Clinical data registry programs like ACC’s NCDR “provide unique opportunities to advance the understanding of the clinical characteristics, care and outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease,” according to a report recently published in JACC Journals - Journals of the American College of Cardiology. The report provides insights based on 2014 data into the patient populations,...
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NCDR Report Highlights National Trends For Common CV Procedures

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FITs: In an interview with Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD, and Megha Prasad, MD, Fellows in Training (FITs) at Mayo Clinic, Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC, Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, discusses his achievements, mentorship, the future of cardiology and physician burnout. Read more: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Conversations With Cardiologists: Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC

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Certified Patient Case: Change your competence in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mitral valve prolapse with this week’s Certified Patient Case. Read more and test your knowledge: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Mitral Valve Prolapse: Patient Presents With a Systolic Murmur and...

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Editors' Insights: Do you understand the hemodynamic changes of the right ventricle in patients with pulmonary hypertension? Don’t miss this state of the art review. [ Ow.ly Link ]
The ACC recently launched the DAPT Risk Calculator App to provide decision support for clinicians evaluating the risks and benefits of continuing dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). The app provides a DAPT Risk Score as a numerical value between -2 and +9, where higher DAPT scores suggest that the benefit/risk ratio with prolonged DAPT may be favorable. The app also calculates the percentage of...
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DAPT Risk Calculator App Now Available

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For the second year, hospitals that publicly report through the CathPCI Registry and/or ICD Registry will receive a credit as part of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery. U.S. News & World Report’s methodology changes, announced last year, are intended to "drive broader transparency." For the 2016 rankings, 3 percentage points of a facility's Cardiology...
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FITs: Many major medical societies and journals use social networks to broadcast new publications or spur discussion among their followers, but few practicing cardiologists use social media or understand its value. If you’re wondering what the relevance of social media is to you and your practice, join us for our latest FIT/ECP webinar on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. ET: Social Media and Personal Brand...
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Y.S. Chandrashekhar, MD, DM, has been named as the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Chandrashekhar is a professor of medicine at University of Minnesota Medical School. He has had a long association with the JACC family of journals, having been the executive editor of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and an associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology....
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ECG of the Month: A 61-year-old man presents to the emergency department with several days of palpitations and dyspnea. His past medical history is remarkable for an atrial fibrillation ablation three years ago, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. Echocardiogram revealed normal left ventricle and right ventricle size and systolic function, with no significant valvular abnormalities....
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ECG of the Month: Patient Presents With Palpitations and Dyspnea

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David J. Moliterno, MD, has been named the new editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Moliterno is the Jack M. Gill Chair and professor of the department of internal medicine at UK HealthCare. He is also a member of the interventional cardiology faculty at the Gill Heart Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for JACC: Interventions....
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Editors' Insights: Take a deep dive into understanding the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease in HIV and methods to reduce CV risk in this week’s JACC review [ Ow.ly Link ]
The 2017 NCDR Annual Conference, March 13 – 15, will offer several general sessions and concurrent workshops, as well as opportunities to significantly increase knowledge about using data to transform practice. Network with over 1,500 registry professionals, quality experts, cardiovascular administrators and physician from across the country during this highly energizing and inspiring...
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A new decision pathway for the management of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are taking anticoagulants and need surgery was published Jan. 9 in JACC Journals - Journals of the American College of Cardiology. The document provides guidance to physicians on the overall decision to keep a patient chronically on an anticoagulant by examining whether anticoagulation is...
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New Guidance Issued For Nonvalvular AFib Patients Taking Anticoagulants

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Check out key points to remember about current trends in cardiovascular care, as reported from four ACC National Cardiovascular Data Registries. This report provides perspectives on the demographic and clinical characteristics of enrolled patients; characteristics of participating centers; selected measures of processes and outcomes of care. Read more: [ Ow.ly Link ]

NCDR Cardiovascular Care Trends

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FITs: In a recent post on the FIT Section Page, Edinrin Rae Obasare, MD, a second year cardiology fellow at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, interviews Vincent Figueredo, MD, FACC, eastern governor of ACC’s PA Chapter, on the importance of engaging with local ACC Chapters. “In reflecting on my progression as an FIT thus far, I realize that much focus has been directed on research,...
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The Importance of Engaging With Local ACC Chapters: An Interview With Vincent Figueredo, MD, FACC

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A new expert consensus decision pathway will assist clinicians and hospitals in assessing patients’ eligibility for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), successfully performing the procedure and providing appropriate follow-up. The 2017 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in the Management of Adults with Aortic Stenosis builds on...
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New Guidance Released For TAVR in Patients With AS

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Certified Patient Case: Change your competence in managing anticoagulation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Read more and test your knowledge: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Anticoagulation in Patients With AFib: Inpatient Clinical Practice

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Editors' Insights: How do you manage focal intimal disruption in intramural hematoma? In chronic phase, might be best to manage medically says new work– what do you think? [ Ow.ly Link ]
Starting in January 2017, the College’s two member magazines Cardiology and CardioSource WorldNews will combine, leveraging the best of each publication. Members will now receive Cardiology in mailboxes and online every month. The large-format magazine will include feature-length looks at top trends in cardiovascular medicine and innovation; profiles of influential ACC members; news from the...
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Cardiology: New Look, Same Great Content in 2017

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