2015 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessio
ACC.15 will feature cutting-edge science and presentations covering a wide range of topics in cardiology, including acute coronary syndromes, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, heart failure, echocardiography and other imaging modalities, valvular heart disease, and more.
About two-thirds of surgeons performing mitral valve surgery on patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) do ablation procedures at the same time. There are no official guidelines on when to do both. Trying to provide more information to guide such decisions, a US-Canada team randomized a group of these patients to either valve repair alone, or valve repair with ablation. The dual approach seems better.
Physicians may think patients over 80 are too old to benefit from agressive care to treat unstable angina or clogged arteries that caused a heart attack. Think again, a Norwegian researcher said at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Diego, CA. These patients were 47% more likely to survive and healthier after invasive procedures than a group that got non-invasive care.
A new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs is emerging, known as PCSK9 inhibitors. Reporting on results of a safety and efficacy trial of Amgen's entry in this race, evolocumab, showed it did better than standard therapy when it came to adverse events and cholesterol lowering, and showed promise for reducing cardiac events.
AstraZeneca researchers report that a new drug call MED12452 is being developed as an antidote for patients who need to reverse the effects of ticagrelor (Brilinta/AstraZeneca) on an emergency basis. That could be important for patients taking ticagrelor who need emergency surgery or are bleeding from an accident.
Medicine is far more than a science. Physicians should never forget that their patients are more than collections of data and that care is not measured in mouse clicks, physician-author, educator and bedside manner expert extraordinaire Abraham Verghese, MD, told a standing room crowd. His talk "I Carry Your Heart" kicked off the American College of Cardiology's meeting in San Diego, CA.
The American College of Cardiology 2015 Annual Scientific Session and Expo is set to begin March 14 in San Diego, CA. MD Magazine's editorial and video team will be there to provide breaking news, physician interviews, and analysis of the 3-day event. Some of the studies presented will likely change the practice of cardiology. Here's a preview.