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December 2018

Patient Care

Statin Choice Decision-Aid tool helps estimate patients' risk of cardiovascular disease
The Mayo Clinic Statin Choice Decision-Aid tool helps clinicians have meaningful conversations with their patients about whether they should use statins to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Noninvasive imaging for suspected CAD: Which test when?
The two most important factors in determining whether noninvasive testing is an option for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are the availability of the technology and the availability of experts at each center.

Hot Topics — Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden death and implantable defibrillators
Steve R. Ommen, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic, reviews risk factors and emphasizes the importance of discussing implantable cardiac-defibrillators for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


Plasma ceramides — A novel biomarker of unstable atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Research indicates that people with elevated plasma ceramide levels are at higher risk of major adverse cardiovascular events even after adjustments are made for age, sex, smoking status and serum biomarkers.

Anemia an independent risk factor for mortality for patients who receive PCI for ACS
In research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, anemia appears to be an independent risk factor for increased long-term all-cause and noncardiac mortality in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

FDA plans evaluation and introduction of hs-cTn assays in clinical use
Elsewhere, new high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) assays are used as an indicator of heart tissue damage and essential to diagnosing myocardial infarction. Cardiologist Allan S. Jaffe, M.D., discusses potential use of hs-cTn assays in the U.S.

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

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Cardiology Update at Puerto Vallarta: A Focus on Prevention
Jan. 7-11, 2019, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This course focuses on basic and advanced screening strategies to identify cardiovascular disease risk. Topics include evidence-based lifestyle and medication management strategies to manage cardiovascular disease risk factors plus indications for and impact of medication and surgical management of obesity.

Hawaii Heart: Echocardiography and Multimodality Imaging Case-Based Clinical Decision Making
Feb. 3-8, 2019, in Kohala Coast, Hawaii
This course reviews the technical issues of echocardiography, CT, MRI, PET and nuclear imaging modalities in the diagnosis, prognosis and management of common cardiovascular diseases. Expert faculty discuss relevant advances in techniques and the limitations of each modality.

Learn at your own pace with Updates
Comprehensive online courses provide a personalized, adaptive learning curriculum to save time and help reinforce foundational medical practice knowledge. Cardiovascular Updates and Echocardiography Updates contain evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and explore new information from the field.

See all Cardiovascular Medicine CME courses


In the Video Center

Cardiac amyloidosis — The great imitator
Mayo Clinic specialists explore the factors that should make cardiologists suspect cardiac amyloidosis, discuss the importance of raising awareness of the disease among cardiologists, and reinforce the crucial steps to establishing a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Fibromuscular dysplasia: A mystery of vascular medicine
Mayo Clinic vascular specialists discuss fibromuscular dysplasia, which causes stenosis and aneurysm of the medium-sized arteries in the body. The rare, likely congenital disorder primarily affects women.

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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