• March 8, 2013

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    Interventional Cardiology Celebrates Landmark With SCAI Open House

    Last week the interventional and invasive cardiology community came together to celebrate a landmark event with the grand opening of SCAI's new headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. A combination of cardiovascular patients, industry partners and several generations of interventional and invasive cardiology leaders from around the globe celebrated in ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new home of interventional and invasive cardiology.

    "The opening of this new office is just one step in the great momentum we've all made together," said SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI. "In reality we're all standing on the shoulders of some great interventionalists, Drs. Mason Sones, Melvin Judkins, Andreas Gruentzig and past SCAI presidents."

    "Quality is our mission, quality is what we do and this is the place where we're going to be doing it from.", said SCAI Immediate Past President Christopher White, MD, FSCAI. "This is going to mark a change in how we're perceived by our members and everyone else we do business with."

    If you have not updated your contact list, SCAI's new address is: 1100 17th Street NW, Suite 330, Washington, DC 20036.

    View Scenes and Interviews From the SCAI Open House

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    CCI: Early View Content on Coronary, SHD, CHD, TAVI and Imaging

    In order to get critical information to members as soon as possible, SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) offers accepted manuscripts online in its Early View Section prior to inclusion of that manuscript in a print issue.

    The following Early View articles are now available online - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Original Studies


    Vascular remodeling at both branch ostia in bifurcation disease assessed by intravascular ultrasound
    Soo-Jin Kang, Won-Jang Kim, Sung-Cheol Yun, Duk-Woo Park, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Cheol Whan Lee, Seong-Wook Park, Gary S. Mintz and Seung-Jung Park
    Article first published online: 2 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24390
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Prolonged high-pressure is required for optimal stent deployment as assessed by optical coherence tomography
    Jeffrey R. Cook, Ajay Mhatre, Fen Wei Wang and Barry F. Uretsky
    Article first published online: 21 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24724
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    Valvular and Structural Heart Diseases

    Letter to the Editor


    Patent ductus arteriosus closure using the amplatzer® vascular plug II for all anatomic variants
    Stavros Hadjimiltiades
    Article first published online: 2 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.23456
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    Case Report


    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation in a patient with circulatory collapse, using the lucas® chest compression system
    Peter Blom Jensen, Claus Andersen and Henrik Nissen
    Article first published online: 21 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24590
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    Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases

    Original Study


    Prevalence of and risk factors for acute occlusive arterial injury following pediatric cardiac catheterization: A large single-center cohort study
    Andrew C. Glatz, Samir S. Shah, Ann L. McCarthy, Diana Geisser, Kaitlyn Daniels, Dawei Xie, Brian D. Hanna, Robert W. Grundmeier, Matthew J. Gillespie and Jonathan J. Rome
    Article first published online: 21 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24737
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    Non-Invasive Angiography

    Original Study


    Comparison between three-dimensional angiographic reconstruction and intravascular ultrasound: Imaging of the left main coronary artery
    Daniel B. Spoon, Ronen Rubinshtein, Peter J. Psaltis, Gupreet S. Sandhu, Ryan Lennon, Charanjit S. Rihal and Amir Lerman
    Article first published online: 21 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24733
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    SCAI 2013: Congenital Program Chair Calls for Your Best Learning Cases

    The simple concept behind the "I Blew It" & "Brain Scratchers" sessions at SCAI 2013's Congenital Heart Disease Symposium is that there is no better teaching method than coming together as a community and sharing our unusual and challenging cases.

    The "I Blew It" Sessions will be returning for the 14th year to educate with all the ways interventional cases can go awry and with the creative ways that our colleagues manage these complications. More importantly, the session addresses how to avoid such events in the future.

    The "Brain Scratchers" Session challenges attendees to solve hemodynamic, angiographic or interventional mysteries and to provide solutions for less than routine cases in the congenital catheterization laboratory.

    If you have a case that might be a good learning tool for either session, please contact Thomas Fagan, MD, FSCAI, at Thomas.Fagan@childrenscolorado.org. The presentation should last no more than a total of 10 minutes including a dialogue with participants and moderators in how to deal with the complication. The presentation should conclude with some teaching points.

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    Heart Disease & Social Media: SCAI Holds Twitter Chat with USA Today

    To bolster SCAI’s social media presence and continue positioning the Society as a heart health resource for the public, SCAI held an inaugural Twitter Chat during American Heart Month. The hour-long Twitter Chat was led by Herbert Aronow, MD, FSCAI, and John P. Reilly, MD, FSCAI, and featured robust discussion on many key cardiovascular topics, including heart disease risks, prevention, symptoms, treatment options, and what to do if you are having a heart attack.

    To elevate SCAI’s Twitter Chat in the often-crowded social media channel, SCAI partnered with USA Today health reporter Liz Szabo, whose more than 26,000 followers are engaged health consumers and news colleagues. To further expand the reach of the chat, SCAI tapped into its network of health organizations to help promote and participate in the chat. Partners included Mended Hearts, the Preeclampsia Foundation, and Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation. 

