in JACC: "5-year outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement or surgical aortic valve replacement for high surgical risk patients with aortic stenosis (PARTNER 1): a randomised controlled trial."

Whether you are a seasoned TAVR operator, a referring physician or interested in building a TAVR program at your institution, you'll find up-to-date, online expert-driven information on TAVR. Visit the SCAI TAVR Center now to participate in our poll on which transcatheter aortic valves you use.


The SCAI TAVR Center is supported through an educational grant from platinum sponsor Medtronic. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.
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SCAI 2015: Congenital and Structural Tracks to Merge Together for Joint Session on Complex Interventions
For decades, interventional cardiologists have come together at the SCAI Scientific Sessions to learn from one another, sharing knowledge as well as treatment tips and tricks. This year, at the SCAI 2015 meeting in San Diego, attendees will take collaboration to a new level with a new session that merges the congenital and structural heart disease tracks, providing a venue where attendees from each specialty can pool their knowledge. The Combined Congenital-Structural Heart Disease Symposium will be held on Friday, May 8, and co-moderated by Clifford Kavinsky, MD, PhD, FSCAI, chair of SCAI's Structural Heart Disease Committee, and Doff McElhinney, MD, FSCAI, chair of the SCAI 2015 Congenital Heart Disease program.

"There are some forms of congenital heart disease that either don't present until adulthood or that may not be detected until adulthood, and there are patients who have recurrent issues that will require interventions when they are adults. These patients may be treated by congenital interventionalists or by structural interventionalists," explains Dr. McElhinney. "It really depends on a number of factors, but the result is an in-between space where there's a need for dialogue and also for progress in thinking." Learn more about this collaborative session.


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Quality is Job No. 1: Pediatric Cath Labs Encouraged to Review SCAI-QIT Series
Launched at SCAI 2014, the Pediatric SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit is an extension of SCAI's successful SCAI-QIT for cath labs. Pediatric SCAI-QIT includes four modules: Procedural Quality, Catheterization Conferences, Procedural Checklists and Radiation Safety. Each module provides a specific and detailed bibliography of resources on pediatric care, numerous Web links for easy access to online resources, information on and access to registries and benchmarking information. SCAI recently concluded a series of webinars walking pediatric interventionalists and their cath lab teams through these modules.

Miss the series or a specific webinar? That's OK, you can still catch up on what you may have missed with the webinar archives:
  • Procedural Checklists — Paul Seib, MD, FSCAI, and Bryan Goldstein, MD, FSCAI
  • Procedural Quality — Kalyani Trivedi, MD, FSCAI, Robert Vincent, MD, FSCAI, Henri Justino MD, FSCAI, Doff McElhinney, MD, FSCAI
  • Conferences on Quality — V. Vivian Dimas, MD, FSCAI, Henri Justino, MD, FSCAI, Brent Gordon, MD, Matthew A. Crystal, MD
  • Radiation Safety — Ralph Holzer, MD, FSCAI, Andrew C. Glatz, MD, MSCE, Henri Justino, MD, FSCAI

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SCAI Job Bank Expanded to Include Career Openings for Cardiovascular Professionals
Reflecting the Society's expanded focus on providing educational, leadership and career development opportunities for the whole cath lab team, the SCAI Job Bank has expanded to include job postings for cardiovascular professionals.

Whether you are actively seeking job opportunities or just want to get the pulse of the current job market, the SCAI Job Bank offers:
  • Approximately 200 current job openings specific to interventional and invasive cardiology: Search jobs by location, specialty, keyword or company name.
  • Resume posting: Introduce yourself to hundreds of employers.
  • Job alerts: Register for email updates about positions that match your qualifications and interests.
Start your search at the SCAI Job Bank now:

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Lend Your Expertise to Advancing Our Specialty! Join a Committee at SCAI 2015
Want to help advance interventional cardiology care? Then it's the perfect time to lend your expertise to a SCAI committee. SCAI is reminding members that its next slate of full committee meetings will take place on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, in conjunction with SCAI 2015 Scientific Sessions at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Those interested in attending should schedule their trips to SCAI 2015 accordingly.

Remember SCAI's unique open-door policy means that every SCAI member is invited to attend most committee meetings of their choice — no formal appointments, no need to RSVP. Just take a look at the schedule and see what interests you. Then come check it out!

