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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September 11th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Erectile Dysfunction: Harbinger of Heart Disease?

By Amy Beeman

In this video originally posted on, Dr. Charanjit (Chet) Rihal and Dr. Stephen Kopecky discuss how erectile dysfunction (ED) can be an indicator of coronary disease, especially in middle-aged men.

Dr. Kopecky’s research has shown that men in their 40s with ED have a 40 to 50 times higher risk for coronary disease than other men their age.  Dr. Kopecky encourages physicians to talk with patients about ED and recognize it as a blood flow issue, which may portend coronary disease.

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September 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #17

By Amy Beeman

Dr. Paul Friedman tests us this week on recent clinical trial findings regarding treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF).


Which of the following therapies for AF has been shown to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events (hospitalizations):

A. Sotalol
B. Amiodarone
C. Dronedarone
D. Radiofrequency catheter ablation

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September 4th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Heart Beat of Cardiology – Dec. 11-13 in Chicago

By Amy Beeman

HeartbeatBrochurepicMayo Clinic, in conjunction with the University of Chicago Medical Center, will hold its 7th annual The Heart Beat of Cardiology course Dec. 11-13, 2014 in Chicago.

Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Steve Ommen serves as a course director for this premier course on echocardiography in clinical practice.

Unique features of the course include an audience response system to enhance immediate feedback, easy access to faculty members and one-on-one interaction.

This program is designed for adult cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses, cardiac sonographers and fellows in training. Participants should have practical knowledge of echocardiography.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. A certificate of attendance will be provided for other health care professionals for requesting credits.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and quantitate valvular heart disease severity, apply current guidelines, and use the ASE standard for quantification
  • Apply conventional and tissue Doppler techniques to diastolic function analysis
  • Interpret stress echocardiographic examinations
  • Differentiate athletes heart from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Evaluate application of 3-D echocardiography

Registration for this course is online. Click here to learn more or to register.

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September 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday #16

By Amy Beeman

This week’s board prep topic is pregnancy and the heart. Dr. Heidi Connolly offers a question covering the physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy.


A 32-year-old female, 22 weeks pregnant, presents for a prenatal evaluation. This is her first pregnancy. She has no symptoms and no known prior cardiovascular disease. She is taking prenatal vitamins.

Her blood pressure is 110/76 mmHg, heart rate is 80 beats per minute. There is a grade 2 systolic murmur detected at the left sternal border. The character does not change with maneuvers. The lower extremity pulses are normal. No abdominal bruits are identified. The rest of the examination is unremarkable. The electrocardiogram is normal.

Which of the following is the most likely cause of the murmur?

A. Physiologic murmur related to pregnancy
B. Mitral valve prolapse with mitral regurgitation
C. Outflow murmur related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
D. Aortic valve regurgitation related to bicuspid aortic valve

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