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February 12, 2013
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  • Congenital conditions can resurface, making monitoring essential
    Thanks to advances in care, many young adults who were treated as children for congenital heart defects go on to live normal lives, but they still need to be seen by a cardiologist, said SCAI fellow Dr. Doff McElhinney of NYU Langone Medical Center, who recently found a faulty valve in his patient Jane Lee. Lee, who first noticed something amiss when training for a marathon, needed a pulmonary valve replacement. "There's all sorts of situations in which people born with congenital heart disease need to have things done as they get older," McElhinney said. ABC News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Following sodium limits would save thousands of lives
    Cutting back on sodium intake from current levels to 2,300 milligrams a day -- the upper end of the federal guideline -- could save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next 10 years, according to research published in the journal Hypertension. Even a more gradual reduction in salt content among restaurant and processed foods could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives in 10 years, mainly by reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Standards emphasize speed for catheterization in stroke patients
    Eight professional societies including SCAI have signed on to quality standards for catheter-based stroke revascularization published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The standards call for intra-arterial treatment within two hours of hospitalization in cases where IV thrombosis will not work, a time frame the authors said is ambitious but achievable, given improvements in door-to-balloon times seen in heart patients. They also acknowledged treatment of sicker patients may make it more difficult for clinicians to meet the threshold. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Providers and payers increasingly bring care to patients
    Insurers, health systems and practitioners are increasingly turning toward in-home visits to treat patients, manage costs, limit readmissions and keep people out of the hospital in the first place. Health professionals monitor patients, administer treatments and assess risks, often bringing along ultrasound, X-ray and electrocardiogram equipment. "People may think of the house call as this quaint idea of a doctor heading out in his horse and buggy, but it is an excellent and necessary model for taking care of vulnerable high-cost patients," says Dr. Bruce Leff of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Wall Street Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts see massive public health potential in Facebook
    Although concerns about privacy and professionalism have in the past limited physicians' use of social media to reach patients, that is starting to change. Health care providers, public health officials and researchers increasingly see Facebook as a useful tool for disseminating information, tracking disease and more, says Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Developments 
  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S. including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. hospital uses navigation system in catheter-based procedure
    Practitioners at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are using a new tool that harnesses medical navigation technology for treatment of atrial fibrillation. MediGuide uses X-rays and visualization technology to guide catheterization, allowing for radiation exposure to be cut by as much as 90%. WBZ-TV (Boston) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SCAI News 
  • SCAI 2013: Your best coronary, structural and endovascular cases due Friday!
    Want to get more involved in SCAI's 2013 Scientific Sessions? Here's your chance! The all-new i3 Session at SCAI 2013 is calling for your case submissions in coronary, structural and endovascular interventions. Present before a panel of experts in front of your peers so that everyone learns. Presenters will need to send in angiograms in advance, along with a brief clinical synopsis. Panel moderators will select the cases that are most interesting or spectacular, or make an important teaching point. If your case is selected, you will be expected to present and help discuss. So what are you waiting for? Friday is the deadline to submit your therapeutic dilemmas, disasters, saves, close-calls, creative approaches, YOU NAME IT. Details on submitting your case(s). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SecondsCount participates in Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week
    In honor of Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week, SCAI's public education website,, is featuring a series of articles for children and adults with congenital heart defects as well as their families and other caregivers. The new materials were developed by SecondsCount editors, with input from the patient advocacy group Mended Little Hearts. Topics focus on questions patients and families often ask, such as strategies for success in school, participation in sports, pregnancy, obtaining medical records, and health insurance. Access them on, and watch for updates on Facebook and Twitter. Search on #CHD and #CHDAware. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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