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Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Physician Update e-Edition
April 2014
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Patient Care

Management of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Steve R. Ommen, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic, discusses management of patients with HCM on QuantiaMD, a free online community where practicing physicians learn and ask questions of experts and discuss challenging cases with peers.

Process improvement reduces cost without negatively impacting quality of cardiac surgical care

Robotic heart valve repair, rather than replacement, and less invasive robotic procedures employed earlier in the clinical course result in cost savings and shorter recovery times for patients with mitral valve regurgitation.


Overall survival of North American patients with HCM worse than expected
Kaplan-Meier analysis of 2,662 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy evaluated at Mayo Clinic indicates that predictors of increased mortality include female sex, age at first visit, chronic atrial fibrillation and history of stroke.

Cardiac MRI emerges as a complementary imaging modality for patients with cardiac amyloidosis
Although biopsy is still the gold standard of diagnosis for patients with suspected cardiac amyloidosis, noninvasive cardiac MRI offers superior ability to characterize the myocardial tissue on post-contrast myocardial delayed enhancement sequences.

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Basic to Advanced Echocardiography: From the Riverfront of Savannah
May 14-17, 2014, in Savannah, Ga.
The course includes discussion of echocardiographic assessment of left and right ventricular function, presentations on diastolic function and strain imaging for assessing myocardial function, and an overview of the broad range of disease states for which echocardiography is useful.

Cardiac Rhythm Device Summit: Implantation, Management and Follow-up
June 13-15, 2014, in Chicago
The number of people who may benefit from an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization device has substantially increased in the past decade. This program addresses evolving technology and its impact on increased programming complexity, follow-up and management.

28th Annual Echocardiographic Symposium at Vail
July 20-24, 2014, in Vail, Colo.
Explore new technologies, live scanning, clinical decision-making and multimodality imaging in this intensive and comprehensive review of state-of-the-art echocardiography in a wide variety of cardiovascular disorders. Emphasis includes the application of echocardiographic information in patient care.

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New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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