Daily Archive: November 24, 2011

Nov 24

Meet CSI International Faculty

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Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, FACC, FSCAI Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Chief Academic Officer, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program Division of Cardiology, Columbia University Medical Center New York-Presbyterian Hospital 161 Fort Washington Avenue, 5th Floor New York, NY  10032 Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, is Chief Academic Officer of the Center …

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Nov 24

Sildenafil improves 6 minutes walk test in pulmonary hypertension

Target new therapy with phosphodiestrase 5 inhibitor has been shown to improve variety of clinical relevant end point including survival, functional class, exercise capacity and hemodynamic variables in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. The drug improves six minute walking distance, reduces pulmonary artery systolic pressure and improves Borg dyspnea index. The findings will be presented …

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Nov 24

Clinical, Echocardiographic And Angiographic Profile Of Patients Presenting With Acute Massive Pulmonary Embolism

Prompt recognition of sign & symptoms in high risk patients should prevent under diagnosis or misdiagnosis of acute massive pulmonary embolism. Simple indices like bed side echocardiography and shock index may be used to aid in triage of these patients. High incidence of RBBB, right axis deviation, S1Q3T3 pattern on ECG and RA/RV dilation & …

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Nov 24

Nesiritide In Acute Heart Failure

ASCEND-HF: For most patients hospitalized with acute heart failure do not treat with nesiritide. Only in carefully selected patients with appropriate hemodynamics (without hypotension or cardiogenic shock) who remain symptomatic despite routine therapy, a trial of nesiritide may be helpful as an alternative to other vasodilator therapy (nitroglycerin or nitroprusside). [N Engl J Med 2011; 365:32]  

Nov 24

Intrathoracic Impedance Monitoring

A randomized trial enrolling 335 patients with chronic heart failure found that monitoring intrathoracic impedance with the use of an audible patient alert did not reduce the composite end point of mortality and heart failure hospitalization but increased heart failure hospitalization and outpatient visits [Circulation 2011 Sep 19]

Nov 24

Both Low, High Salt Intake Linked To Cardiovascular Events.

Both low and high salt intake may be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Nov 24

Facts and figures in cardiology

Cases of CVD may increase from about 2.9 crore in 2000 to as many as 6.4 crore in 2015 [NCMH Background Papers—Burden of Disease in India (New Delhi, India), September 2005]