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December 2016

Patient Care

Liver Before Heart: Reversing Combined Organ Transplantation
Patients with failure in both organs are considered for combined heart and liver transplant. Transplant Center experts discuss the challenges and risks involved, and considerations that lead to reversing the usual order to transplant the liver first.

Returning to Specific LDL Cholesterol Goals
Experts in cholesterol management discuss the science and benefits that support a return to specific LDL cholesterol goals for patients. Guidelines set in 2013 eliminated recommended LDL and non-HDL cholesterol targets.

Severe Calcific Mitral Valve Stenosis
New and individualized stent designs make it possible to treat aortic aneurysms with endovascular surgery, rather than conventional open surgery. Benefits include lower surgical mortality rates, less blood loss during the operation, less chance of complications and faster recovery.


Researchers compare climbers' heart and lung function on Kilimanjaro
Researchers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will monitor team members' heart rates, oxygen saturation, movement, energy expenditure, skin temperature and sleep quality to determine limitations to their functioning and whether a vitamin B-3 supplement is helpful.

Study compares effectiveness of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants
Researchers found no significant difference in safety and effectiveness among dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban for patients with atrial fibrillation. The drugs work quickly and clear the body quickly, and they require fewer monitoring blood tests than warfarin does.

Cardiovascular risk factors impact people with rheumatoid arthritis differently
People with rheumatoid arthritis have a 50 percent higher risk of heart attack, twice the risk of heart failure and more peripheral vascular disease. Evidence increasingly points to inflammation as a major contributor to that risk.

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Mayo Clinic Cardiology Update at Cabo: A Focus on Prevention
Jan. 16-20, 2017, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Programming focuses on the prevention of coronary disease, stroke and sudden death. Topics include screening strategies to identify cardiovascular disease, evidence-based lifestyle and medication management strategies for cardiovascular disease risk factors, and medication and surgical management for obesity.

Arrhythmias and the Heart: A Cardiovascular Update
Jan. 23-27, 2017, in Kohala Coast, Hawaii
This course highlights atrial fibrillation drugs, ablation, stroke prevention, new drugs and closure devices; ECG pearls for clinical practice; heart failure drugs, devices and remote monitoring; long QT syndrome and genetic testing; and ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.

Hawaii Heart: Echocardiography and Multimodality Imaging Case-Based Clinical Decision Making
Feb. 5-10, 2017, in Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Review the technical issues of echocardiography, CT, MRI, PET and nuclear imaging, and discuss relevant advances in techniques and the limitations of each modality in the diagnosis, prognosis and management of common cardiovascular diseases.

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In the Video Center

Endovascular Therapy for Acute Stroke: A Multidisciplinary Team Discussion
Several recent studies have addressed the benefits of endovascular therapy for patients with acute ischemic stroke. The therapy is effective in improving functional outcomes in those patients.

Visit the Medical Professional Video Center to view specialty and Grand Rounds presentations

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