View the schedule of SCAI committee meetings at SCAI 2015

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Image of the Week: Residual VSD 7 Years Following MI and Percutaneous Closure
Christopher End, MD, of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, reviews a case of a residual ventricular septal defect seven years following myocardial infarction and percutaneous closure. What are the next steps in evaluation of the VSD?

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FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Cangrelor
Cardiovascular Business
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended the approval of cangrelor to reduce the risk of periprocedural thrombotic events in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing PCI. On April 15, the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted 9-2 in favor of the approval. One member abstained.
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Cardiologists Rejoice as Senate Repeals SGR
Cardiovascular Business
The Senate passed legislation to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate formula just hours before a 21.1 percent cut in the Medicare physician fees was scheduled to occur. The move was cheered by leading cardiology societies, which for many years had advocated for change.

Related: SGR Finally Repealed; Here's What Happens Next (SCAI)

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Expert Consensus Statement Addresses Expanding Options for Percutaneous Mechanical Support Devices
Several new percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices have become available for use in clinical practice in recent years, prompting four expert societies to release guidance outlining use of these devices in specific clinical situations. Such devices include the traditionally used intra-aortic balloon pump, as well as newer axial flow pumps, left atrial to femoral artery bypass pumps and others for institution of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, according to the statement by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the Heart Failure Society of America and the Society for Thoracic Surgery.

Related: Societies Release Consensus Document on Percutaneous Circulatory Support Devices (Medscape)
Societies Offer Guidance on Clinical Utility of Circulatory Assist Devices (Cardiovascular Research Foundation)

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New SCAI Survey Shows Interventionalists Still Plagued by Occupational Health Hazards
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Half of interventional operators experience some form of orthopedic injury, and about 1 in 10 have had to take a break from the cath lab due to a health-related issue. The findings, from a survey conducted by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, were published online March 24 ahead of print in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.

Related: Survey: Orthopedic Injuries Plague Half of Operators (Cardiovascular Business)

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40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators
MedTech Boston
A conversation with Christian Assad, MD, sounds more like a plot from a science-fiction movie than an interview, featuring artificial intelligence, augmented reality and exponential thinking. As an interventional cardiologist at El Camino Hospital, he seeks to not only impact his patients, but to care for people around the world.

Related: State-of-the-Art Opening Session at SCAI 2015 to feature Drs. Peter Fitzgerald and Christian Assad-Kottner (SCAI)

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Study Quantifies Costs Arising From Thrombotic Events During PCI for NSTE-ACS
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Thrombotic events that occur during PCI in patients with NSTE-ACS raise both in-hospital and 30-day costs by approximately 20 percent, according to a subanalysis of the ACUITY trial published online March 25 ahead of print in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. Out of the nearly 14,000 trial participants, researchers led by Gregg W. Stone, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, looked at a subset of 1,307 who underwent PCI in United States and had both angiographic core lab and economic data.
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Consensus Statement Provides New Guidance on Minimally Invasive Valve Treatments for Children, Adults
Recommendations for transcatheter pulmonic valve replacement for children and adults who were previously treated for CHD should be made by a heart team of interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, noninvasive cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists and radiologists, according to a new consensus statement released by four expert medical societies. As treatment options continue to advance for patients with congenital heart disease, children with these conditions are living into adulthood and, over time, may need additional treatment.
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Job Title Employer Location
Charge Nurse UHS of Delaware Inc. Bradenton, FL
Interventional Cardiology Need -
Group Practice
Gammons Group Metro, AL
PA - Cardiology St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare Eureka, CA

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Date Event Location
April 18-19 SCAI Bifurcation Session at SACIS 2015 Dammam, Saudi Arabia
April 23-24 SCAI Fellows Course Dubai Dubai, UAE
May 6 SCAI Vascular Access Safety Course San Diego
May 6-9 SCAI 2015 Scientific Sessions San Diego
May 8 Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp at SCAI 2015 San Diego
May 8 C3 SUMMIT® for Fellows at SCAI 2015 San Diego
May 15-17 SCAI Turkey Fellows Course Turkey
August 22-23 SCAI China Fellows Course TBA
Dec. 6-9 SCAI 2015 Fall Fellows Courses Las Vegas

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    BP Targets Loosened in Coronary Disease (MedPage Today)
SCAI Publishes Expert Consensus Statement Offering Guidance on Use of Heart Pumps (SCAI)
SCAI Survey: Interventionalists Continue to Face Risk of Work-related Injury Despite Increased Awareness (SCAI)
How Does CMS's New Interventional Cardiology Designation Affect E&M Coding? (SCAI)

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