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Dave Schafer

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 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

A simple blood test done immediately after cardiac surgery may provide an effective indication of a patient’s postoperative stroke risk. An acutely elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level after an operation was “by far” the most powerful predictor of postcardiac surgical stroke in a case-control study.

 - conference speaker audience

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ (SCAI) 2015 convention will kick off May 6 with a session on state-of-the-art technologies, which will include keynote lectures by Christian Assad-Kottner, MD, of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., and Peter J. Fitzgerald, MD, of Stanford University in California.

 - red and white pills

The FDA is warning cardiologists that patients can develop life-threatening symptomatic bradycardia when the hepatitis C drugs ledipasvir/sofosbuvir or sofosbuvir combined with another direct-acting antiviral are taken together with amiodarone.

 - 4 ways to become a more strategic leader

As healthcare evolves into a more value-based system, physicians are increasingly taking the reins as leaders within healthcare systems, using their clinical background to direct stronger patient-centric care.

 - Watchman LAA device

Boston Scientific’s implantable Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device finally won FDA approval to become an option to long-term warfarin therapy for high-risk patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

 - Bike riders

Former Intel executive Sean Maloney set off on a 5,000-mile cycling quest March 22 to raise awareness about stroke prevention. His Heart Across America campaign is a three-month fundraising trek from Palo Alto, Calif., to New York City.

 - Heart

The FDA approved a pacemaker system that allows patients with single-chamber pacemakers to undergo full-body cardiac or thoracic MRI scans.

 - Data Sharing

“Big data” can change healthcare into a system that better focuses on early detection and prevention rather than acute care—if physicians make better use of it.

 - GE Healthcare's Vivid E9

On the eve of ACC.15, GE Healthcare’s Al Lojewski, general manager of cardiovascular ultrasound, answered some questions for Cardiovascular Business.