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SCAI and Cath Lab Digest Teaming Up for CVP Symposium at SCAI 2015
SCAI and Cath Lab Digest are teaming up to provide a day-long, comprehensive SCAI/Cath Lab Digest CVP Symposium at SCAI 2015 in San Diego May 9 targeted at:
  • Critical care nurses;
  • Cardiovascular invasive specialists;
  • Cath lab managers and supervisors;
  • Cardiovascular clinical nurse specialists;
  • Other specialists working in diagnostic and interventional cardiology.
"This symposium is really focused on getting you ahead of the curve," said Session Moderator Rena Silver, MSN, APN, CNP, who first attended SCAI Scientific Sessions in 1998. "Rather than focusing broadly on cardiac problems we're going to have a heavy emphasis on cutting-edge, highly complex interventional procedures."

More about the CVP Symposium, including the agenda

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SCAI 2015 to Feature Cath Lab Tour on Thursday Evening
Let's face it. Some of the best practices in your cath lab come from other cath labs. With that in mind, SCAI 2015 will feature a tour of the UC San Diego cath lab on Thursday evening along with dinner and presentations exploring cutting-edge solutions to current-day cath lab challenges by Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FSCAI, Anthony DeMaria, MD, Manos Brilakis, MD, FSCAI and Giora Weisz, MD, FSCAI.

Space is limited. Make your reservations now.

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Warning: VASC May Result in Lower Complication Rates at Your Cath Lab
Vascular access complications are among the most common problems negatively impacting interventional outcomes.

The solution? SCAI's Vascular Access Safety Course (SCAI VASC) in San Diego on Wednesday, May 6. A satellite course at SCAI 2015, this program will feature experts presenting the best practices for all commonly used vascular access sites and techniques with the goal of providing you an advanced understanding of the intricacies of vascular access. "Over the years, many SCAI members have expressed the need for a common vascular access symposium. VASC is the response to that request," said Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FSCAI, who will co-chair the course with Sunil Rao, MD, FSCAI, and Adhir Shroff, MD, FSCAI.

Attendance is free; however advance enrollment is encouraged. Find out more.

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All Members Encouraged to Attend SCAI's Annual Business Meeting on Friday, May 8
SCAI reminds members to plan to attend the Society's Annual Business Meeting, which will be conveniently held at SCAI 2015 Scientific Sessions on Friday, May 8, 7:30-8 a.m. PDT in Room Aqua CD at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101.

The meeting will include the election of SCAI officers. All members in good standing are welcome to attend; current SCAI Fellows, Senior Fellows (FSCAI) and Master Interventionalists (MSCAI) are eligible to vote. Members interested in additional information are also welcome to attend.

The 2015 SCAI Nominating Committee has made, and the SCAI Executive Committee and Board of Trustees have endorsed, the following nominations for SCAI Officers and Trustees.

  • Immediate Past President: Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI
  • President: James Blankenship, MD, MSc, FSCAI
  • President-Elect: Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, MHCDS, FSCAI
  • Vice President: Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FSCAI
  • Secretary: Kirk Garratt, MD, FSCAI
  • Sundeep Mishra, MD, DM, FSCAI
  • Kalon Ho, MD, MSc, FSCAI
  • Dawn Abbott, MD, FSCAI

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Medscape Cardiologist Compensation Report 2015
Cardiologists who responded to this year's Medscape compensation survey described their compensation, number of hours worked, practice changes resulting from health care reform and how they have adapted to the new health care environment.
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Sports Participation Appears Safer Today for Children With Long QT Syndrome
A single-center review of children and adolescents with long QT syndrome yielded no deaths or cardiac events during sports participation. The findings could mean that sports participation is safer for these children than previously thought, Peter Aziz, MD, and colleagues wrote in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.
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High-sensitivity Troponin Assay More Precisely Calibrates Mortality Risk in Suspected ACS Patients
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Use of a new high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T assay in patients with suspected ACS detects minor troponin elevations in many that may not have been identified by previous tests, according to a registry study published in the April 28 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Although only about one-fifth of these patients turn out to have ACS, they are at higher mortality risk than their counterparts with no detectable troponin.
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Best Degree of Oversizing Varies by TAVR Device
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Different degrees of oversizing result in varying outcomes between balloon-expandable and self-expanding TAVR devices, shows an observational study published online April 2 ahead of print in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. Although the findings are "simply hypothesis generating," study co-author Jonathon Leipsic, MD, of St. Paul's Hospital, told TCTMD in an email, they "should at least make operators pause and think about which device may be suited for a given patient's anatomy and annular geometry."

Related: SCAI TAVR Center (SCAI)

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Societies Offer Guidance on Clinical Utility of Circulatory Assist Devices
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
In light of increases in both the availability and use of percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices, four medical societies recently issued an expert consensus paper to help physicians match the right device with the right patient. The document, drafted by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America and Society for Thoracic Surgeons, was published online April 7 ahead of print in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions and two other journals.

Related: Leading Cardiovascular Societies Release New Guidance on Use of Heart Pumps (SCAI)

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AHA Issues Recommendations for Older Adults With Congenital Heart Disease
The increasing population and improved longevity of adults with congenital heart disease prompted the American Heart Association to release a scientific statement for health care providers who treat patients older than 40 years with congenital heart disease. The statement encourages physical activity, declares that sexual activity is reasonable for most adults with congenital heart disease and alerts clinicians that these patients may be at increased risk for heart failure, valvular heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and arrhythmia.
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Potential Harms From Cath Lab Radiation May Include Heart Disease
Cardiovascular Business
Interventional cardiologists and nurses worry about cardiovascular disease developing in their patients. A study that looked at long-term radiation exposure to cath lab operators and staff may prompt them to add themselves to that list.

Related: Interventional Cardiologists Continue to Face Risk of Work-related Injury Despite Increased Awareness, According to SCAI Survey (SCAI)

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Radial RIVALs Femoral Access, Especially in Women
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Because women undergoing cardiac cath are at higher risk of vascular access site complications than men, they may benefit more from radial procedures, according to a study published in the April 20 issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. The main RIVAL trial randomized 7,021 ACS patients undergoing angiography for possible intervention to radial or femoral access.
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Physician Advocates in Washington, DC, Eager to Shift Focus to Quality
Cardiovascular Business
With the "doc fix" behind them, cardiology's advocates are ready to move onto other important issues. "Now we can really start talking about how we implement rewarding quality of care and switching from volume to quality," said SCAI Advocacy Committee Chair Peter L. Duffy, MD, MMM, FSCAI.

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

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Study: Statins Cost-effective for Older Patients
MedPage Today
Treating all elderly people in the U.S. with lipid-lowering drugs would result in 8 million additional statin users and prevent 68,000 deaths from coronary heart disease, assuming the treatment caused no harm, researchers reported. The computer-simulation modeling study showed generic statin use to be cost-effective in people ages 75 and older, but even a small increase in adverse events related to advanced age could offset this projected benefit, noted Michelle Odden, PhD, of Oregon State University in Corvallis, and colleagues.
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Hydration During PCI Reduces Contrast Nephropathy
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
Hydration during primary percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with a reduction in the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. In an effort to examine the role of hydration in prevention of CIN, Alfonso Jurado-Román, MD, from University Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, and colleagues conducted a prospective trial involving 408 consecutive patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing PPCI.
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SCAI Survey Finds Work-related Injury Rising Among Interventional Cardiologists
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology
Nearly half of interventional cardiologists responding to a survey conducted by the SCAI reported at least one work-related orthopedic complication. The findings, published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, indicate that occupational health issues are on the rise among interventional cardiologists.
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Date Event Location
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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