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August 2016

Patient Care

Closed-chest procedure repairs post-surgical leaks
Percutaneous paravalvular closure provides a new, less invasive alternative for patients who develop leaks after heart valve surgery. A self-expanding metal mesh plug is delivered and secured to stop the leak in a laboratory setting. Patients often feel immediate relief.

Premature or early menopause increases women's risk of heart disease
Women who experience menopause before age 46 have twice the risk of developing heart disease as women who reach menopause later. Whether the menopause is surgical or natural does not impact cardiovascular risk.


Better exercise capacity helps protect against atrial fibrillation
Research that found an inverse association between the exercise capacity of military veterans and the likelihood of development of atrial fibrillation over long-term follow-up indicates that extremes of exercise — too little or too much — may impact atrial fibrillation risk.

Studies explore right ventricular dysfunction in HFPEF
Specialists discuss two studies of right ventricular function and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). Based on study outcomes, the researchers plan to explore rhythm control in HFPEF, to consider both outcomes and how patients feel.

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Challenges in Clinical Cardiology: A Case-Based Update
Sept. 9-11, 2016, in Chicago
Topics include challenging aspects of coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and preventive cardiology.

Internal Medicine Review for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Primary Care Physicians NPPA 2016
Sept. 28-30, 2016, in Rochester, Minn.
Review guideline-based medicine typically initiated in the hospital setting, including myocardial infarction presentation and core measures, pneumonia guidelines, hypertension management and stable ischemic heart disease, that continues to be important after transition to outpatient care.

Heart Disease in Women: A New Era of Understanding, Recognition, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment 2016
Oct. 8-9, 2016, in Rochester, Minn.
Focus includes novel approaches to prevention of cardiovascular disease and diagnosis and treatment of ischemic heart disease syndromes in women, such as nonobstructive coronary disease, microvascular disease, spontaneous coronary artery dissection and stress-induced cardiomyopathy.

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