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

Tool reduces additional testing for patients with chest pain

Patients at low risk of heart attacks who received additional counseling through a decision aid that summarizes the evidence and engages them in making decisions often chose less extensive testing once it was clear that they weren't having heart attacks.

Forced body cooling cuts in-hospital cardiac arrest rates by 12 percent

Researchers found that mortality rates among in-hospital sudden cardiac arrest patients dropped from 69.6 percent in 2001 to 57.8 percent in 2009 due to the use of therapeutic hypothermia. The analysis included more than 1 million patients.


Framingham and Reynolds risk scores underrate cardiovascular disease danger for patients with rheumatoid arthritis
A study confirms that inflammation, which plays a key role in putting patients with rheumatoid arthritis at increased risk for heart disease, is not a factor in many cardiac risk assessment methods.

Study connects dilated cardiomyopathy to GATAD1 gene
Researchers used classical genetic tactics and current gene sequencing tools to identify a new gene that causes cardiomyopathy in a family whose members display a unique recessive form of inheritance: mutations in both copies of a gene.

Bone marrow stem cells improve blood function

Study participants received either a placebo or 100 million stem cells derived from bone marrow in their hips in a one-time injection intended to improve the function of the heart's left ventricle. Certain stem cell types were associated with the greatest improvement. View video on YouTube.

Patients with hypersensitivity to metals may safely receive coronary stents
Researchers who compared outcomes after placing stents in those with and without a history of skin allergy to stent metal components found no evidence of an increased risk of heart attack, death or restenosis in study participants.

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Patient Care

26th Annual Echocardiographic Symposium at Vail
July 22-26, 2012, in Vail, Colo.
An intensive, comprehensive review emphasizes introduction of new technologies and use of echocardiographic information for patient care. The symposium stresses integration of all echocardiography techniques into the ultrasound examination. Emphasis includes new technologies, Doppler hemodynamics, tissue Doppler, diastology, transesophageal echocardiography and heart failure.

Patient Care Cardiology Update 2012 Sedona

Aug. 2-5, 2012, in Sedona, Ariz.
Topics include guidelines to prevent and improve morbidity and mortality rates and reduce cost of care for patients with diabetes and heart disease; preoperative evaluation of CV patients undergoing noncardiac surgery; and indications, use and limitations of advanced device therapy for congestive heart failure.

Success With Heart Failure

Aug. 12-15, 2012, in Tahoe, Nev.
This course, subtitled Strategies for the Evaluation and Treatment of Heart Failure in the Clinical Practice, reviews new diagnostic tools, drugs and devices and their roles in specific clinical situations. A special session on the ABIM heart failure module will be presented.

Pediatric Cardiology 2012 Board Review Course

Aug. 26-31, 2012, in Dana Point, Calif.
This course covers subspecialty content important to preparation for certification and provides an unparalleled interactive learning experience. Mini-symposia address electrophysiology, statistics and epidemiology, test-taking skills, and professional development. Workshops include cardiac anatomy, pathophysiology, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization.

See all Cardiovascular Diseases Continuous Professional Development courses

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