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March 6, 2012
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News for Invasive/Interventional Cardiologists

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  • Cardiovascular societies publish consensus on TAVR programs
    A coalition of medical organizations including SCAI has contributed to a consensus statement outlining TAVR program procedures and requirements. SCAI Past President Dr. Carl Tommaso, who led the consensus document writing committee, outlined the importance of having a well-rounded team, with collaboration between interventionalists and cardiothoracic surgeons at its heart. "This is a technology in its infancy. Because of the sophistication and the complexity of the procedure, it requires a lot of different minds," Tommaso said. The document also specifies facility requirements, including a cardiac cath lab or cath lab/operating room hybrid. (Montreal) (free registration) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospital urges use of emergency transport to cut D2B time
    Calling 911 to secure emergency transport to the hospital in case of a heart attack results in better outcomes than when patients travel in on their own, say officials at the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario. Hospital records show 25% of heart attack patients do not call for an ambulance, resulting in longer door-to-balloon times. Patients who arrive via emergency vehicle undergo PCI 25 minutes faster. The Windsor Star (Ontario) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Professional News 
  • Organizations debate carotid disease guidelines
    SCAI stands by guidelines it and a coalition of other medical groups, including SVS, released in 2011 on the management of extracranial carotid and vertebral artery disease despite guidelines published by SVS later that year. SCAI President Dr. Christopher White, who will publish an official response in SCAI's journal, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, disputes SVS' rationale that additional data justified the new guidelines. "There was no significant information that would trump a randomized controlled trial like CREST," White said. (Montreal) (free registration) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IPad app, EMR help physicians make quick diagnosis
    Doctors who used an iPad app to access electronic medical records were able to act quickly to save the life of Minneapolis rehab nurse Andy McMonigle, who was having a heart attack at a Mayo Clinic gym. Physicians were able to look at data from a past heart attack to confirm their diagnosis. McMonigle was sent straight to a cath lab to have a blood clot removed from an artery that was 90% blocked. WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Developments 
  • Study examines post-PCI strokes
    A new study finds ischemic strokes linked to PCI procedures are infrequent and often related to factors that may be modified. The study found parameters such as sheath size, number of catheters and urgent IAPB may affect outcomes. Experts said that because such strokes are so rare, it's unclear how practice should be affected by the results. "Some [stroke predictors] are going to be markers for worse disease no matter how much you adjust," Dr. Sunil V. Rao said. "There are going to be some patients [for] whom the priority is to treat their coronary disease, and that may require something like a large guide catheter or rotational atherectomy to achieve the goal." (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research challenges periprocedural MI biomarker threshold
    Researchers from the Harvard Clinical Research Institute say the current troponin cutoff to determine periprocedural MI is too sensitive and should be adjusted. "The major finding from our paper is when CK-MB and troponin are both used to diagnose periprocedural MI, they diagnose very different events if they are taken at the same threshold of three times the [upper limit of normal] ULN, which is the current task force definition," senior author Dr. Donald E. Cutlip said. (Montreal) (free registration) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Only two weeks left to submit your late-breaking clinical trial submissions for SCAI 2012
    The March 19 deadline for submitting late-breaking clinical trials for the SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions is quickly approaching. Over 90 percent of attendees at the SCAI Scientific Sessions are interventional/invasive cardiologists -- exactly whom you want your results to reach. Additionally, your trial results won't have to compete with headliners from other subspecialties or general cardiology. You'll find yourself discussing your findings long after your presentation in a collegial and collaborative education setting. Find out more and submit your trial. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SCAI to host public education program in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Aimed at expanding awareness of cardiovascular disease, treatment options and strategies for heart health, SCAI's latest Know What Counts--Heart Smarts program will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, March 31. The free program will be directed by Lyndon C. Box, M.D., FSCAI, and has been organized in partnership with University of Florida & Shands Jacksonville and the American Heart Association. Free heart disease screenings will be available for the first 200 registrants. All attendees will be invited to enjoy a free heart-healthy breakfast and demonstration of healthy cooking techniques and strategies, followed by an educational seminar featuring presentations by local cardiologists and patients. Registration is ongoing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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