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Women in cardiology! Here come the girls……!!

Calling all female registrars!
Just been to the women in cardiology session…bit disappointed to see so few girlies !!! Where are you all!!!?
Anyway..great presentation from a current EP SpR about a career in EP and decision made in your absence to help promote women in cardiology, provide more career advice (from those already established in careers [...]

NSTEMI…some like them hot but should we cool off?

The BCIS session this morning was Chaired by Simon Redwood and Bernard Prendergast (New Secretary Elect to the BCS…Congratulations!!!!!). Good attendance in the room which had housed the KBA exam for many SpRs yesterday (hope not too many bad memories for some! Good luck!)
Miles Dalby from Harefield presented an interesting case of NSTEMI opening up the debate [...]

Here it is….THE healthcare debate: The UK perspective

To join the debate, this blog should be read in conjunction with that of fellow ACC blogger Wes Fisher, who I thank for inventing such choice names!
For the purposes of the exercise, we’ll take two patients, Mr. Thurgood Powell, a highly successful 57 year-old businessman making $250,000 (£166,128) per year with his company PoshPosh Entertainment, [...]

The Health Care Debate goes on..with the bloggers!

So, having tried to get to grips with the healthcare system (sitting through heated session on healthcare reform) and realising thet my fellow blogger Wes has no idea how things work in the NHS, we kind of though our readers would like a case study to compare the 2 systems.
Firstly a bit of information about my fellow (far more experienced blogger [...]

Want to know more about AF??!! See this new website and other trial results from the ACC!

The ACC and Heart Rhythm Society have launched a new website just for AF !!!
Take a look! There are editorials, news, interactive programs and there is a rate and rhythm pocket guide you can download in pdf for free!
Also see reports of other AF trials (click in each for link to cardiosource and for slides too!):
RACE [...]

DAT post DES…how long??

The aged debate goes on! How long should we be giving dual anti-platelet therapy (DAT) after DES? Current guidelines suggest 12 months….
This trial, in the NEJM March 15, 2010 attempts to answer this question.
2701 patients receiving DES in 2 trials (RAEL LATE and ZEST LATE) were randomised to DAT (clopidogrel and aspirin) vs aspirin alone. They had been free [...]

For those sessions you dont get to, and for when you get home!….

Just had a look at iScience….highly recommended!
Over 90 sessions covered, together with slides, full motion video and audio recorded live!
It does come at a cost, but if you are at the meeting you can get a special deal! And, if you are not at the conference you can buy at half price for the next [...]

The Health Care Reform Debate

Nothing like getting politicians in a room to pull the audience in! I managed to get a seat in what was a heated room!!!
Health Care reform is a contentious issue here and the reconciliation bill is likely to be voted upon at anytime by Congress!
The problem with both the US system and the NHS is [...]

Similar to SYNTAX…..

5 year results of a registry comparing left main stem stenting vs. CABG in unprotected left main (MAIN-COMPARE), have been discussed. This was not randomised study like SYNTAX (1800 patients with multi-vessel disease and/or unprotected LMS).  However it included 2240 patients and propensity score matching was used to reduce the effect of treatment selection bias.
Results show that [...]

Pharmacological treatment of atrial fibrillation. Dronedarone and other anti-arrhythmics

Time to educate the interventionist!
Not allowed to subject you to interventional device sessions (conflict of interest-ACC) and want to appeal to the wider cardiology community to get blogging!
This session (room is packed….about 300 folk!)  is focussing on the medical treatment of AF as opposed to the interventional treatment, describing the indication for the various  anti-arrhythmics [...]

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