• August 2, 2013


    In This Issue:





    Take 3 Minutes to Find Out What SCAI is Doing for YOU & YOUR Patients

    We invite you to take 3 minutes to watch the video below, which highlights some of the many ways SCAI is working to bring the value of interventional cardiology to life. It’s a powerful look at a few of our recent efforts to advocate, educate and promote quality in interventional cardiology – the many ways your Society is working for you and your patients.


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    ACE Publishes Updated Standards for Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation

    Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) has announced the publication of updated standards for cardiac intervention procedures.

    ACE updated its Cath/PCI standards to align with the recently published clinical competency document for PCI, which includes information on physician training, clinical competency criteria and the updated expert consensus document published in 2012. Outcome metrics have been revised to incorporate the AUC standards as reported by the NCDR Cath/PCI registry.

    "This is the first major change to cardiovascular intervention standards, driven by the latest available science," said Bonnie H. Weiner, MD, MBA, FSCAI, ACE Board Chair and CMO. "Incorporating these into the ACE accreditation program establishes comprehensive guidelines for interventional cardiology best practice."

    Review the Updated ACE Standards for the Cardiac Cath Lab

    Don't be a Headline - Sign Your Cath Lab Up for ACE Accreditation Now!


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    Society Encouraging Members of Congress to Support Bill to Repeal IPAB

    SCAI and its Alliance of Specialty Medicine partners are encouraging members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 351/S. 351, legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA) to set Medicare reimbursement rates.

    In letters thanking Senator Mark Prior (AR) and other legislators for cosponsoring the bill, SCAI voices strong opposition to the IPAB, expressing concerns it will arbitrarily ratchet down provider reimbursement without sufficient oversight and without taking necessary measures to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive the quality health care that they need and deserve.

    Watch for SCAI Calls to Action: We will be asking members to mobilize during the August Congressional recess, when your Senators and Representatives will be in their home districts/states. Stay tuned.

    Read the Letter to Senator Mark Prior


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    CCI: New Early View Content on Coronary Artery Disease

    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 in Coronary Artery Disease are now available online - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Coronary Artery Disease
    Original Studies

    A randomized, controlled, multicenter trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Zotarolimus- vs. Paclitaxel-eluting stents in de novo occlusive lesions in coronary arteries: Five-year results from the ZOMAXX I trial
    Bernard Chevalier, Carlo DiMario, Franz-Josef Neumann, Donald E. Cutlip, David O. Williams, John Ormiston, Eberhard Grube, Robert Whitbourn, Jessie Coe and Lewis B. Schwartz, for the ZOMAXX I Investigators
    Article first published online: 25 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24958
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Determinants of fluoroscopy time for invasive coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention: Insights from the NCDR
    Reza Fazel, Jeptha Curtis, Yongfei Wang, Andrew J. Einstein, Rebecca Smith-Bindman, Thomas T. Tsai, Jersey Chen, Nilay D. Shah, Harlan M. Krumholz and Brahmajee K. Nallamothu
    Article first published online: 24 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24996
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Comparison of abluminal biodegradable polymer biolimus-eluting stents and durable polymer everolimus-eluting stents in the treatment of coronary bifurcations
    Saami K. Yazdani, Erica Pacheco, Masataka Nakano, Fumiyuki Otsuka, Scott Naisbitt, Frank D. Kolodgie, Elena Ladich, Serge Rousselle and Renu Virmani
    Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24995
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Carotid artery stenting according to the "tailored CAS" algorithm performed in the very elderly patients: The thirty day outcome
    Karolina Dzierwa, Piotr Pieniazek, Lukasz Tekieli, Piotr Musialek, Tadeusz Przewlocki, Anna Kablak-Ziembicka, Renata Kosobucka-Peszat, Roman Machnik, Mariusz Trystula and Piotr Podolec
    Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25025
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Learning curve for intracranial angioplasty and stenting in single center
    Qiankun Cai, Yongkun Li, Gelin Xu, Wen Sun, Yunyun Xiong, Wenshan Sun, Yuanfei Bao, Xianjun Huang, Yao Zhang, Lulu Zhou, Wusheng Zhu and Xinfeng Liu
    Article first published online: 1 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25038
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Angiographic characteristics of femoropopliteal in-stent restenosis: Association with long-term outcomes after endovascular intervention
    Ehrin J. Armstrong, Satinder Singh, Gagan D. Singh, Khung-Keong Yeo, Shaan Ludder, Gregory Westin, David Anderson, David L. Dawson, William C. Pevec and John R. Laird Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24983
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Clinical Decision Making

