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April 2018

Patient Care

Young women with spontaneous coronary artery dissection may benefit most from letting the body heal on its own
An international study confirms that in most patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection who did not receive stents, the dissections healed on their own within weeks and months.

When to Close a Patent Foramen Ovale Following TIA or Stroke
Nasar M. Ammash, M.D., discusses RESPECT trial outcomes and his recommendations for considerations for closure of patent foramen ovale or continued medical therapy for patients who have had transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ischemic stroke.


Increased risk of heart failure continues 20 years after patients complete cancer treatment
A Rochester Epidemiology Project-based retrospective study confirms that patients who were treated for breast cancer or lymphoma are three times more likely to develop congestive heart failure.

Researchers explore the autonomic nervous system's role in cardiovascular regulation
Mayo researchers explore the interplay between sleep, sleep cycle and the heart's recharging system. Obstructive sleep apnea is a strong predictor of sudden cardiac death. The key measure may be how low blood oxygen levels fall during episodes.

Standing burns 0.15 more calories per minute than sitting
Research confirms that working low-impact activities into daily activity — such as standing more than sitting — can improve long-term health. The study is the first systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the difference in calories burned while standing versus sitting.

See all Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiovascular Surgery Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Cardiac Rhythm Device Summit: Implantation, Management, and Follow-Up
June 29-July 1, 2018, in Dana Point, Calif.
Explore the indications, follow-up and management of cardiac rhythm technology, including pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and resynchronization therapies; leadless and epicardial devices; and interpretation of diagnostic electrocradiograms, impedance and radiography to troubleshoot suspected cardiac implantable electronic device malfunction.

Success With Failure: Strategies for the Evaluation and Treatment of Heart Failure
July 15-17, 2018, in Stevenson, Wash.
This course features the evaluation and treatment of heart failure, including new diagnostic tools, drugs and devices, and their roles in specific clinical situations, plus integration of guidelines and clinical management.

Echocardiographic Symposium at Vail: State-of-the-Art Review, Live Scanning With Emphasis on Multimodality Imaging With Cardiac CT & MRI
July 23-26, 2018, in Vail, Colo.
Course focus includes new imaging technologies and how to use imaging information for patient care, including integration of echocardiogram, CT and MRI and their incremental value in clinical cardiology.

See all Cardiovascular Medicine CME courses


In the Video Center

Ventricular Assist Devices as Bridge to Transplantation: What You Need To Know
John M. Stulak, M.D., discusses ventricular assist devices — the FDA-approved HeartMate II and HeartWare HVAD — as a bridge to support patients prior to heart transplant.

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 ventricular and atrial arrhythmias.

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

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