Category Archives: Cardiologist Zone

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PFO Closure – CLOSURE 1 Trial

Cardiologist Q&A: Is there still a future post PFO Closure – CLOSURE 1 Trial? Dr Brian Clapp MA PhD MRCP Consultant Cardiologist Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital London, UK Strokes are a greatly feared and debilitating event in anyone and perhaps even more so in young people in whom they are thankfully rare.  Strokes are…

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Multidisciplinary Team

Cardiologist Q&A: Do you have an MDT meeting at your hospital, and if so which patients for coronary revascularisation should be discussed? Also should a formal SYNTAX Score be used with each? Dr Simon Redwood Reader in Interventional cardiology Honorary Consultant Cardiologist St Thomas’ Hospital LONDON In my view, acting as a ‘sole practitioner’ is…

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Optical Coherence Tomography

Cardiologist Q&A: Do you believe Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) will eventually become the gold standard for the assessment of coronary stenting results? Francesco Prati MD & Fabrizio Imola MD Interventional Cardiology, San Giovanni Hospital, Rome, Italy CLI Foundation, Viale Bruno Buozzi, 60, Rome, Italy The introduction of stents in clinical practice was initially burdened by…

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Primary PCI

Cardiologist Q&A: What have been some of the challenges for your department setting up a Primary PCI Service, and what improvements need to be implemented to ensure continued success in the future? Do you believe in the concept of designated ‘heart attack centres’, or do you believe that any Trust can set up a PPCI…

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Chest Pain Pathway

Cardiologist Q&A: What are the optimal diagnostic pathways in outpatients for the evaluation of chest pain, (i.e. patients who present to the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinics and not acute chest pain patients)? Dr Peter O’Kane Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK NICE are set to publish their guidance on assessment and diagnosis…

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