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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...
Posted by Muhammad ALVI on The Early Career Voice Feb 1, 2017 2:52 PM CST
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...
Posted by Mark Kaeppler on The Early Career Voice Jan 26, 2017 3:22 PM CST
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...
Posted by Deepak Padmanabhan on The Early Career Voice Jan 24, 2017 3:31 PM CST
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