November 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

A Focus on Prevention – Jan. 7-10, 2015, in Miami

By Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez

As course director, I invite you to join us for Mayo Clinic Cardiology Update at South Beach: A Focus on Prevention, being held in Miami Jan. 7-10, 2015.

At this course, we will bring together experts in the field of preventive cardiology to discuss trendy and practical topics that could be applicable in daily practice. The talks will be case-based and provide practical take-home messages for practitioners.

Topics to be discussed include:

• Gadgets, apps, and other electronic tools in preventive cardiology
• Statin myalgias and intolerance
• Update on genetic testing for risk prediction
• Cardiac rehabilitation
• An overview of the new concept of “normal weight obesity”

For more information, or to register for our course, visit:

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November 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #27

By Amy Beeman

Today, Dr. Iftikhar Kullo offers this case study. The educational objective is to diagnose a patient presenting with aortic aneurysm.


A 47-year-old asymptomatic woman, mother of two, was noted to have an ejection systolic murmur by her primary care provider on a routine clinic visit. She subsequently underwent echocardiography and was noted to have a tricuspid aortic valve with sclerosis and an ascending aortic aneurysm of 5.1 cm. There were no aneurysmal pulses elsewhere.

The patient had no prior history of trauma or vasculitis. Family history revealed that her brother, at age 42, had needed urgent aortic surgery after an episode of severe chest pain. On physical examination, her blood pressure was normal, and a grade 3/6 early peaking ejection systolic murmur was heard. Otherwise the physical exam was unremarkable. In particular, she did not have any evidence of joint hypermobility, pectus excavatum or elongated fingers. A slit-lamp examination did not show dislocation of the lens.

The most likely diagnosis is:

A. Loeys-Dietz syndrome
B. Familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (FTAAD)
C. Marfan syndrome
D. Turner syndrome
E. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

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November 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Electrophysiology Board Review Course Available Online

By Amy Beeman

EPThe Mayo Clinic Electrophysiology Review for Boards and Recertification is now available to purchase in online video form.

This self-study course provides the cardiologist and electrophysiologist with an overview of all aspects of the field.  Experts will give in-depth didactics on topics ranging from basic arrhythmia mechanisms and pharmacology to catheter diagnosis and therapy and device-based treatments.

Question and answers with an electronic response system accompany each lecture.  The 22-hour-long course also includes a practice exam using an ABIM Electrophysiology Module.

To see a complete list of course objectives and lectures, or to purchase the course, visit:

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November 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #26

By Amy Beeman

Today’s question from Dr. Garvan Kane tests your knowledge on the basic principles of cardiovascular pharmacology.


A 52-year-old woman is referred for management of atrial fibrillation. She has a history of hypertension and major depression. Which of the following medications would be most suitable for her rate control?

A. Propranolol
B. Metoprolol
C. Atenolol
D. Labetalol

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November 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cardiac Innovation Summit

By Amy Beeman


Follow along as Mayo Clinic CV live tweets from the Cardiac Innovation Summit, Nov 5-6.

You can find us on twitter: @MayoClinicCV and see all the updates from the summit by using the hashtags #MayoCardiacInnovation and #MayoCIS2014.

This summit is focused on Structural Heart Disease (SHD) which encompasses disorders characterized by abnormalities of the major central cardiac structures, resulting from congenital or acquired factors.  SHD most commonly involves the heart valves.

Traditional treatment has revolved around open-heart surgery. However in the modern era, many of these disorders can be managed with transcatheter based therapies or minimally invasive and robotic techniques in carefully selected patients.

The emerging field of SHD was born out of innovation. This summit will connect Mayo Clinic leaders with inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists committed to improving the lives of patients by fueling cutting-edge translational discoveries in the field of SHD.

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