ACC and AHA Release 10 “Comprehensive” Measures to Combat Sudden Cardiac Death

A new joint report released today by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) offers practitioners and stakeholders ten evidence-based quality and performance measures to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD).

“This is the first comprehensive measure set in the area of SCD prevention,” says Sana Al-Khatib, MD, co-chair of the report writing committee in an ACC press release. “Our vision is that these measures will be developed, tested and implemented in clinical practice and that implementation will improve patient care and outcomes.”

Sudden cardiac death a “healthcare crisis”

The American Heart Association reports more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) occurring in 2016 with only 12 percent of people surviving to hospital discharge. These approximate statistics suggest more than 308,000 sudden cardiac deaths per year.

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Two common ways you might misinterpret medical research

Sophisticated statistics in medical research can be hard to translate to layman’s terms, and when they are, these common misinterpretations can be downright misleading.

1. Odds ratios don’t express relative risk.

In 1999, media reports resulting from a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine wrongly suggested that black patients and women were 40 percent less likely than white patients and men, respectively, to undergo cardiac catheterization.

The study’s authors had used odds ratios to describe the significance of their findings—a common practice among statistically sophisticated researchers—which showed that black patients and women were definitely less likely to be referred for invasive procedures than white patients and men, but not how much less likely.

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Answering questions about our education and membership

We’ve gotten a number of excellent and illuminating questions about the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals recently—enough to put them together as a blog. We’ve got news, too—we’re updating our online continuing education platform!

Does ACVP offer continuing education online?

“I am a registered cardiac sonography tech. I was wondering if your organization offers any continued education courses online. If so will you please direct me to the right location… I am having such a hard time navigating through these websites. Thanks for your help!”

Yes! ACVP does offer continuing education courses online through CVCEU.ORG.

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Cardiac cath team gets a new member. Defining a new sub-specialty: interventional echocardiography

Structural heart procedures are growing, and so is the cath lab team.

For two straight years, Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) magazine has reported from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Annual Scientific Sessions on the rise of a new sub-specialty—interventional echocardiography.

Interventional echocardiography crucial to structural heart

Structural heart procedures have seen rapid growth in the cath lab—and have been a featured topic at many of our 2016 regional educational conferences—and for all but the most expert interventionalists, echocardiography plays a big role in those cases.

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