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April 2016

Patient Care

Intravascular ultrasound or optical coherence tomography critical to diagnosis of SCAD
The presentation of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) mimics other acute coronary events. At Mayo Clinic, patients with SCAD undergo comprehensive vascular imaging; 66 percent of this population has evidence of extracoronary vascular abnormalities.

Guidelines help identify patients who should or should not have a CACS
Mayo clinicians who specialize in cardiovascular disease prevention believe that a coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can add valuable clinical information in selected patients.


Repeated removal of senescent cells improves age-related vascular conditions
Damaged cells function improperly but remain in the body, contributing to frailty and other age-related conditions. New research studies the structural and functional impacts of cell clearance in mice using a unique combination of drugs on blood vessels over time.

CREST shows both endarterectomy and stenting are effective in preventing stroke
Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy Versus Stenting Trial (CREST) results indicate stenting and surgery are equally effective at lowering the long-term risk of stroke from a narrowed carotid artery. The risk of stroke after either was about 7 percent.

See all Cardiac Surgery and Cardiovascular Diseases Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Success With Failure: Strategies for the Evaluation and Treatment of Heart Failure 2016
June 18-20, 2016, in Bolton Landing, N.Y.
Presentations on the evaluation and treatment of heart failure focus on new diagnostic tools, drugs and devices and their roles in specific clinical situations, plus integration of guidelines and clinical management.

Electrophysiology Review for Boards and Recertification 2016
Aug. 12-15, 2016, in Rochester, Minn.
This course reviews the full spectrum of electrophysiology practice, ranging from basic arrhythmia mechanisms and pharmacology to catheter diagnosis and therapy and device-based treatments. Special sessions review maneuvers for arrhythmia diagnosis in the electrophysiology laboratory and ablation of atrial fibrillation.

Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Board Review Course & Master Class
Participate in a yearlong subscription to an adaptive online learning curriculum and a five-day live course for board review exam preparation, plus a yearlong master class subscription to stay current on all aspects of cardiovascular medicine.

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In the Video Center

Coronary Calcium Score: Basics and Beyond
Iftikhar J. Kullo, M.D., and Naveen L. Pereira, M.D., discuss use of the coronary calcium score as a predictor of heart disease and the possibility of adverse cardiovascular events in patients.

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: New Insights and New Questions About This Not-So-Rare Condition
In this Grand Rounds presentation, Rajiv Gulati, M.D., Ph.D., and Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., present findings from a retrospective study of patients with spontaneous coronary arterty dissection (SCAD), plus recent developments in rare disease research.

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