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This series examines the trends in cardiac care, from medications, to technologies, to treatments guidelines.

This series examines the trends in cardiac care, from medications, to technologies, to treatments guidelines.
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ReachMD

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This series examines the trends in cardiac care, from medications, to technologies, to treatments guidelines.

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English


Episodes

Long-Term Neurological Outcomes Following Heart Surgery

2/3/2009
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Host: Mark Nolan Hill, MD Guest: Jose Biller, MD Neurologic complications associated with cardiac surgery can involve just about any part of the peripheral and central nervous systems. Yet varying degrees of neurologic decline have been linked to multiple kinds of surgery, not just heart procedures. How can we determine that the adverse long-term neurologic outcomes following cardiac surgery are truly distinctive to cardiac procedures? Dr. Jose Biller, professor of neurology and...

Duration: 00:14:59


Evaluating Cognitive Changes After Cardiac Surgery

2/3/2009
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Host: Mark Nolan Hill, MD Guest: Jose Biller, MD Though innovations in surgical technology and anesthetic techniques have greatly improved the outlook following cardiac surgery, we must remain attentive to the possibility of post-operative complications. One area of concern includes adverse neurologic outcomes. Dr. Jose Biller, professor of neurology and neurological surgery at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and chair of neurology at Loyola University Health...

Duration: 00:14:59


Saving Lives With CPR and AED

2/3/2009
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Host: Bruce Japsen Guest: Vincent Bufalino, MD CPR and AED can make the difference between life and death. But the varying degrees of knowledge and usage of these life-saving practices across the country may be putting people at risk for death from cardiac arrest. Dr. Vincent Bufalino, CEO of Midwest Heart Specialists, one of the biggest community cardiac physician groups in the country, and director of cardiovascular services at Edward Heart Hospital in the western Chicago suburb of...

Duration: 00:14:59


Online Heart Disease Risk Assessments

2/3/2009
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Host: Bruce Japsen Guest: Vincent Bufalino, MD Patients and doctors are becoming more aware of tools like Web-based risk assessment for heart disease for reaching and potentially helping thousands of people. But how can the success of these efforts be increased? Dr. Vincent Bufalino, CEO of Midwest Heart Specialists, one of the biggest community cardiac physician groups in the country, tells host Bruce Japsen about ways to get patients to use online risk assessments and how doctors can...

Duration: 00:15:00


Transitioning Cardiac Patients From Pediatric to Adult Care

2/3/2009
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Host: Jennifer Shu, MD Guest: Michael McConnell, MD Once mostly a condition of childhood, our patients with congenital heart disease are now living well into adulthood: nearly two million American children and adults are living with a congenital heart defect. What are the special medical needs of our cardiac patients as they transition from adolescence to adulthood? Dr. Michael McConnell, co-director of the adult congenital heart disease clinic at Sibley Heart Center Cardiology in Atlanta...

Duration: 00:14:59


Changing the Paradigm of Valve Surgery: Repair or Replace?

1/30/2009
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Host: Mark Nolan Hill, MD Guest: W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD The most pressing question facing cardiac valve surgery is whether to undergo a replacement or repair procedure. Though outcomes of valve reconstruction are, in many cases, proving notably better than valve replacement, it is estimated that only a small majority of potential candidates are undergoing the valve repair. How can we reconcile this discrepancymdash;one that would appear to be placing our patients at greater risk?...

Duration: 00:14:59


Utility of Coronary Angiography Before and After CABG

1/30/2009
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Host: Mark Nolan Hill, MD Guest: John Byrne, MD Cardiac surgery is one of just a few medical specialties where before-and-after imaging is not yet standard. As surprising as this may seem, the effect on procedural outcomes is not surprising: current strategies for intraoperative graft assessment, for example, are not detecting all of the defects in the grafts we implant. How can we change this practice, and how can an innovative, hybrid catheterization lab-turned-operating room help us do...

Duration: 00:14:59


Combination Therapy to Manage Lipids

1/27/2009
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Host: Bruce Japsen Guest: James Stolzenbach, MD Despite the wide adoption of statins that are practically in the U.S. drinking water, there are still Americans who are notnbsp;being treated with lipid-lowering therapies. So whats the answer?nbsp;Dr.nbsp;James Stolzenbach, who oversees clinical research in the area of dyslipidemia and renal drug development at Abbott Laboratories, tells the Chicago Tribunes Bruce Japsen about combination therapies and other new drugs being pursued by the...

Duration: 00:14:59


Beyond LDL: New Treatment Options to Manage Lipids

1/27/2009
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Host: Bruce Japsen Guest: James Stolzenbach, MD Consumers and their doctors all know about LDL and the need to lower the so-called bad cholesterol. But what about the treatments beyond those that lower LDL? James Stolzenbach, who oversees clinical research in the area of dyslipidemia and renal drug development at Abbott Laboratories, tells host Bruce Japsen about new developments in treating and managing cholesterol beyond lowering LDL.

