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Don’t Take My Fun Away (30 Sep 2010)

John Mandrola, MD, FACC

John Mandrorla is a cardiac electrophysiologist and blogger on matters medical and general. In a recent post to his blog Dr John M, he celebrates his enduring sense that doctoring is still a great job.

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Avandia: Lessons Learned and Unanswered Questions (26 Sep 2010)

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM

The following is republished from Pharmalot, a widely read site that provides commentary on the pharmaceutical industry and related litigation. What should we make of the decisions on Avandia yesterday? There remains some controversy about the risk, but the concerns were sufficient, given the therapeutic alternatives, to bring about action. The Europeans decided to suspend sales of the drug, and the Americans opted to leave it on the market, albeit with tough restrictions. The company has announced it will no longer promote the drug, and the practical result in Europe… Continue Reading

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See Everything (21 Sep 2010)

John Mandrola, MD, FACC

John Mandrola is a cardiac electrophysiologist and blogger on matters medical and general. Here is a recent post from his blog Dr John M. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? (Hint: see the right column) I guess the European electrophysiologists couldn’t wait for us in North America.  They have published their own 54,000 word Euro-specific guidance on AF management. It is certainly true that atrial fibrillation management guidelines needed an update; the last comprehensive revision was in 2006.  Much has changed in AF therapy, including the expanded role of… Continue Reading

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What it Really Means to be a “Best Doc” (21 Sep 2010)

CardioExchange Editors, Staff

Guest blogger “Dr. Grumpy” tells CardioExchange what it’s really like to be dubbed a “Best Doc” in one’s field by a local magazine. Can you relate to his amusing account? Share your experiences here.

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A Fistful of Stents (15 Sep 2010)

PZ Myers, Ph.D.

CardioExchange welcomes this guest post from Pharyngula, a blog by PZ Myers, an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Dr. Myers recounts his PCI experience from the patient’s point of view. Here’s my status right now, for those who have been wondering. First of all, I’m not dead yet. Let’s get that out of the way. Yesterday morning was the big event here in hospital-land: I was to get an angiogram, this procedure where they thread wires up your femoral artery to your heart and start… Continue Reading

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Getting to the Heart of the Problem (9 Sep 2010)

CardioExchange Editors, Staff

You told us how you’d handle our latest case: A 53-year-old smoker with a history of diverticulitis and prior gastrointestinal bleeding presents with lightheadedness and bright red blood per rectum. Ultimately, a partial colectomy is recommended. Now, heart-failure specialist Jim Fang weighs in with his recommendations. Do you agree? Tell us why or why not.

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I’m an Awesome Doc! (8 Sep 2010)

Ibee Grumpy, MD

CardioExchange welcomes this guest post, reprinted with permission, from  practicing neurologist “Dr. Grumpy.” The article originally appeared in his blog, Doctor Grumpy in the House. You’ve seen it, somewhere. Every city in America, and likely the world, has a local magazine. And once a year, that magazine publishes a “Best Docs” issue, usually listing 10 doctors from each specialty who they consider the best of the best. Dr. Grumpy, for the record, is not biased against this. I’ve been named a “Best Doc” in my field several times. And I… Continue Reading

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ESC: Similarities and Differences (3 Sep 2010)

Susan Cheng, MD

Many things about ESC  felt different compared to other conferences I’ve attended  — and as many felt the same. The basics were familiar— the welcome booths, the exhibits, and the masses of semi-serious looking people sporting the requisite badge-plus-bag accessory combo. (Thank goodness the bags were bright green and easy to spot from a mile away, saving me many a moment of disorientation while navigating the city.) The differences weren’t quite as obvious at first. Sponsored sessions were held in the main conference venue in the late afternoons, rather than way… Continue Reading

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Breathing Easier with Compression-Only CPR (1 Sep 2010)

Larry Husten, PhD

A recent NEJM study showed that out-of-hospital, cardiac-arrest patients who received compression-only CPR or traditional CPR had similar survival rates. We asked Mark Link, a member of the AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Committee, questions about this latest research. Read what he has to say, then ask him your own questions here.