    An evidence-based review of the impact of periprocedural myocardial infarction in carotid revascularization
    Erik Stilp, Colleen Baird, William A. Gray, Peter A. Schneider, Charles A. Simonton, Patrick Verta and Carlos I. Mena-Hurtado
    Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25056
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Case Report

    Acute limb ischemia due to abdominal compartment syndrome
    Atsuo Maeda, Kohei Wakabayashi and Hiroshi Suzuki
    Article first published online: 16 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25083
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


    Exercise right heart catheterization for inferior vena cava obstruction: Confirming the hemodynamic significance of an anatomic lesion
    Mackram F. Eleid, Haraldur Bjarnason, Robert L. Frye and Rick A. Nishimura
    Article first published online: 16 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25062
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue


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    Cardiology Today's Intervention Features Variety of SCAI Authors

    The latest issue of Cardiology Today’s Intervention includes three articles submitted at the magazine’s request by SCAI Fellows. The articles include a collaboration by Chandan Devireddy, MD, FSCAI, and John P. Breinholt, III, MD, FSCAI, who teamed up to report on SCAI 2013. Dr. Devireddy is a member of SCAI’s Public Relations Committee who helped develop the SCAI 2013 media kit, which yielded more than 50 original news stories about the news and science presented in Orlando this year. Dr. Breinholt is an SCAI-ELM Fellow, who responded to SCAI’s call for authors. Together Drs. Devireddy and Breinholt offer the magazine’s readers a look at highlights from both the adult cardiology and congenital heart disease programs.

    For the magazine’s round-up of clinical trial news from EuroPCR, SCAI Past President Larry S. Dean, MD, FSCAI, provided commentary on the ADVANCE trial. His remarks appear in the context of the meeting’s TAVR highlights, including comments by Christoph K. Naber, MD, PhD, and Marco A. Costa, MD, PhD, FSCAI.

    The July/August issue of the Cardiology Today’s Intervention also includes a feature story by SCAI President-Elect Charles E. Chambers, MD, FSCAI. “Safety First: Ionizing Radiation in the Cardiac Cath Lab” highlights the threefold reduction in cardiovascular death since the 1950s, in part as a result of therapies that use radiation. A result is a “wholly appropriate focus on best practices for radiation safety in the cardiac cath lab.” In his article, Dr. Chambers examines radiation dose assessment and management as well as the imperative for every cardiac cath lab to have a radiation safety program with active participation from the physicians, staff, and physicist. This is key for improving patient, staff, and physician safety. The effort must be led by the interventional cardiologist.

    Read the articles in Cardiology Today’s Intervention:

    The Take Home: SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions

    Safety First: Ionizing Radiation in the Cardiac Cath Lab

    The Take Home: EuroPCR


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    ACT NOW! Fall Fellows Application Deadline is Next Friday

    The biggest names in Interventional Cardiology and the majority of interventionalists-in-training will be at SCAI 2013 Fall Fellows.

    Are you planning to be there?

    If so, be sure to beat next week's August 9th application deadline - APPLY NOW!

    In addition to featuring a faculty of the leading figures in Interventional Cardiology, there are plenty of reasons this is the one fellows course YOU should be attending:

    • FREE Tuition, Travel & Hotel (restrictions apply)
    • WORLD CLASS FACULTY featuring the Best of the Best in Interventional Cardiology
    • LARGEST MEDICAL-SIMULATION training program in the U.S.
    • HANDS-ON simulation training
    • CAREER CENTER will provide fellows with career-building opportunities
    • UPDATES on the most widely used interventional procedures

    Apply to Attend Now

    Learn More About Fall Fellows

    Download the Preliminary Program


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    Enter to Win a Free "You & Your Stent" Video Player

    Take your patient education efforts to the next level with a “You & Your Stent” Video Player!

    Enter the SecondsCount Educate Patients Contest, and you could win a free video player that you and your cath lab team can use to help patients and their families understand: 

    • How the heart and arteries work
    • What is acute coronary syndrome?
    • How a stent works
    • How to take care of a stent (adherence to medication and lifestyle changes)
    • What happens next


    “You & Your Stent” is an unbranded video developed by Daiichi Sankyo/Eli Lilly in partnership with the editors of SCAI’s public education website, SecondsCount.org. 

    The video answers questions often asked by patients, with accompanying full-color animations and narration in English.

    Preview the Free 10-Minute Video in its Entirety or Any of its Six Chapters

    Contest Rules and Forms

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