Duration: 00:15:42


Recognizing and Preventing Congenital Heart Disease

1/26/2009
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Host: Jennifer Shu, MD Guest: William Mahle, MD We are consistently working to improve our approach to diagnosing congenital cardiovascular defects. With both inherited and modifiable risk factors playing a role in these abnormalities, there are many aspects of treatment and prevention to consider. How can we best utilize tests to complement physical examination for diagnosis and treatment? Dr. William Mahle, medical director of clinical research at Sibley Heart Center Cardiology in...

Duration: 00:14:59


PDAs in Infants: To Close or Not to Close?

1/26/2009
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Host: Jennifer Shu, MD Guest: Darshak Sanghavi, MD In preterm neonates with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), the standard of care has been to attempt to close the defect. Yet some experts have asked whether we need to treat PDA in most preemies. If we are to resolve the condition, there are various methods and protocols for treatment and even prevention; how do outcomes for PDA closure vary by treatment strategy? Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, chief of pediatric cardiology and assistant professor...

Duration: 00:14:59


Connections Between Depression and Heart Disease

1/22/2009
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Host: Lee Freedman, MD Guest: Leo Pozuelo, MD Does a patient who becomes depressed have a higher risk of developing heart disease. Conversely, is a patient with heart disease at greater risk for developing depression? What manifestations associate depression and heart disease? Dr. Leo Pozuelo, associate director of the Bakken Heart Brain-Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, examines the relationship between heart disease and depression with host Dr. Lee Freedman. Does treating a depressed...

Duration: 00:14:59


Is Cardiac Resynchronization Beneficial?

1/22/2009
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Host: Larry Kaskel, MD Guest: David Kass, MD Does cardiac resynchronization therapy reduce the long term mortality risk in patients with heart failure. Host Dr. Larry Kaskel discusses with Dr. David Kass, a professor of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the history of cardiac resynchronization and its application in the prevention of heart failure. Tune in to hear why the primary care physician should care about ventricular dyssnchrony, and the limitations of...

Duration: 00:14:59


Researching Ways to Treat Aortic Stenosis

1/20/2009
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Host: Bruce Japsen Guest: William Fearon, MD Aortic stenosis is a disease that impacts heart valves but is often very difficult to treat in elderly and very sick patients. Dr. William Fearon,nbsp;assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine,nbsp;tells host Bruce Japsen about work being done to improve treatment for these difficult populations of patients.

Duration: 00:13:29


The FAME Study, Fractional Flow Reserve and Reducing Heart Attacks

1/20/2009
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Host: Bruce Japsen Guest: William Fearon, MD Its called the FAME study, and doctors placing stents or conducting bypass surgery are going to be hearing more about it.nbsp;Dr. William Fearon, an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University, tells host Bruce Japsen about how patients whose treatment was based on fractional flow reserve werenbsp;less likely to have a major adverse cardiac event than those who had standard angiography.

Duration: 00:14:29


Unexpected Elevated Blood Pressure: What to Do?

1/9/2009
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Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Michael Bresler Do you know how to respond in your office to an unexpectedly elevated blood pressure in a patient not previously diagnosed with hypertension? Dr. Michael Bresler, professor in the division of emergency medicine at Stanfordnbsp;University School of Medicine and director of emergency medicine at the Mills-Peninsula Health System, discusses management of a new diagnosis of hypertension. Dr. Shira Johnson is the host as Dr. Bresler reviews a...

Duration: 00:14:59


Cardiac Marker Testing at the Bedside

12/23/2008
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Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Joseph R. Lex, MD Medicine remains both an art and a science. Are more sensitive cardiac markers clouding our judgement? Dr. Joseph Lex, associate professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, joins host Dr. Shira Johnson to discuss cardiac markers at the bedside, diagnostic testing and clinical judgement.

Duration: 00:14:59


What Cardiac Markers Can Tell Us in the ED

12/23/2008
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Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Joseph R. Lex, MD What can we learn from cardiac markers such as troponin and troponin 1 in the emergency department and how will this dictate the decisions we make in caring for our patients? Dr. Joseph Lex, associate professor of medicine in the department of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, joins host Dr. Shira Johnson to tell us what cardiac markers do and do not tell us. Is there a marker indicating unstable...

Duration: 00:14:59


Are We Doing Too Many Bypass Surgeries and Angioplasties?

12/16/2008
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Host: Matthew J. Sorrentino, MD, FACC, FASH Guest: Michael Ozner, MD For patients with chronic stable coronary artery disease, medical therapy has been shown to be equivalent to interventional therapy for cardiovascular outcomes in comparative studies. Dr. Michael Ozner, medical director of the Cardiovascular Prevention Institute of South Florida and the author of The Great American Heart Hoax will describe his approach to treating cardiovascular risk factors as a way of preventing cardiac...

Duration: 00:14:59


Can Diuretics Prevent Heart Failure?

12/9/2008
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Host: Matthew J. Sorrentino, MD, FACC, FASH Guest: Barry Davis, MD, PhD Hypertension is the most common underlying risk factor for the development of congestive heart failure. Dr. Barry Davis, the Guy S. Parcel Chair in Public Health and director of the Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, will review a recent analysis of the ALLHAT hypertension trial showing that diuretics significantly reduced the occurrence of new-onset...

Duration: 00:14:59

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