May 14, 2015 / Press Release
Awards presented today at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2015 Scientific Session in San Diego recognize outstanding SCAI members for their ongoing contributions to the field of interventional cardiology, the Society and patient care. Honorees span a broad spectrum of practitioners, all of whom have demonstrated a commitment to excellence throughout their careers, helping to shape the Society as well as the lives of patients and mentees. Read the release.
April 28, 2015 / Press Release
People with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who undergo an angioplasty procedure and receive a heart stent are prescribed an oral antiplatelet (OAP) therapy and aspirin to help prevent a heart attack, a blood clot in their heart stent (stent thrombosis), or even death. Yet, a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 52 percent of 275 ACS patients who were currently taking an OAP have missed taking or changed the way they take their prescribed OAP therapy, even though most of them were informed by their doctors of the importance of the therapy to their heart health. Of these respondents, those under age 65 (194 participants) were much more likely not to follow their OAP therapy regimen as prescribed than older respondents, even though they were more concerned about their health, according to the survey findings. Read the release.
April 14, 2015 / President’s Message
Today is an historic day. After nearly 20 years, Congress has voted to repeal the deeply flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. As a result of coordinated advocacy by medical societies such as SCAI and grassroots efforts by physicians, including many SCAI members, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by the Senate and the President has said he will sign it into law. Now the United States can move toward a system with potential to appropriately value the work of physicians and help ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to care. Continue reading.
April 7, 2015 / Press Release
Greater availability of percutaneous mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices for treatment of heart failure is helping expand treatment options for a rapidly growing number of acutely and chronically ill cardiac patients who could benefit from the devices. An expert consensus statement released today by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) provides new guidance to help physicians match the right device with the right patient. The statement has been endorsed by the American Heart Association (AHA), Cardiological Society of India (CSI) and the Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology (SOLACI). The Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology (CAIC) has affirmed the value of the statement. Read the release.
April 7, 2015 / Press Release
Nearly half of interventional cardiologists responding to a survey conducted by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) reported at least one work-related orthopedic complication. The findings, published today in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, indicate that occupational health issues are on the rise among interventional cardiologists. Continue reading.