September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #20

By Amy Beeman

Dr. Carole Warnes tests us this week with a case study on congenital heart disease.


A 50 year-old man presents with increasing dyspnea over the last three years with occasional dizziness. He was diagnosed with some type of congenital heart disease in childhood but had no follow-up after being told he was "fine." His ECG is shown.












The most likely diagnosis is:

A. Ebstein’s anomaly
B. Congenitally corrected transposition
C. Eisenmenger syndrome
D. Tetralogy of Fallot
E. Tricuspid atresia

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September 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #19

By Amy Beeman

Today Dr. Peter Brady offers a case study on the use of antiarrhythmic drugs.


A 55 year-old male comes to your office for follow-up. He was recently started on flecainide 100 mg twice daily for recurrent (symptomatic) atrial fibrillation (AF). He is tolerating the drug well and has experienced no further episodes.

His past medical history includes hypertension, coronary artery disease (CAD) with prior myocardial infarction (MI) and COPD. His renal function is normal.

What do you advise at this point?

A. Continue the current course of treatment, see again in 3 months
B. Switch to propafenone
C. Switch to amiodarone
D. Consider dofetilide

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September 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic CV Board Review Course Now Available Online

By Amy Beeman

Mayo Clinic’s popular CV Board Review course is now available in an online, interactive format. This course provides the cardiologist and internist with an overview of all aspects of cardiovascular medicine. Well-known experts in give in-depth didactics via streaming video.

Each lecture has a pre- and post- question and answer session. This course is designed specifically to prepare the cardiovascular specialist for the Cardiovascular Boards. But the course also provides the practicing cardiologist or internist with an update on the latest knowledge and advances in cardiovascular medicine.

Product features include:

  • Board review course videos
  • Personalized online study guide
  • Self assessment test
  • 150+ ABIM-approved MOC medical knowledge questions
  • Access to slides via PDF format
  • Online ECG coding module

To purchase the course, visit Mayo Clinic’s CV CME Self Study information page

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September 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Repair or Replace: A Discussion on Mitral Valve Treatment

By Amy Beeman

In this video originally posted on Medscape’s, Dr. R. Jay Widmer and Dr. Rakesh Suri discuss the findings from a recent study comparing valve repair with valve replacement in patients with severe ischemic mitral regurgitation.

Follow Dr. Widmer on Twitter:  @DrArgyle

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September 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #18

By Amy Beeman

For our latest board prep question, Dr. Nandan Anavekar offers a case study:


An 86-year-old woman with a past medical history of significant hypertension presents with inferior STEMI. At angiography the culprit lesion is found to be the distal RCA. She is treated with stent placement and appropriate adjunctive medical therapy. She has an uneventful course and is up walking by day two of hospitalization.

Prepatory to dismissal, she is undergoing left ventricular functional assessment with transthoracic echocardiography, and is found to have a small pericardial effusion. Subsequently, she feels nauseous, becomes pale and loses consciousness. Which of the following is the most likely etiology of her current presentation?

A. Ventricular septal defect
B. Vasovagal syncope from too much pressure from the echo probe
C. Free wall rupture
D. Papillary muscle rupture
E. Complete heart block

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