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Highlights of the week ending 11-24-2019

CardioMEMs Program Launches at VA

The cardiology team at Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center launched their CardioMEMs program this week. This program, implemented by Rajesh Swaminathan, Paul Rosenberg, Tony Carnicelli, Sara Jensen, and Susan Roberts, aims to reduce hospital readmissions for veterans with congestive heart failure. Three patients underwent successful implantation of the CardioMEMs pressure monitor by Sunil Rao with help from fellows Tony Carnicelli, Jaidip Chakravarti, and Navid Nafissi. Congrats to the VA Cardiology Team – this will certainly be of big benefit to our veterans!

Joint Commission Site Visit Announced: Stroke

Joint Commission surveyors will be on site at Duke University Hospital on Dec. 2nd and 3rd to electively review our Comprehensive Stroke Program as part of our normal biennial review cycle. It is anticipated that the surveyor(s) will spend most of the time interviewing staff and providers that participate in the care of stroke patients in the ED, on Neuro units and in Radiology. They will evaluate care of patients that undergo carotid endarterectomy procedures. With current capacity restraints, stroke patients can be located throughout DUH; therefore, please be prepared for them to visit anywhere within Duke University Hospital.

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

We will not hold Cardiology Grand Rounds this week due to the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • December 3: Zach Wegermann
  • December 10: (5 p.m.) Heart Center Grand Rounds on CTEPH
  • December 17: (5 p.m.) Faculty Staff Meeting
  • December 24: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!
  • December 31: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!


January 17, 2020: Please plan to attend a special Medicine Grand Rounds in the Searle Center Lecture Hall. Damon Tweedy, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and author of Black Man in a White Coat, will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial lecture.


March 26, 2020: 15th Annual Duke Quality & Safety Conference, Durham Convention Center.

The keynote speaker is Brent C. James, MD, MStat, a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, who will be presenting “Thriving under pay-for-value: the best clinical result at the lowest necessary cost.” The deadline for abstracts for the Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference is Dec. 2 at 5:00 p.m.


Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.


Duke Heart in the News:

November 16 — Pamela Douglas

TCTMD/the heart beat

ISCHEMIA: Invasive Strategy No Better Than Meds for CV Events


November 16 — L. Kristin Newby


COLCOT: Colchicine Shows Promise to Reduce Events After MI



November 17 — Manesh Patel

TCTMD/the heart beat

More Adverse Events, Higher Costs With Impella: New Observational Studies



November 17 — E. Magnus Ohman

MedPage Today

Post-ISCHEMIA: Focus Turns to Testing for Stable Angina



November 18 — Duke Clinical Research Institute is mentioned


Vericiguat Hits Primary Clinical-Efficacy Endpoint in HFrEF



November 18 — L. Kristin Newby

ABC News/Associated Press

New, old drugs may offer fresh ways to fight heart disease



November 20 — Renato Lopes

TCTMD/the heart beat

Some A-fib Patients May Need a Bit More Aspirin After PCI: AUGUSTUS



November 21 — Svati Shah

TCTMD/the heart beat

Apabetalone Falls Short in Diabetic ACS Patients With Low HDL: BETonMACE



November 21 – Duke Clinical Research Institute is mentioned


Investigational Drug Vericiguat Reduced the Risk of Heart Failure Hospitalization in VICTORIA Trial



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