Updated AUC app from SCAI addresses diagnostics, treatment options | Fewer heart disease deaths help boost U.S. life expectancy | Societies update guideline for unstable angina, non-STEMI cases
Web Version
October 14, 2014
SCAI SmartBrief
News for Invasive/Interventional Cardiologists

Top Stories
Updated AUC app from SCAI addresses diagnostics, treatment options
SCAI has upgraded its appropriate use criteria calculator to assist physicians in making treatment decisions for patients facing coronary revascularization, heart failure imaging or diagnostic catheterization. "SCAI's electronic applications are a key part of our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care provided in cardiac catheterization laboratories," said SCAI President Dr. Charles Chambers. The updated app's new functions, including responses that can be copied into EHRs, represent "the latest and most accurate information to assist physicians in decision making that will improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs," Chambers said. CardiovascularBusiness.com (10/7)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Fewer heart disease deaths help boost U.S. life expectancy
Heart disease
Average life expectancy for a baby born in 2012 is 78.8 years, according to the CDC, a new high credited partly to fewer deaths from heart disease, cancer and chronic illness. The figure is a one-month increase over the 2011 estimate, and eight of the top 10 sources of mortality decreased, including a 1.8% drop in heart disease-related deaths and a 1.5% decrease in cancer mortality. Bloomberg (10/8)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Other News
Policy & Professional News
Male doctors receive more industry payments than women
A ProPublica analysis of data from the federal Open Payments website found that few women are on the list of doctors paid the most last year by makers of drugs and medical devices. The analysis found that 12% of the highest-paid speakers and consultants among internists were women, while 34% of internists nationally were women in 2010. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Upshot blog/ProPublica (10/9)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
In a sea of new delivery models, which is right for your practice?
Falling reimbursements and rising expenses have medical practices considering a variety of new models to improve business operations. Accountable care is one new model gaining attention, but it's not right for all practices, writes Rosemarie Nelson of the Medical Group Management Association Health Care Consulting Group. Whatever approach a practice settles on, however, there's little question that value-based care must be a piece of the puzzle. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/9)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Other News
Medical Developments
Study: 5 healthy habits linked to lower stroke risk in women
Woman exercising.
(Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreakmedia Ltd)
Women who adopted five healthy habits -- eating a healthy diet, being physically active, consuming alcohol in moderation, maintaining a healthy body weight and not smoking -- had a 54% lower risk of stroke than those who reported none of the habits, according to a study published in Neurology. The findings, based on data from almost 32,000 women in Sweden, showed the odds of stroke decreased consistently as the number of healthy habits increased. HealthDay News (10/8)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Beta-blockers tied to higher stroke risk in some patients
An analysis of data on nearly 15,000 patients found that treatment with beta-blockers was linked to a higher risk of stroke among patients with multiple heart disease risk factors but no history of a cardiovascular event. Researchers also found that use of beta-blockers was not linked to lower cardiovascular events in those with no history of myocardial infarction and heart failure. The findings were published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (10/6)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Study: MR perfusion may have a place in CAD diagnostic toolbox
Myocardial MR perfusion may in some cases be a good option for assessing ischemic coronary artery disease, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. "MR perfusion appears most clinically useful in patients with an intermediate pre-test probability of CAD, as both a positive and negative test can provide a relatively acceptable post-test probability of CAD," the authors wrote. It may be less useful in cases where the patient is likely to undergo invasive procedures anyway, they said. CardiovascularBusiness.com (10/10)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
RSVP for launch of the Pediatric SCAI-QIT Webinar Series on Nov. 5
This fall, Pediatric SCAI-QIT Chairs Henri Justino, MD, FSCAI, and Kalyani Trivedi, MD, FSCAI, and CHD Committee Chair Doff McElhinney, MD, FSCAI, will host SCAI's latest webinar series focusing on quality in the cath lab. The series will launch Wednesday, Nov. 5, with a close-up look at the Pediatric SCAI Quality Improvement Toolkit's cornerstone module on Procedural Quality. The series will continue through January, giving pediatric interventionalists and their teams four opportunities to learn about each tool from its architect and to provide feedback. RSVP now!
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Have a great case? Submit it to SCAI.org
Beginning this spring, SCAI launched several clinical interest sections on SCAI.org, including the Coronary and Peripheral Clinical Interest Sections and the SCAI TAVR Center. SCAI.org will soon launch clinical interest sections specific to Congenital and Structural Interventions and Imaging in coming weeks. The SCAI.org Editorial Board is inviting the interventional/invasive cardiology community to participate in the SCAI.org Clinical Interest Sections by submitting original clinical case studies for publication. If you have an interesting image or case from the cath lab, consider submitting it for consideration for publication as a SCAI.org Image Review. Submit your case now.
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it -- basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them."
-- Charles Bukowski,
German-born American writer
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
The news summaries appearing in SCAI SmartBrief are based on original information from news organizations and are produced by SmartBrief, Inc., an independent e-mail newsletter publisher. SCAI is not responsible for the content of sites external to SCAI, nor do reports in SCAI SmartBrief constitute the official opinion of SCAI.
The SCAI SmartBrief news roundup is provided as a timely update for SCAI members and other healthcare professionals. Links to articles are provided for readers' convenience and may be of use in discussions with patients or colleagues. Questions and comments about SCAI SmartBrief may be directed to SmartBrief at scai@smartbrief.com.
Subscriber Tools
Please contact one of our specialists for advertising opportunities, editorial inquiries, job placements, or any other questions.
Editor:  Melissa Turner
Advertising:  Wynn Hansen
  P: 202.470.1149

Download the SmartBrief App  iTunes / Android
iTunes  Android
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2014 SmartBrief, Inc.®
Privacy policy |  Legal Information