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2009-05-07 08:47:52

Proton pump inhibitors interfere with anti-clotting protection of clopidogrel The anti-clotting action of the medication clopidogrel (Plavix) can be compromised by common drugs for the treatment of heartburn and ulcers resulting in a roughly 50% increase in the combined risk of hospitalization for heart attack, stroke and other serious cardiovascular illnesses, according to a new study presented yesterday at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 32nd Annual...

2009-05-06 08:38:00

SCAI and Endovascular Forum Launch Interactive, Case-Based Website on Cardiovascular Disease for Worldwide Learning and Collaboration LAS VEGAS, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it's a common heart condition or a rare complication, another physician has likely seen a similar patient. That's why the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and The Endovascular Forum, Inc. (EVF), an IC Sciences Company, today unveiled a new educational Website to facilitate worldwide...

2008-12-08 08:00:00

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The end of fall marks an exciting time for interventional cardiologists about to enter the field and begin their professional careers. Fellows from around the world will gather this week to attend the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Third Annual Interventional Cardiology Fall Fellows Course in Las Vegas, December 8-12. Given the aging population and the increasing number of people with cardiovascular disease, proper...

2008-10-16 15:00:27

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) expressed disappointment with Tuesday's decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not to expand coverage of carotid artery stenting (CAS) for a greater number of patients who are at risk of stroke. CAS is a non-invasive procedure that places a stent in the carotid artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque. Currently, CMS fully covers carotid...

2008-07-01 12:00:15

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the leading professional organization for interventional cardiology, has expanded its educational Web site at http://www.seconds-count.org/ with a new section dedicated to health professionals who work with interventional cardiologists and care for patients with cardiovascular disease. The expanded site features a frequently updated "Latest News" section with analysis of the latest...

2008-06-18 15:00:44

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- To develop first-of-its-kind guidelines and training standards for the emerging interventional cardiology subspecialty field of structural heart disease, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced today the creation of The Structural Heart Disease Council. The Council's mission includes encouraging research, delivering professional education, facilitating development of guidelines, fostering advocacy, and promoting...

2005-12-06 17:06:25

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions has released an updated set of guidelines for infection control in cardiovascular catheterization laboratories. Release of these revised guidelines was prompted in part by the recognition that interventional cardiology procedures have become increasingly complex in recent years. The guidelines, published in the January 2006 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular...

2005-10-14 14:06:34

(BETHESDA, MD)-- A Michigan hospital has cut in half the time it takes to begin life-saving treatment of heart attack patients by using cell phones to transmit electrocardiograms (ECGs) from the field, according to a study in the just-published November 2005 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. An emergency room physician reviews the ECG and, if the patient is having a heart attack, calls in the...

2005-09-12 17:34:02

(BETHESDA, MD)--A metal clip that closes an arterial puncture by drawing the wound edges together like a drawstring stitch is proving an easy and effective way to speed patient recovery after coronary interventions, according to a study in the just-published October 2005 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. The study--the first published report in humans--tested the safety and effectiveness of the...

2005-09-12 17:31:54

(BETHESDA, MD)--Once a coronary stent becomes blocked with scar tissue, the likelihood it will become blocked again is 30 percent to 80 percent. Inserting a second coronary stent that slowly releases anti-scarring medication can markedly cut that risk, according to a study in the just-published October 2005 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Researchers also showed that it was unnecessary to...