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Suspect a Stroke? Act F.A.S.T.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911. It’s a call that can mean the difference between life or death. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, it is a call that too few made. Across the nation, stroke death rates increased as people elected to stay home with stroke symptoms rather than … Continued

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Heart & Vascular

Dipti Itchhaporia Named New American College of Cardiology President

Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, has officially started her term as the 70th president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Itchhaporia, an interventional cardiologist, currently serves as the chair of cardiovascular health and director of disease management at the Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute in Newport Beach, California. She is also an associate professor at the … Continued

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Clopidogrel Should Remain Antiplatelet of Choice in Elective PCI: ALPHEUS

Patients with high-risk features undergoing elective PCI and treated with the more-potent antiplatelet agent ticagrelor (Brilinta; AstraZeneca) instead of clopidogrel fared no better with respect to protection from periprocedural myocardial infarction or major myocardial injury, according to the results of the ALPHEUS study. And while use of ticagrelor in the elective setting wasn’t associated with … Continued

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Cancer

Long-term TARGIT-A Data Support Single-Dose Intraoperative Breast Cancer Radiotherapy

The 5-year results of the TARGIT-A trial have demonstrated the non-inferiority of risk-adapted, single-dose targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT-IORT) delivered during lumpectomy to conventional radiotherapy for the adjuvant treatment of early-stage breast cancer. Noting that “TARGIT-IORT has similar long term local control and cancer survival outcomes to whole breast radiotherapy,” the researchers say that “[s]ingle dose … Continued

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US Mortality Rates for CVD Have Stalled as Racial Disparities Widen

Gains made in decreasing mortality for ischemic heart disease in the United States over the past two decades have been offset by stagnant or increasing death rates for most other forms of heart disease, including heart failure and hypertension, according to a new analysis. Moreover, stark racial disparities continue to exist within all subsets of … Continued

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Walk for Victory at TeWinkle Park Honored Rare Disease Day

Having a rare genetic disease that you share with about one in 5,000 people could be isolating. But Christian D’Angelo feels like part of a community. His team at Hoag Health Network — doctors, nurses, specialists and staff from the Heart and Vascular Institute — will join him Saturday for the Southern California Walk for … Continued

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A Cardiologist's Advice to Women: How to Keep Your Heart Healthy and Happy

One of the most important things to understand about heart health is that a woman’s needs change over time. Risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol can become more important as a woman ages. Hypertension and high cholesterol are not things we may feel. This is why hypertension is called … Continued

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Major Heart Organizations Now Led by Women

Female cardiologists are increasingly being tapped for leadership roles in major cardiology organizations, including, in 2020, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society and others. Christine Albert, MD, MPH, is one of them. She is president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society and founding chair of the newly established … Continued

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Atherosclerosis and How it Relates to Coronary Artery Disease

The tragedy of Coronary Artery Disease is that it is essentially an “after the fact” diagnosis. This means that a clinical event has to have happened: anginal chest discomfort, acute coronary syndrome, heart attack, placement of a stent, or coronary bypass operation. Once any of these have occurred, a patient is now diagnosed with Coronary … Continued

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Milestones

Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia, director of Disease Management for the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, has been appointed as the American College of Cardiology vice president for 2020-2021. She will move on to lead the college as president in 2021- 2022. Itchhaporia will be the fifth female president in … Continued

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