• SCAI This Week
  • May 4, 2012

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    CCI: STEMI-Themed Issue Includes Data on Long-Term Outcomes of TA

    New research appearing in a special STEMI-focused issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) confirms thrombus aspiration (TA) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) provides long-term outcomes similar to conventional intervention with bare-metal or drug-eluting stents. These findings published in CCI, SCAI's official journal, report that compared to conventional PCI, thrombectomy does not affect rates of major adverse cardiac events at two-year follow-up.

    For the current study, Dr. Maarten Vink and colleagues in The Netherlands analyzed data from the PASSION trial to evaluate long-term outcomes with TA versus standard PCI with stents. As part of the trial 619 STEMI patients were randomized to paclitaxel-eluting or bare-metal stents, with TA performed in just over half of participants (311). Long-term outcomes that included cardiac death, recurrent myocardial infarction (MI), or target-lesion revascularization (TLR) were compared between patients undergoing TA compared to conventional PCI.

    Two-year follow-up was completed for 598 patients. Cumulative incidence of cardiac death, recurrent MI, and TLR was found in 13% of TA patients and 13.5% of participants in the conventional PCI group. TLR incidence was comparable in the TA and standard PCI groups at 7.7% and 8.3%, respectively. Researchers did not observe a significant difference in adverse cardiac events between the groups.

    "Our post-hoc analysis of the PASSION trial found that TA in conjunction with PCI did not affect the incidence of adverse cardiac events at the two-year follow-up compared to conventional PCI," concludes Dr. Vink.

    Link to the Study

    View the Table of Contents for this STEMI-themed Issue of CCI

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    SCAI 2012 On-Site Registration to Open at Noon on Tuesday

    Still haven't registered for SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions yet?

    SCAI 2012 is going to be IMPORTANT, INTENSE, INSPIRING, and a whole lot of FUN. In other words, it's a can't miss program.

    Luckily, there's still time to plan to attend.

    While online registration is now closed, SCAI will be accepting on-site registrations at the Mirage in Las Vegas beginning at NOON ON TUESDAY, MAY 8.

    The SCAI 2012 Registration Desk will be located at the Rotunda at the Mirage and open during the following hours:

    Tuesday, May 8 .............. Noon - 6:00 PM
    Wednesday, May 9 ......6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thursday, May 10 ........6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday, May 11 .............6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday, May 12 .............6:30 AM - Noon

    Interested in sending several attendees from your cath lab?Contact Eric Grammer at egrammer@scai.org for details on group registration discounts.

    Registration Details

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    SCAI 2012: Joint SCAI/ACC Session to Aid IC's Tackle Changing Profession

    Appropriate use criteria, supply chain issues, partnering with hospitals, dealing with hospital administrators, cost containment, etc. Simply put, the landscape for interventional cardiologists is changing at breakneck speed. The future of the profession hinges on our ability to navigate around new obstacles and seize emerging opportunities.

    With this in mind SCAI and ACC's Cardiovascular Leadership Institute (CLI) are pleased to announce the addition of a special, joint session during SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions at the Mirage in Las Vegas next week.

    Please join us on Friday, May 11 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, to learn about, and discuss, the latest in cath lab data, leadership and governance, and hospital partnerships. 

    The following outlines key agenda items:

    1:00 PM:  Cath Lab Data:  What You Need to Know and Why            
    Presenter:  Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, FSCAI

    1:30 PM:  Leadership and Governance Issues in the Cath Lab         
    Presenter:  Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC

    2:00 PM:  Partnering with Hospitals:  An Interventionalist's View   
    Presenter:  Srihari Naidu, MD, FACC, FSCAI

    2:30 PM:  Adjourn

    Not registered for SCAI 2012 yet?
    While online registration has closed, you can register on-site at the Mirage from Tuesday, May 8 thru Friday, May 9. Click here for on-site registration details. We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be an engaging session on the rapidly changing interventional landscape.  See you in Las Vegas!

