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 practice. After-all, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are intimately connected.
The Early Career Programming got me started on a fantastic first day. What a great way to open the session by engaging young investigators and clinicians in so many ways, from short didactic sessions to panel discussions on career options. The morning didactic sessions on vascular disease were particularly interesting. As a stroke professional, I have had limited exposure to topics such as pulmonary embolism, venous thromboembolisms, and peripheral vascular disease. I learned valuable knowledge about the latest evidence-based approach in treating these conditions as well as resources useful to me in everyday practice. One of these resources, http://www.anticoagulationtoolkit.org/ was presented in the very informative lecture on how to manage NOACs (novel oral anticoagulants) in the periprocedural setting. NOAC use is increasing in the primary or secondary prevention of stroke due to non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation. All stroke neurologists prescribing these medications should be familiar with all aspects of management from when to stop/start perioperatively to potential drug-drug interactions.
At the end of this productive day, I can’t wait to start the second day packed with even more learning opportunities! The Science & Technology Hall Simulation Zone sounds particularly interesting. It has several exciting exhibits featuring: 1) Body Interact, a screen-based 3-D immersive training platform; 2) Mechanical Circulatory Support, a hands-on model to observe hemodynamic conditions such as heart failure and shock; and 3) Vimedix, a brand-new training platform with 3-D augmented reality display of anatomy and pathology in echocardiography. With so many engaging ways of interactive learning and networking opportunities, I guaranteed you will always be able to find something suitable for your interests and needs.
Jiaying Zhang, MD
Instructor of Neurology - Cerebrovascular Division
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Dr. Jayne Zhang is an Instructor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her interests include quality improvement in inpatient neurologic care and stroke education.