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October 4, 2002
SATELLITE EDUCATION > GET ACS
a critical pathway based on the ACC/AHA guidelines
Accredited by the Duke University School of Medicine: .75 hour,
Drs Paul W Armstrong, Christopher P
Cannon, Christopher B Granger, and Matthew T Roe
discuss the design and implementation of an ACS critical pathway
based on the ACC/AHA guidelines for NSTEMI.
[Supported by an
unrestricted educational grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals]
SATELLITE EDUCATION > DIABETES
risk and optimizing outcomes in patients with diabetes
A series of online educational programs designed to help
physicians manage these high-risk patients. Drs Deepak L
Bhatt, Darren McGuire, and Steve Marso review the
clinical data, consider current reports, and describe their
approaches to intervening in coronary artery disease when the
problem is compounded by diabetes. Printable, full-text available.
[The programs are provided by the Institute for Continuing
Healthcare Education and Conceptis Technologies and are supported by
an educational grant from Eli Lilly and
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HEARTWIRE > NEWS
grants permanent injunction of Guidant-Cook stent
With an injunction preventing the use of information, data, or
technology generated or gathered in connection with the agreements
between Guidant and Cook Inc on paclitaxel-coated stents, Boston
Scientific now looks poised to be the second drug-eluting stent to
reach the market, in light of the recent TAXUS data.
and REDUCE II cast doubt on Cutting Balloon's major
The razor-fitted Cutting BalloonTM
is used at many centers to treat in-stent restenosis, but 2
randomized trials have questioned whether it's any better than the
standard balloon for that indication. (Transcatheter Cardiovascular
Therapeutics 2002.) [Oct 1]
sirolimus-type drugs preferable to coated
The clinical trial results with drug-coated stents have been
overblown, and more long-term data are needed before investing the
significant sums necessary for routine use of these devices, an
expert says. Circulation
statins cause chronic low-grade myopathy?
The development of muscle symptoms without raised creatinine
kinase levels associated with the use of statins in 4 patients has
led to calls for more research on the mechanism by which these drugs
induce myopathy. Ann Intern Med
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