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December 18, 2012
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  • Guidelines emphasize timely PCI in STEMI patients
    Percutaneous coronary intervention is the preferred treatment option for patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction if it can be performed quickly, according to guidelines updated from 2009. PCI is recommended for patients who've demonstrated STEMI symptoms for less than 12 hours, although it can be employed in those who have had symptoms for as long as 24 hours. Patients should receive aspirin and an antiplatelet agent before the procedure, according to the document, which also addresses strategies for getting patients to the cath lab more quickly, including improved patient awareness of symptoms. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/17), Forbes (12/17), MedPage Today (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Medical specialty groups call for permanent SGR fix
    The Alliance of Specialty Medicine, of which SCAI is a member, has written to Congress, calling for a permanent replacement for Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula before a 26.5% pay cut is enacted Jan. 1. The looming cuts have forced physicians to delay investments in practice infrastructure and consider their practices' work with Medicare patients moving forward, the alliance said. Modern Physician (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Service lines can help systems meet ACA objectives
    Cardiovascular service lines that combine the efforts of stakeholders in a cohesive unit, as was done at the Reid Heart Center at FirstHealth of the Carolinas, can help improve care, manage costs and enhance efficiency, experts say. Those objectives are increasingly important amid implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Developments 
  • CCI research backs transradial approach in carotid stenting
    Research published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions supports the transradial approach for carotid stenting in patients who have peripheral vascular disease or other issues that increase risks associated with the femoral route. Researchers documented a 91% procedural success rate using transradial access and found a 1.9% rate of 30-day stroke and death. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What were 2012's most important advances in cardiology?
    The American Heart Association has released its annual ranking of research advances. Extended CPR, renal denervation, treatments for children with heart disease and a number of stroke studies are among the developments cited on the list. Forbes (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle habits put cardiovascular disease progress at risk
    Increasing rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes may reverse gains made in reducing cardiovascular disease in the U.S., according to an American Heart Association report in Circulation. The report said 68% of adults are overweight or obese and one-third do not engage in leisure-time physical activity, while only 53% of people with hypertension have it under control. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SCAI News 
  • Time is running out to submit your abstracts to SCAI 2013: Deadline is Wednesday
    Want your research published in Interventional Cardiology's leading journal, Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions? Then be sure to submit your abstracts to the SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions by midnight Wednesday! In addition to being published in CCI, all accepted abstract presenters also receive free registration to SCAI 2013 and the Top 10 Abstracts are selected for oral presentation in the Sessions. Submit your abstract now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
    In observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, SCAI SmartBrief will not publish on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Regular publication of SCAI SmartBrief will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Enjoy the holidays! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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