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October 2017

Patient Care

Early referral and evaluation benefit patients with pectus deformities
Untreated pectus excavatum has cosmetic as well as progressive cardiopulmonary consequences. Both open and minimally invasive operative correction by experienced surgeons in high-volume centers yield excellent results.

Pilot study enrolls patients who underwent Fontan procedures
Mayo Clinic is currently enrolling patients who underwent Fontan procedures in the Role of Sildenafil for Fontan Associated Liver Disease (SiFALD) Study — the first study exploring alternative therapy for liver disease in this patient population.

Genetic testing, familial screening may aid diagnosis of long QT syndrome
In a retrospective study of 606 patients with long QT syndrome evaluated at Mayo's Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, 92 percent did not experience symptoms after treatment. Results show the overall chance of sudden cardiac death was low.

The Relationship Between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease
Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, heart attack and increased risk of sudden death. For patients with heart failure, however, central sleep apnea may complement but probably doesn't worsen the disease.


Mayo researchers evaluate gastrointestinal safety profile of 3 commonly prescribed direct oral anticoagulants
This retrospective, propensity-matched study provides head-to-head comparisons of dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban taken for atrial fibrillation, to help evaluate their risk of causing gastrointestinal bleeding.

3-D printing assists development of customized stents
Complex aortic aneurysms may require stents that are not commercially available. A 3-D-printed aorta allows specialists to create a stent comprising multiple modules to address a patient's specific needs.

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Echo on Marco Island: Case Based Approach
Dec. 18-21, 2017, in Marco Island, Fla.
Topics include application of Doppler principles to assess hemodynamics, use of echocardiography to assess prosthetic valves, interpretation of diastolic echocardiographic measurements, advantages of stress echocardiography and use of contrast, and application of echocardiographic principles to assess congestive heart failure.

Mayo Clinic Cardiology Update at Cabo: A Focus on Prevention
Jan. 22-26, 2018, in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
This course features basic and advanced screening strategies to identify cardiovascular disease risk, evidence-based lifestyle and medication management strategies to manage cardiovascular disease risk factors, and indications for and impact of medication and surgical management of obesity.

Hawaii Heart: Echocardiography and Multimodality Imaging Case-Based Clinical Decision Making
Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2018, in Princeville, Hawaii
Focus includes use of multimodality cardiac imaging in diagnosing and managing valvular heart disease; diagnostic features of stress testing using echocardiography, sestamibi, PET and MRI for coronary artery disease; and strategies for assessment and management of heart failure.

Cardiovascular Conference at Snowbird
Feb. 7-10, 2018, in Snowbird, Utah
Interpret practice guidelines and identify practice reality needs to reach the desired level of evidence-based practice. This course features use of ACE inhibitors and cardiac resynchronization therapy, current recommendations for optimal medical therapy of acute coronary syndromes, and new medical and surgical therapies for heart failure.

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In the Video Center

Lessons From 500 Heart Transplants
Mayo transplantation specialists explore advances in the treatment of end-stage heart failure, including ventricular assist devices and immunosuppressive strategies, and discuss when a transplant should be considered.

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

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