Interview with Dr. Nathalie Auger, principal scientist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CHUM) and associate clinical professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal and with Dr. Brian Potter, clinical investigator and interventional cardiologist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, and assistant clinical professor with the department of medicine at the University of Montreal.
Dr. Auger, Dr. Potter and their co-authors investigated the association of quantity and duration of snowfall with hospital admission or death due to myocardial infarction.
Full research article (open access): www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.161064
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Supraventricular tachycardias represent a range of tachyarrhythmias originating from a circuit or focus involving the atria or the atrioventricular node. Prompt recognition of the specific type of arrhythmia is essential to determine therapeutic management. Dr. Lior Bibas, cardiology fellow at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, discusses various approaches to treatment. He co-authored a review article (subscription required) published in the CMAJ.
Interview with Dr. Dennis Ko, interventional cardiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and senior scientist with the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Ko and colleagues found that patients discharged after an emergency department visit for chest pain were less likely to be seen within 30 days by a primary care physician or cardiologist if they had known cardiac or cerebrovascular conditions, as well as other comorbidities. The paradoxical finding that patients at higher risk for adverse events were less likely to receive follow-up suggests the need for a better strategy to improve transition of care in this context.
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Physicians and vets, she says, are caring for the same disorders. There’s congestive heart failure, cancer, ALS, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, post-partum depression, stroke, and the list goes on. Many procedures are also the same ...continue reading