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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...
Posted by Muhammad ALVI on The Early Career Voice Jan 3, 2017 4:03 PM CST
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...
Posted by Ankur Kalra on The Early Career Voice Dec 16, 2016 1:34 PM CST
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...
Posted by Mark Kaeppler on The Early Career Voice Dec 13, 2016 3:33 PM CST
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...
Posted by Deepak Padmanabhan on The Early Career Voice Dec 13, 2016 9:52 AM CST
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...
Posted by Evan Muse on The Early Career Voice Dec 2, 2016 2:48 PM CST
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...
Posted by Muhammad ALVI on The Early Career Voice Nov 29, 2016 4:28 PM CST
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...
Posted by Mark Kaeppler on The Early Career Voice Nov 28, 2016 3:21 PM CST
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...
Posted by Ankur Kalra on The Early Career Voice Nov 17, 2016 9:56 PM CST
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...
Posted by Evan Muse on The Early Career Voice Nov 15, 2016 6:41 PM CST
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...
Posted by Muhammad ALVI on The Early Career Voice Nov 14, 2016 5:53 PM CST
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...
Posted by Mark Kaeppler on The Early Career Voice Nov 14, 2016 11:47 AM CST
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...
Posted by Deepak Padmanabhan on The Early Career Voice Nov 13, 2016 6:36 PM CST
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...
Posted by Jiaying Zhang on The Early Career Voice Nov 12, 2016 9:14 PM CST
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...
Posted by Deepak Padmanabhan on The Early Career Voice Nov 8, 2016 3:27 PM CST
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...
Posted by Ankur Kalra on The Early Career Voice Nov 3, 2016 3:49 PM CDT
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...
Posted by Evan Muse on The Early Career Voice Nov 1, 2016 4:24 PM CDT
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...
Posted by Jiaying Zhang on The Early Career Voice Oct 27, 2016 4:43 PM CDT
Couple of weeks ago, I saw two patients in clinic for hospital discharge follow-up. Both were young and both had a recent stroke. The first patient was a 37-year-old man with valvular heart disease requiring anticoagulation with Coumadin. He presented with a severe right MCA stroke and was found to have a right M1 occlusion. His INR was sub therapeutic ... more...
Posted by Muhammad ALVI on The Early Career Voice Oct 25, 2016 2:44 PM CDT
Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 cause of death worldwide. Which means more people die each year from cardiovascular disease than from any other cause. Unfortunately, more than three quarters of all cardiovascular deaths occur in low and middle income families.   In these socio-economic populations a lack of proper health education is ... more...
Posted by Fritzson Michel on The Early Career Voice Oct 20, 2016 4:32 PM CDT
In having this opportunity to be an "Early Career" blogger through the AHA, I lay claim to being on the very early end of the career spectrum. I started my Cardiology Fellowship training on July 1, 2016—along with every Fellow in every specialty across the nation.   I've been thrilled to be able to finally state that, yes, I'm a Cardiologist, after years of ... more...
Posted by Mark Kaeppler on The Early Career Voice Oct 18, 2016 3:37 PM CDT