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    SCAI Members Participate in theheart.org Editorial Discussion of AUC

    An editorial discussion just published by theheart.org features a panel of interventional cardiologists addressing questions and controversies about the coronary revascularization appropriate use criteria (AUC). Titled "Are Appropriate-Use Criteria for Coronary Revascularization Advancing Patient Care?" the one-hour video presentation is moderated by Sunil Rao, MD, FSCAI, and includes Gregory Dehmer, MD, FSCAI, Manesh Patel, MD, FSCAI, and John Spertus, MD, MPH. The program features a lively discussion of the ways in which the AUC are being used not just by clinicians but also by payers and others; misunderstandings and controversies that surround the AUC; and how AUC may evolve in the future.

    Watch the Program

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    Tweet About Your SCAI 2012 Experience - Be Sure to Use #SCAI2012

    Attending SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions next week?

    Join the conversation about SCAI 2012 on Twitter. Be sure to tweet about your #SCAI2012 experience, thoughts and reflections. It's an additional way to connect with meeting attendees and help spread the word about SCAI Scientific Sessions. Don't forget to use #SCAI2012 in your tweets!

    @SCAI will retweet the best of the best tweets and share them in the SCAI 2012 Morning Update emails.

    Help Us Reach 600 Twitter Followers - Follow @SCAI Now!

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    SecondsCount.org: A Resource to Share with Your Patients

    If you want your patients to manage their risk factors with healthy lifestyle choices, send them to SecondsCount for solid information on quitting smoking, diet and nutrition, physical activity, stress management, etc. Check it out.

    If you want to reinforce your message about taking medications as directed, send your patients to SecondsCount, where we explain what various medicines do, share resources for when money's tight, and suggest strategies for managing multiples meds. Take a look.

    If your patients are troubled by headlines about too-many-tests, suggest they check out SecondsCount, where we discuss all of the major cardiovascular tests one at a time, providing basic information on what it is, when it's typically used, how it's performed, for whom it's safe, and how the information it yields helps with treatment recommendations. See what you think. 

    And if your patients are on Facebook and Twitter, let them know they can find SecondsCount there, too.

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    SCAI PVD Online Course Designed to Meet All Knowledge Levels 24/7

    Feedback from SCAI's membership has consistently ranked educational opportunities in peripheral vascular disease as a primary interest. That's why the Society is so excited to announce the release of the SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease Online Curriculum, the newest addition to the Society's menu of online educational offerings.

    "The course is designed for all physicians, regardless of their background in PVD," said Course Director Christopher J. White, MD, FSCAI. "By providing information on basic as well as advanced aspects of PVD, we are able to offer a course that is just as useful to experts as it is to physicians just getting into this area"

    Offering up to 15 CME credit hours and ideal for physicians interested in learning the background, potential complications, and treatment options for peripheral vascular disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease Curriculum Online features 24/7 access to 15 modules that operate as an online textbook of information. Each module includes a slide presentation as well as a pre- and post-tests to help you assess your learning. Navigating through presentations is easy due to several key features, including expanded search capabilities that allow physicians to search for key terms and phrases within the text and audio to quickly target information.

    Find Out More About SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease Curriculum Online

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    Get Involved in SCAI: Attend a Committee Meeting at SCAI 2012

    SCAI Committees will be meeting at SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions. Remember, SCAI's unique open-door policy means that every SCAI member is invited to attend the committee meetings of their choice. No formal appointments, no need to RSVP. Just take a look at the schedule and see what interests you. Then come check it out!

    Please note: All meetings* will convene on SCAI Committee Day on Wednesday, May 9, at the Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. All times for the SCAI Committee Meetings are Pacific Time. The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    * The FIT Committee Meeting will take place on Friday, May 11 from 11:00 AM - NOON in Andros A.

    View the Schedule of SCAI Committee Meetings

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    All Members Encouraged to Attend SCAI's Annual Business Meeting

    SCAI is reminding members to plan to attend the Society's Annual Business Meeting, which will be conveniently held at SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions on Friday, May 11, 12:30 PM, in Room Jamaica AB at the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

    The meeting will include the election of SCAI officers and consideration of a proposed bylaws amendment involving a new Master Interventionalist membership category. All are welcome to attend; current SCAI Fellows and Senior Fellows (FSCAI) are eligible to vote. Members interested in additional information on the election and/or proposed amendments are welcome to send an email to info@scai.org with "SCAI 2012 Business Meeting" in the subject line.

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