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Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Physician Update e-Edition
October 2012
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Patient Care

Minimally invasive surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm reduces recovery time

A study of 1,000 endovascular repair procedures confirms a low mortality rate and low risk of complications, even for high-risk patients. Recovery time typically includes a day in the hospital and one or two weeks of rest at home.

Simple methods reduce patients' radiation exposure by nearly half

Researchers have dramatically cut the amount of radiation that patients and medical personnel are exposed to during invasive cardiovascular procedures through targeted modifications to the use of standard X-ray equipment, coupled with intensive radiation safety training.

Research

People with normal BMI and belly fat face the greatest risk of death
Researchers evaluated 12,700 U.S. adults. Those with a normal body mass index but central obesity (a high waist-to-hip ratio) had the highest cardiovascular death risk and the highest death risk from all causes.

Researchers seek to promote myocardial self-renewal with stem cells
Variations in the number of circulating progenitor cells and their potential to differentiate into cardiac tissue may help researchers assess novel biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk, individuals' self-repair capacity and the regenerative effectiveness of secondary prevention therapies.

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Education

Mayo Clinic Satellite Educational Symposia at AHA 2012

Women and Heart Disease: New Insights Across the Life Span

Nov. 3, 2012, in Los Angeles
This program presents a clinically based approach to cardiology as it relates to women's health. Sessions focus on prevention of heart disease, heart disease associated with pregnancy, and heart disease associated with rheumatologic and vascular disorders.

Cardiovascular Regenerative Therapy: From Bench to Bedside

Nov. 3, 2012, in Los Angeles
Programming includes current clinical applications of stem cell therapy in patients with intractable angina, congestive heart failure and critical limb ischemia, plus critical interpretation of clinical trial results and identification of patients who may be eligible to participate in related studies.

Renal Sympathetic Denervation: Current State-of-the-Art and Future Directions

Nov. 5, 2012, in Los Angeles
Learn about the prevalence and societal impact of resistant hypertension, the renal sympathetic nervous system's role in blood pressure control, preclinical data that support the efficacy of renal artery denervation therapy, and the evidence base that supports renal sympathetic denervation therapy.

See all Cardiovascular Diseases Continuous Professional Development courses

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New Staff

Eric H. Yang, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases in Arizona

Consults & Referrals

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