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August 2017

Patient Care

1 in 6 patients on new blood-thinning medications may receive the incorrect dose
More than 40 percent of patients with severe kidney disease who take apixaban, dabigatran or rivaroxaban for atrial fibrillation receive a higher dose than recommended. Thirteen percent of patients without severe kidney disease may be underdosed.

Dental providers reduce use of antibiotic prophylaxis
A study to determine dental providers' adherence to 2007 American Heart Association infective endocarditis prevention guidelines regarding antibiotic prophylaxis before invasive dental procedures confirms a significant reduction in antibiotic prophylaxis for patients at moderate risk.

Complex Cardiac Ablations
Mayo Clinic electrophysiologists discuss advances in mapping systems and intracardiac echocardiography technology to identify the specific cause of arrhythmias. The strategy includes mapping and then remapping to identify all arrhythmogenic substrate to effectively eliminate arrhythmias and minimize recurrences.

The Scoop on the New Syncope Guidelines
Approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population has syncope, which can be associated with many conditions. New American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society guidelines provide comprehensive recommendations for care for this diverse patient population.


Regenerative services and products offered across specialties at Mayo Clinic
Regenerative medicine delivers specific cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs to restore function (regeneration); uses healthy cells, tissues or organs to replace damaged ones (replacement); and helps boost the body's natural ability to heal (rejuvenation).

See all Cardiac Surgery and Cardiovascular Diseases Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Review Course
Available in DVD or online
This intensive course focuses on the National Board of Echocardiography examination format, ultrasound physics, 2-D and M-Mode echocardiography, hemodynamics, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, heart failure and cardiomyopathies, pericardial disease, congenital heart disease, and new imaging techniques.

Cardiovascular Review Course for Cardiology Boards and Recertification + Optional Post-Course Echo Focus Session
Aug. 26-31, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.
Focus includes the etiology and pathophysiology of restrictive and other nondilated cardiomyopathies, diagnosis of venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism, and cardiovascular disease risk factors in patients without known coronary artery disease.

Advanced Catheter Ablation: New Tips, Techniques, and Technologies for Complex Arrhythmias
Sept. 23-26, 2017, in Boston
This course provides comprehensive instruction for diagnosing common and complex cardiac arrhythmias in the electrophysiology laboratory and achieving effective and safe ablation. Case-based illustrative presentations highlight diagnostic dilemmas and key management strategies.

The Genetics of Heart & Vascular Disease
Oct. 6-7, 2017, in Charleston, S.C.
Topics include pharmacogenetics, gene risk scores, genetic purgatory, the molecular autopsy, and the diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications of genetic testing for patients with congenital heart disease, long QT syndrome and the other channelopathies, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and the other cardiomyopathies.

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In the Video Center

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Treatment Options
Heart specialists review hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and medical management for patients diagnosed with the disease and detail advances in surgical treatment, including septal and apical myectomy procedures.

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

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