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  • Wake-up Strokes
    Strokes continue to be the leading cause of long term disability. One of the primary reasons for this is a short time window acutely where patients are eligible for IV thrombolysis. Endovascular intervention increases the time window. Large proportions of patients with stroke do not make it to the hospital within this treatment window. When ... more...
  • Community Engagement
    As a Cardiologist in-training—and concerned physician, in general—I think it’s a good idea to stop every once in a while, to consider some of the ways we might engage our communities through our careers. After all, the walls of a hospital or clinic certainly aren’t the bounds of the care we provide. In many regards, our mission only starts there!   Being ... more...
  • Lead-Based Masses: An Iatrogenic Challenge No One Saw Coming!
    Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) have undergone tremendous changes over the years. Since the days of Hyman, they have undergone transformation from backups in emergencies to dependable workmen. In keeping with the same transformation, an entirely new treatment modality (cardiac resynchronization devices) emerged. Expected ... more...
  • Silent Strokes
    You go to your doctor to be evaluated for mild forgetfulness. These memory symptoms are minimal and are not interfering with daily functioning. Your family doctor orders a brain MRI “just to make sure everything is okay”. Later on, you get a call from your family doctor telling you that the MRI brain shows some “silent strokes”. Now you’re being referred ... more...
  • American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions 2016: Nurturing Lifelong Mentoring Relationships
    As we evolve into sub-specialized cardiologists, focusing on our chosen cardiovascular sub-specialty, we gradually get distanced from the broader cardiovascular specialty meetings, gravitating more toward our sub-specialty annual Scientific Sessions in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiovascular ... more...
  • The Holidays & Counseling Patients on Physical Activity
    We’re officially inside the 2016 holiday season! And—however you’re bound to celebrate—I’d bet your tradition relies heavily on eating delicious food… and likely a more than ample quantity of it.   Estimates vary widely in how much weight we gain each year during the holidays. Review of a few popular websites lends support to a few general points: 1. ... more...
  • A Career in Medicine is Needed to Attend! Says Who?
    Medical conferences have become hubbub of displaying the latest in medical technology and knowhow. They give platforms for representing the future and a meeting place for those who were the chief architects for it. Pharmaceutical companies have always been an integral part of this presentation. One can argue about the ethics of it endlessly (read ... more...
  • A Lipid-Laden Conference
    Nothing paired with the beignets and po’ boys of New Orleans as well as did the many important lipid trials and atherosclerosis oriented science featured at this year’s Scientific Sessions.   HOPE-3 – The Effect of Blood Pressure and Cholesterol on Lowering Cognition presented by Jackie Bosch.   As part of the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation-3 ... more...
  • First Time at Scientific Sessions – My Impressions
    This was my first time at scientific sessions. As a stroke neurologist, it’s not one of the conferences on my calendar but I am happy I got to attend it this year. It’s heavily geared towards cardiology with some component of stroke and peripheral vascular disease. I got exposed to a lot of cutting edge cardiology research and met a lot of bright ... more...
  • What Going to AHA 2016 Has Meant to Me
    In a recent blogpost, I’d mentioned that this was my first time attending the annual American Heart Association conference. I had a lot of reasons for wanting to go and—although I wasn’t quite sure what to expect—the conference exceeded my expectations.   Here are my personal highlights: Exposure It was amazing (and somewhat overwhelming) to be able ... more...
  • PIONEER AF-PCI: Impressions from Duane Pinto, MD, MPH from AHA 2016 Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA
    The American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions 2016 in New Orleans showcased novel, cutting-edge science that will impact patient care and move the field of scientific discovery and innovation forward. For the clinical cardiologists, interventionalists and electrophysiologists that take care of patients with atrial ... more...
  • A Scientific Hit Parade In New Orleans
    The 2016 AHA Scientific Sessions couldn’t have come at a better time. I congratulate the countless administrators, clinicians, scientists, students, abstract reviewers and technical staff that pulled this off big league (or is that bigly?). Although for some folks it felt a little early to venture into red-state territory, but alas New Orleans is ... more...
  • My Inspiration
    This was my first time attending Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. It was a great experience from spending time in the Technology Hall with all the exhibits, simulations and posters. I also got to attend several sessions at the conference. The session that I enjoyed the most was the opening session specially when Dr. Houser, President of AHA/ASA ... more...
  • An Example Of The Application Of Big Data From AHA 2016
    Among a variety of personal and professional goals I’d set in coming to my first American Heart Association conference, I wanted to gain an appreciation for what’s “in the pipeline” that will impact how I care for patients with cardiovascular diseases.   So much of what we do in Medicine relies on the acquisition of good, reliable data. We rely on it and so ... more...
  • Poster Presentation: Pocket Dynamo Or A Poor Relative?
    Presenting a poster at a major conference is an integral part of our education system. If you are lucky, you have the aptitude to make a poster and be able to organize it in a manner that makes complete sense. If not, it could be akin to painting a house; a virtual nightmare of color and shade selection and for a generation that did not have Twitter to help ... more...
  • First Impressions of AHA Scientific Sessions in the Eyes of a Stroke Neurologist
    The 2016 AHA Scientific Sessions, the premiere venue for cardiovascular and stroke science, has finally begun. As a first-time attendee of the AHA sessions, I’m impressed by the diversity of learning opportunities available to me. Even if I’m not a cardiovascular specialist, I can still glean useful knowledge that helps me with my daily clinical ... more...
  • Physicians’ Opinion: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
    In a patient interview, the most common question asked after the discussion of options is always ‘what would you do?’ or its multiple variants. This is usually a question one can sidestep with some degree of grace or fall into it headlong without any qualms.   I have had discussions lasting hours, with colleagues on the appropriate answer to this ... more...
  • My Picks For Interventionalists/Structuralists Attending AHA 2016
    The Fall foliage is at its peak, and the mood is getting festive as we approach Thanksgiving later this month. For cardiologists, the Fall is a busy time of the year with various scientific sessions lined up one after the other, right before the Holiday fervor begins to garner more traction. We are just a week away from the results of the US Presidential ... more...
  • Charlie Hotel Foxtrot: New Maps For Complex Diseases
    On a course from Seattle to San Diego, an airline pilot at 32,000 feet mean sea level essentially considers California to exist only in two parts – Oakland Center and Los Angeles Center - as split up by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into northern and southern sectors respectively (see map). At that altitude the grape vines of Napa Valley and ... more...
  • Life After Stroke: Improving Quality Of Life For Stroke Survivors
    Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Three out of four stroke victims experience stroke for the first time. Whether it’s a relatively minor, or major stroke with severe neurologic deficits, the transition to outpatient care and independent living after stroke can be daunting. Stroke survivors encounter a myriad ... more...

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Stacey, will the Stroke webinars be recorded and available later? Many members at our hospital are not able to commit to 7am PST.