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February 2018

Patient Care

Mayo Clinic Update on Robotic and Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery vs. New Catheter-Based Interventions
Joseph A. Dearani, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon, discusses shared medical decision-making for patients considering a heart valve intervention and reviews interventional-based repair options versus gold standard operations offered robotically or with minimal incision.

Broaden evaluation and initiate timely interventions for pediatric cardiogenic shock
Pediatric cardiogenic shock is a nonspecific and challenging clinical scenario of decompensated heart failure and impending cardiovascular collapse. Prompt identification, evaluation and treatment of cardiogenic shock can improve outcomes and decrease mortality in critically ill pediatric patients.

New guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure
New American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association comprehensive guidelines lower the blood pressure range considered normal, so people whose blood pressure used to be considered prehypertension will now be considered elevated blood pressure (stage 1 hypertension).


Data supports causal associations between atherosclerosis pathways and plasma ceramides
The pathophysiology of atherosclerosis is a complex intersection of dyslipidemia, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and platelet activation. Recent data supports causal associations between each of these pathways and plasma ceramides.

Innovative methods help preserve hearts for transplantion
Researchers with the Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program initiative to increase the number of available hearts for transplantation have embarked on a structured series of experiments to see if a dead heart can be awoken and the damage of death mitigated.

Oral anticoagulant types linked to increased risks of kidney function decline or failure
Research indicates renal function decline is common among patients with atrial fibrillation treated with oral anticoagulant agents. Dabigatran and rivaroxaban, in particular, may be associated with lower risks of adverse renal outcomes than warfarin.

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Echocardiographic Workshop on 2-D and Doppler Echocardiography at Vail
March 4-8, 2018, in Vail, Colo.
This review emphasizes the role of echocardiography relative to the newer imaging modalities as it relates to diastology, ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, and application of transesophageal echocardiography in clinical practice and cardiomyopathy.

Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Review Course for Boards and Recertification
June 9-12, 2018, in Rochester, Minn.
This course prepares attendees taking the National Board of Echocardiography certification examination. Focus includes ultrasound physics, 2-D and M-Mode echocardiography, hemodynamics, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, heart failure and cardiomyopathies, pericardial disease, and congenital heart disease.

Heart Failure Up North: Practical Approaches to the Management of Congestive Heart Failure
June 23-24, 2018, in Brainerd, Minn.
Explore the clinical syndrome of heart failure and who is at risk, typical diagnostic testing essential for diagnosis and management, and appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for patients across the spectrum of heart failure.

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In the Video Center

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment with Left Ventricular Assist Device
Grace Lin, M.D., and John M. Stulak, M.D., heart specialists, describe considerations for treatment with ventricular assist devices for patients living with advanced heart failure.

Cardiovascular Hot Topics
Mayo Clinic heart experts share their perspectives on the hottest topics and insights in cardiovascular medicine and surgery in a series of five-minute videos for medical professionals. Current topics include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and adult congenital heart disease.

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