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Mayo Clinic Digestive Diseases Physician Update e-Edition
August 2012
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Patient Care

Combined organ transplantation increases in frequency

For patients at Mayo, late survival after combined organ transplantation is similar to that after isolated heart transplantation. Freedom from cardiac allograft rejection and dysfunction is improved following combined organ transplantation compared with isolated heart, liver or kidney transplantation.

Special ultrasound identifies heart disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Heart disease is a potentially deadly complication for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Speckle-tracking echocardiography may detect abnormalities in heart function early enough to allow intervention that prevents heart attacks and heart failure.


Symplicity HTN-3 trial open for enrollment
Results from earlier studies of use of the Symplicity Catheter for percutaneous renal artery sympathetic denervation for patients with resistant hypertension are encouraging. In the HTN-3 study, patients will receive catheter-based therapy with conventional antihypertensive medications or antihypertensive medications only.

Prototype catheters treat cardiac arrhythmia without destroying heart muscle
Percutaneous techniques developed to modulate the autonomic ganglia on the epicardium resulted in a series of prototype catheters and devices that will be studied for use in patients undergoing open-chest cardiac surgery who have a high incidence of post-surgical arrhythmia.

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Advanced Catheter Ablation Course
Sept. 8-11, 2012, in Chicago
Case-based presentations highlight practice dilemmas and management strategies. Experts discuss detailed patient cases with step-by-step analysis of approaches to catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, complex atrial arrhythmias after AF ablation or in congenital heart disease, atrial tachycardias and atypical flutters, and ventricular arrhythmias.

First International Biological Valve Symposium

Sept. 12, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
This symposium is a unique opportunity to bring leading investigators in the area of biological heart valve development together to discuss progress in the field and the future for valve regeneration. This activity does not offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Challenges in Clinical Cardiology

Sept. 14-16, 2012, in Chicago
Case-based reviews address relevant guidelines and the latest treatment options for patients with coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and preventive cardiology.

Cases in Echocardiography, CT and MRI

Oct. 24-27, 2012, in Napa, Calif.
Advanced course uses clinical cases to provide an update on two-dimensional, Doppler, stress, and transesophageal echocardiography. Breakout sessions are devoted to the interpretation of Doppler hemodynamics, diastolic function, stress echocardiography, congenital heart disease, interventional and perioperative echocardiography.

See all Cardiovascular Diseases Continuous Professional Development courses

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New Staff

Parag C. Patel, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases, Transplantation in Florida

Alberto Pochettino, M.D.
Cardiovascular Surgery in Minnesota

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