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

Robotic surgery compares favorably to open-chest methods for mitral valve repair

Studies show the hospital cost of robotic surgeries or traditional methods is similar and the procedures are equally safe. Patients who underwent robotic mitral valve repair recovered more rapidly and returned home earlier.

Collaboration offers telestroke services across New Hampshire and Vermont

Specialists from Mayo Clinic and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center use videoconferencing technology to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment to rural patients who present to their regional hospitals with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.


Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk of heart disease
Research indicates that patients with chronic inflammatory conditions plus contributing factors such as early menopause, severe rheumatoid arthritis and immunity to cytomegalovirus may be in greater jeopardy for developing heart disease.

Patients with IBD are at higher risk of stroke and heart attack
Analysis of nine studies of more than 150,000 patients with inflammatory bowel disease points to a 10-25 percent increased risk of stroke and heart attacks in those patients. The increased risk was more prominent in women.

See all Heart, Lung and Blood Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Building the Heart Team — Valve and Structural Heart Disease
Jan. 16-19, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Highlights include innovations and recent developments in valvular and structural heart disease interventions and a review of imaging and treatment for aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, left atrial appendage closure, paravalvular regurgitation and patent foramen ovale closure.

Arrhythmias & the Heart: A Cardiovascular Update
Jan. 27-31, 2014, in Big Island, Hawaii
Review diagnosis, management and prevention of common rhythm disorders, atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias, as well as challenging aspects of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, myocardial disease and congenital heart disease. Special sessions highlight ECG pearls of wisdom.

Hawaii Heart 2014: Case-Based Clinical Decision-Making Using Echocardiography & Multimodality Imaging
Feb. 3-7, 2014, in Kauai, Hawaii
This course discusses basic technical issues of echocardiography, CT, MRI and nuclear imaging, advances in techniques and limitations of each modality, and the clinical uses of the techniques in the diagnosis and prognosis of common cardiovascular diseases.

See all Cardiovascular Diseases Continuous Professional Development courses

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In the News

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Grand Rounds

New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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New Staff

Suraj Kapa, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases in Minnesota

Malini Madhavan, MBBS
Cardiovascular Diseases in Minnesota

Peter A. Noseworthy, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases in Minnesota

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Consults & Referrals

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