• President's Message: SCAI Launches Quality of Life Initiative - How You Can Help!

    October 18, 2012

    President's Message: SCAI Launches Quality of Life Initiative - How You Can Help!

    October 18, 2012

    Dear Members,

    We have all noticed how effectiveness of cardiovascular treatments is often analyzed in the context of hard endpoints, like myocardial infarction, death and stroke. Usually missing in these important discussions, however, is how therapies impact quality of life and how each patient’s preferences should be carefully considered in decisions about treatment.  One of SCAI’s goals is to highlight quality of life issues, and how patients feel about them.

    Today I am pleased to announce the launch of SCAI’s quality of life initiative. To kick off the program we are announcing the results of a patient perception survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of SCAI, to assess how quality of life is affected by heart disease treatment choices.  The survey, titled “Living Life to Your Heart’s Content: Patients Speak,” is aimed at learning how we interventional cardiologists impact the quality of life for our PCI patients, while also driving an understanding of the significance of quality of life for heart patients who face medical decisions.

    Simultaneously e-publishing today in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) is a comprehensive review of research on quality of life following angioplasty and stenting. This important paper, titled “Effect of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on Quality of Life: A Consensus Statement from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions”, was developed by SCAI Secretary Dr. James Blankenship and a team of SCAI members.

    In addition to releasing the survey results and consensus paper, SCAI is spearheading a variety of activities intended to promote discussion about quality of life, including:

    • Radio and TV interviews with stations from across the country:  Joining me in a discussion of the survey’s key findings will be an Atlanta patient, who will share his personal experience with angioplasty for treatment of stable ischemic heart disease. Stay tuned for updates on these interviews and their viewership.

    • Distribution of materials announcing the survey results and publication of the paper:  The press release is available hereI encourage you to download it and share it with your colleagues and local journalists.

    • An infographic, which visually conveys key survey findings:  The infographic is available on SCAI’s website here: Please feel free to print the infographic.

    • Patient stories:   Over the next few months and into 2013, we will feature the stories of real patients who have undergone treatment for cardiovascular disease. These stories will appear on SecondsCount.org and SCAI’s social media channels, among other vehicles.  To participate in this effort, please contact Kathy David at kbdavid@scai.org.

    In addition to contributing to SCAI’s patient stories library, you can participate in the program via social media. Please consider distributing the infographic, news release and quality of life messages via your own social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

    I will keep you updated on the success of this exciting initiative, and I look forward to hearing from you as we embark on this important endeavor.


    J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, FACC
    SCAI President (May 2012 - May 2013)


    The survey was developed with support from Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific and Medtronic. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.