Cardiac Rehab

I visited with Dr Linda Peterson about cardiac rehab. We review who qualifies for referral, what cardiac rehab is, the benefits and the challenges for patient participation. In the podcast, I reference a few articles regarding the mortality benefit. Links are found below:

JACC 2016 Meta-analysis
Mayo study of post-CABG patients
Mayo study of post-PCI patients

Noninvasive radiation for VT

In collaboration with Dr Clifford Robinson (RadOnc), Dr Phillip Cuculich helped pioneer a completely noninvasive method to identify the origin of ventricular tachycardia and treat with radiation. Dr Cuculich and I talked about the trial, how it came about, and we learn from the results.

See the manuscript published in the New England Journal of Medicine here.

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

I met with Dr Kathryn Lindley to talk about peripartum cardiomyopathy. Dr Lindley’s research and clinical focus is in this area, and really helped me understand this disease better. We review the risk factors, clinical manifestations, diagnostics and treatment considerations.

PCSK9 Inhibitors

I met with the director of the Health Systems Innovation Laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr Thomas Maddox, MD, and we talked about PCSK9 inhibitors. Where did the idea for these drugs come from, how effective are they, and why are they not used more in current practice?