Cardiology Education – Health Care Professionals for Patients

Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer and as such cardiology education is an important area for both patients and health care professionals. Continuing Medical Education (CME) is aimed at maintaining, developing and increasing knowledge, skills and performance of medical professionals. These activities may take place as live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas. Providers of cardiology education or continuing medical education can apply to the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC). EBAC accreditation means the scientific content of a CME activity was reviewed and approved by an independent board of European experts in cardiology and that the CME provider has fulfilled the EBAC quality requirements. It also means that the programme has been developed for an international audience, its scientific content is of high quality, it complies with the EACCME Guidelines on CME, and is free of commercial bias.

Heart disease articles for cardiologists can be found on Radcliffe Cardiology’s website which covers many specialities from acute coronary syndromes to surgery. Journals housed on this site include Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review (AER), European Cardiology review (ECR) and Interventional Cardiology Review (ICR). The heart disease articles are aimed at assisting time-pressured general and specialist cardiologists to stay abreast of key advances and opinion in these spheres.

A popular topic currently is heart stenting. The introduction and widespread adoption of drug-eluting stents into routine clinical practice has seen tremendous changes in the practice of interventional cardiology. For a prolonged period, manufacturers have focused research on drugs and polymers that are the key to the prevention of in-stent restenosis. However, heat stent platform design and its clinical implications have now come back to the fore. This has occurred for numerous reasons, but has primarily been driven by the need for modern stents to perform well in increasingly demanding clinical scenarios. It is likely that left main stem (LMS) perucutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and the treatment of large vessel bifurcations will become a mainstream application of PCI over the forthcoming years. Manufacturers may need to consider producing dedicated platforms for the treatment of these vessels. As more patients with multi-vessel disease are treated greater attention will also need to be placed on longer-term outcomes in more demanding clinical settings.

Risks involved in PCI include bleeding from the site where the catheter was inserted into the skin, damage to the blood vessel from the catheter, arrhythmias, damage to the kidneys caused by the dye used during the procedure and an allergic reaction to the dye used during the procedure and infection. Arrhythmias are also discussed in a number of articles on Radcliffe Cardiology’s website. In the most recent issue of AER, arrhythmias in patients with adult congenital disease are covered. Arrhythmias in adults with congenital heart disease, most commonly related to previous surgical procedures, are a frequent comorbidity in this growing population thanks to the improved outcome of surgical techniques. Re-entrant circuits around areas of scarring and natural barriers, combined with abnormal haemodynamics and the underlying anatomy, are the most common cause for these arrhythmias.

“Hart of Dixie”: Trials and Tribulations of Zoe

Hart of Dixie is an American comedy drama show which was launched by Leila Gerstein to run over The CW on September 6, 2011. The team was formed for executive producers including Liela Gerstein, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Jason Ensler and Len Goldstein. The series were produced with the production house of Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios and Fake Empire Productions. It premiered in September 26, 2011 and still in run. Number of episodes listed was 2 in one seasons which have 42 minutes of duration.

The story starts with a girl Zoe Hart played by Rachel Bilson who is a new doctor after passing her graduation from a renowned medical school. She wanted to be a cardio- thoracic surgeon just like her father but all her dreams were shattered when she had to accept a random offer from a stranger , Dr. Harley Wilkes to work under him as a small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She had to shift to small Gulf Coast town to find Harley who passed away so as to collect his medical practice which has been given to her after his death according to his will. She is afraid as the hospitality she received is temporary as the doctors of the town doesn’t share there practice with outsiders and Dr. Brick Breeland is one of them and his daughter, Lemon who turns to cruel girl when she met Zoe. Zoe’s only helpers were the mayor, Lavon Hayes ho is former football player, Wade Kinsella, her neighbour and handsome lawyer, George Tucker. Zoe wants to leave the town as soon as possible but she restrained when her mother visit the town.

During February, 2011 TV Line said Rachel Bilson is approaching to star in the series for new deal. But she was fixed for the show later. After casting her Wilson Bethel was appointed to give his role for Wade Kinsella, Zoe’s gorgeous boy neighbour. After that Scott Porter was called for the role of lawyer, George Tucker. Later in May, 2011 Nancy Travis said she won’t be able to continue with them as she has committed to the 20th Century Fox. Zoe’s mother, Candice Hart’s role was played by JoBeth Williams.

It was called as “Southern Exposure” by TVGuide.com. Robert Bianco of USA Today said the show is highly troublesome to South. The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman stated that the series is superficial and touching story. TVLine stated it as “Beautiful filmed with warm, cosy tones, the Southern setting utterly envelops the glowing Bilson”. The first episode was premiered in September, 2011 and ended up in May, 2012 with total 1.57 million viewers and second season will start in October, 2012 which will run till May 2013. The show received nominations for People choice awards and Golden Tater Awards.

The format is comedy drama. This appeals attraction of the viewers and gains popularity. It receives positive response from the audience and critics. It is admired by all. The viewers eagerly wait for the broadcast of the show. They have the opportunity watch Hart of Dixie free. As we know, internet has become the best friend of the people these days. They can check Hart of Dixie episode guide via internet anytime. Various websites are providing the facility of free browsing. For example: http://tvs-hart-of-dixie.com/

8 Things That You Probably Didnt Know About Kansas City

Kansas City isn’t only about the jazz and blues or barbecues. There are so many things about KC that outsiders probably do not know. Here’s our list of a few of them;

a) The ‘bark’ is more popular here than the barbecue: We love barbecue, but there’s something more drool-worthy. The barbecued meat that’s cut from the edges of a brisket is seasoned and re-smoked to make perfect burnt ends aka ‘the bark’. The chewier the bark, the better is its taste! In fact, we love our burnt ends so much that there’s a BBQ joint dedicated to them in Overland Park.

b) Berlin is in Kansas City: Well, not if you think of it as a German city! But Berlin and Nikita are the names of two polar bears at the Kansas City Zoo. This zoo covers more than 200 acres of land and hosts more than a 1000 animals.

c) Happy hours were illegal until 2012- Alcohol laws in Kansas City are some of the strictest in the United States. In fact, until the alcohol prohibition law was changed, bars were not allowed to offer drink specials to certain demographic groups like women, retirees, or members of fraternities. It is common for Kansas residents to work in the city and go to Missouri for a drink.

d) Air raid sirens are still in use here: The cold war is long over, but air raid sirens continue to blare to warn about twisters. Unless they’re new to the city, people are not bothered by the sound and they continue with business as usual.

e) This is the best place for a pizza: Kansas City pizzas were chosen as the best in America by the Travel and Leisure magazine. Pizzabella, Minsky’s and Kelso’s are some of the local favorites.

f) Kansas City is THE soccer capital in the country: Soccer is an important part of the local sports scene thanks to local teams like the Sporting Kansas City. We also have some of the best facilities in the country for soccer.

g) This is the City of Fountains: KC has more fountains than anywhere else in the US. We also celebrate Fountain Day every April when all the fountains in the city are turned on.

h) Kansas City, North and North Kansas City are two different places: North Kansas City or Northtown is a small city on the north of the Heart of America Bridge, while Kansas City, North or Northland refers to any part of KC that’s to the north of the Missouri river.