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EUROECHO 2011 | December 7-10, 2011

EUROECHO 2011 Budapest
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Monday December 12 2011

  • Heart Drugs May Block Chemo Damage

    BUDAPEST — The combination of statin plus ACE inhibitor could be cardioprotective for cancer patients who need anthracycline chemotherapy, a small prospective study suggested.

  • Handheld Echo Okay in Novice Hands

    BUDAPEST — Primary care physicians with a little training on echocardiography devices the size of a smartphone can identify left ventricular dysfunction with good accuracy, researchers found in a small study.

Sunday December 11 2011

  • Valve Fix Value Unclear in Certain Aortic Stenosis

    BUDAPEST — Patients with severe aortic stenosis with low flow and low pressure gradient shouldn't automatically be excluded from valve replacement or repair, researchers suggested, though the group as a whole doesn't benefit from surgery.

Saturday December 10 2011

  • Pacemaker Undoes Valve Replacement Benefit

    BUDAPEST — Right ventricle pacing may undermine the benefits of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI), an observational study suggested.

  • BNP Aids in Mitral Valve Determinations

    BUDAPEST — For asymptomatic patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation, the blood biomarker brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) adds to echocardiography measures in predicting prognosis, researchers found.

Friday December 9 2011

  • 3D Strain Not Ready for Clinic

    BUDAPEST — Capturing the heart in three dimensions may solve some issues in measuring cardiac strain but presents others, experts here explained.

  • Left Ventricle Mass Increases With Insulin Resistance

    BUDAPEST — Insulin resistance may accelerate left ventricular hypertrophy in aortic stenosis, and statins appear to worsen the problem, researchers found.

Thursday December 8 2011

  • Cancer Drug Has Early Cardiac Effects

    BUDAPEST — Breast cancer patients often develop early signs of cardiotoxicity within months of starting treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin), according to a small study with implications for heart failure prevention.

  • Echo Method Can Sound Out Infarct Size

    BUDAPEST — Left ventricular strain measured with echocardiography can determine how much of the heart has been damaged by myocardial infarction without the need for an MRI, two research groups reported here.

Tuesday December 6 2011

  • EUROECHO: Valves Open Up Meeting

    BUDAPEST — A new emphasis on multimodal imaging will mark the annual meeting of the European Association of Echocardiography that kicks off here this week, but the buzz centers on how these techniques can be used in valvular heart disease.

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