    More than 30 health experts, heart health organizations, patients, consumers and media engaged in educational and lively conversation about heart health during SCAI’s first Twitter Chat. Altogether SCAI key messaging was retweeted and shared with more than 80,000 followers. Other highlights included promotional help by USA Today Health, which shared chat details with nearly 160,000 followers, and ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, who helped promote the chat and joined the conversation, retweeting several tweets by SCAI, Dr. Reilly, and Dr. Aronow to his 25,858 followers. Tweets from SecondsCount, Dr. Reilly and Dr. Aronow included links to SecondsCount.org content, driving traffic to the site, including patient stories and quality of life survey findings.

    Read the Chat Transcript

    More on SCAI's Social Media Efforts to Drive Online Engagement

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    CTAF Votes to Adopt Draft Technology Assessments on TAVR, More

    On Wednesday the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) reviewed and voted to adopt draft assessments on the revascularization of diabetics with multi-vessel disease (MVD), IABPs for the treatment of diabetic shock, TAVR in patients with severe aortic stenosis at high risk for surgical complications, and the use of thrombectomy devices for the emergent treatment of acute ischemic stroke.

    David P. Lee MD, FSCAI represented the Society at the meeting. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) still has to finalize the decision.

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    Attending ACC? Introduce a Colleague to SCAI at Booth N6440

    Attending ACC.13 in San Francisco next week?

    Be sure to stop by SCAI's booth (N6440) and ask any questions you might have about your membership and SCAI initiatives. SCAI will also be offering attendees special discounts as well as a free poster of the Top-Ten Tips for Improving Appropriate Use Scores for Elective PCI.

    Additionally this is a great opportunity to introduce colleagues to SCAI and help them learn about the Society's efforts to advance interventional and invasive cardiology worldwide.

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    ACE to Focus on the Importance of AUC, Cath Lab Accreditation at ACC

    Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) will be supporting quality and data metrics programs for cardiovascular care at ACC.13 and NCDR.13 to be held on March 7-12 in San Francisco.

    ACE officers Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI and Charles Chambers, MD, FSCAI will speak about the future of health care and evolving reimbursement models and what current strategy and tools exist for the cardiac cath lab, including cath lab accreditation.

    Dr. Brindis -- Vice Chair of ACE's Board of Directors -- will participate in the NCDR agenda with two general sessions:

    • The NCDR in the Era of Healthcare Reform at 8 am and Public Reporting Gets Personal: Hardball with Rumsfeld and Masoudi at 3:00 pm, Friday March 8, 2013.
    • Integrating AUC in NCDR: Present and Future during ACC.13 on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm.

    Dr. Chambers -- Secretary of ACE's Board of Directors -- will discuss, "Cath Lab Accreditation: Pros, Cons and Implications," on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 pm.

    Achieving quality patient care offers many advantages and "....cardiac cath labs can benefit from ACE services through the development of an integrated program and a thorough, in-depth review of documentation," said Dr. Chambers. "ACE continues to involve leading physicians and other experts from the cardiac, surgical and endovascular arena to identify metrics and develop thorough processes for collecting and evaluating data that will ultimately assist facilities as they maintain and strive to improve their programs."

    Looking to learn more about how ACE can help you take your cath lab from good to great?
    Dr. Chambers will be available to answer your questions at the ACE booth number N6449 on Monday, March 11 at 10:30 am.

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    SCAI Past President to Deliver Keynote at ACC.13 on Public Reporting

    Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, FSCAI, 2006-07 president of SCAI, will deliver the ACC 13 James T. Dove Keynote Address on Monday, March 11, from 8:00 - 8:30 AM PT. His topic, public reporting, is timely, considering rapidly unfolding efforts to share provider performance data with patients, insurers and government agencies. “Like it or not, public reporting is happening” says Dr. Dehmer. “As physicians, we need to understand what will be reported and how this will affect us in the future.”

    In his keynote, Dr. Dehmer will discuss some of the many public reports now available, problems that exist in some of the information, how SCAI and HRS have collaborated with ACC in an effort to publicly report key variables from the NCDR and challenges for the individual cardiologist moving forward.

    SCAI, ACC and HRS Presidents on Public Reporting

    Additional Details on Dr. Dehmer’s Keynote

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    eLearning Spotlight: SCAI 2012 On Demand Still Available Through April

    Did you miss SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions?

    Or were there concurrent sessions you were unable to attend?

    You can still catch up on all the science presented in Las Vegas with SCAI 2012 On Demand, offering you a year of 24/7 access to content presented at the Best of the Best in Interventional Cardiology Education.

    Featuring a combination of presentation slides linked with audio as well as streaming video of live and taped cases, SCAI 2012 On Demand is a great tool to use to train staff as well as expose colleagues to SCAI education.

    But don't wait! SCAI 2012 On Demand will only be available through the end of April.

    With tuition starting at just $99 for SCAI 2012 attendees, this is an educational opportunity you can't miss!

    Find Out More About SCAI 2012 On Demand

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