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Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Physician Update e-Edition
June 2013
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Patient Care

Electronic warning system identifies patients at risk of QT-related death

Surveillance informs all Mayo Clinic physicians, regardless of specialty or QT awareness, if their patient's ECG activates the QT alarm. The American Heart Association has called for better surveillance to prevent drug-induced sudden cardiac death among hospitalized patients.

Today's cancer survivor should not become tomorrow's heart failure patient

Successful anti-cancer treatments have resulted in improved survival rates and increased focus on long-term adverse treatment effects. Mayo cardio-oncology clinic specialists advise and guide patients in the prevention, monitoring and management of cardiovascular toxicities.

EXCEL Clinical Trial will clarify the role of second-generation drug-eluting stents for LM disease

Evidence suggests PCI with drug-eluting stents may be appropriate treatment for some patients with left main coronary artery disease, especially when the total burden of coronary disease is not high. This trial is enrolling patients.


Smart stem cells aid cardiovascular regeneration
In an international study of patients with heart failure, bone marrow was harvested from each patient. Isolated stem cells were treated to replicate natural cues of heart development. Derived cardiopoietic stem cells were then injected into the patient's heart. All patients improved.

Careful ICD programming to reduce inappropriate therapy reduces mortality rates
The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has become a widely used treatment option for patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. Recent studies, including MADIT-RIT, indicate that the large original ICD trials underestimated the possible benefits of ICD therapy.

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27th Annual Echocardiographic Symposium at Vail
July 22-25, 2013, in Vail, Colo.
This intensive, comprehensive symposium emphasizes new technologies and how to use echocardiographic information, plus integration of all echocardiography techniques into comprehensive ultrasound examinations. Emphasis includes Doppler hemodynamics, tissue Doppler, diastology, transesophageal echocardiography, heart failure (myocardial and pericardial disease) and adult congenital heart disease.

Success With Failure: Strategies for the Evaluation and Treatment of Heart Failure in the Clinical Practice
Aug. 12-14, 2013, in Incline Village, Nev.
Topics include heart failure readmission; heart failure prevention, evaluation and management; performance measures and research; contrasting medical and surgical perspectives, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction; and basic mechanisms of heart failure.

Mayo Cardiovascular Review Course for Cardiology Boards and Recertification With Echo Focus Session
Sept. 20-26, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
This comprehensive review of cardiovascular disease is designed to prepare applicants for the American Board of Internal Medicine exams. The session is geared toward cardiology fellows and practicing cardiologists with basic knowledge of echocardiography.

See all Cardiovascular Diseases Continuous Professional Development courses

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In the News

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Mayo Clinic joins forces with to provide a unique perspective on patient care, clinical trials, news and events in cardiology via video and podcasts.

Grand Rounds

New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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New Staff

Crystal R. Bonnichsen, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases in Minnesota

Tasneem Z. Naqvi, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases in Arizona

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