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Although dual antiplatelet therapy is well documented to reduce ischemic complications in patients with ACS, it is underused within the first 24 hours after hospitalization. This puts ACS patients at greater risk of atherothrombotic complications, including death. Newly approved and emerging antiplatelet agents promise to improve clinical outcomes of ACS patients. However, a gap exists between current practice in the acute management of ACS patients, and the level of physician understanding of new and emerging therapies that have the potential to improve patient outcomes. Physicians who treat ACS patients need to keep abreast of the latest clinical trial results and incorporate these insights into their clinical practices to provide optimum management of ACS patients.
Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI
Chief of Cardiology, VA Boston Healthcare System
Director, Integrated Interventional Cardiovascular Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital &
VA Boston Healthcare System
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Investigator, TIMI Study Group
Deepak L. Bhatt MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI is Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System and Director of the Integrated Interventional Cardiovascular Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare System. He is also a Senior Investigator in the TIMI Study Group and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
After graduating as valedictorian from the Boston Latin School, Dr. Bhatt obtained his undergraduate science degree as a National Merit Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while also serving as a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical doctorate from Cornell University. He completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in clinical effectiveness at Harvard University. His internship and residency in internal medicine were performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and his cardiovascular training was completed at the Cleveland Clinic. He also completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and cerebral and peripheral vascular intervention, as well as serving as Chief Interventional Fellow, at the Cleveland Clinic where he went on to spend several years as an interventional cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine. He served for many years as the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship and as Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship. He also served as the Associate Director of the Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center. Dr. Bhatt was listed in Best Doctors in America in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Dr. Bhatt’s research interests include preventive cardiology, as well as the optimal management of patients with acute coronary syndromes. He also has research interests in advanced techniques in cardiac, cerebral, and peripheral intervention. He has authored or co-authored more than 500 publications. He is on several editorial boards. He is the editor of Essential Concepts in Cardiovascular Intervention and Guide to Peripheral and Cerebrovascular Intervention, as well as co-editor of the Handbook of Acute Coronary Syndromes. He was the international principal investigator for the CHARISMA and CRESCENDO trials and co-principal investigator of the CHAMPION and COGENT trials. He serves as the co-chair of the REACH registry. He is also on the steering committees of several trials. He is the current Chair of the AHA-GWTG Science Subcommittee. He is the Associate Editor for clinical trials for the ACC’s Cardiosource. Dr. Bhatt has been a visiting lecturer at a number of prestigious institutions throughout the world. He has been interviewed extensively by news agencies on topics ranging from premature coronary artery disease to the role of inflammation and genetics in heart attacks.
Charles V. Pollack Jr., MA, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA
Professor and Chairman
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Charles V. Pollack Jr., MA, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. From 1992-2001, Dr. Pollack served in various positions in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, an urban, tertiary care teaching hospital affiliated with the Medical College of the University of Arizona and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He was Research Director from 1994 to 2000, and he chaired the department from 1997 to 2001. From 2000 to mid-2001, Dr. Pollack was also Director of Emergency Medicine at Arizona Heart Hospital. He graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in history and chemistry and a master’s degree in the history of science and medicine, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Pollack earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Pollack has long been active in teaching and clinical research and is an international leader in emergency medicine. He is the only physician to have received the American College of Emergency Physicians’ highest national awards in both teaching and research; he also received the national teaching award from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. His primary research interests are in the management of thrombosis, both arterial (especially acute coronary syndrome) and venous (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism); severe hypertension; and infectious disease emergencies. He has written more than 350 original research articles, chapters, and abstracts, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals and on the steering committees of multiple national and international trials. Dr. Pollack also lectures widely on many varied topics in emergency medicine.
This program is intended for internal medicine physicians, interventional cardiologists, emergency room physicians, cath lab personnel, hospitalists, pharmacists, and other clinicians who treat patients with ACS.
This program is designed to address the following IOM competencies: provide patient-centered care and employ evidence-based practice.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Adopt ischemic risk assessment stratification strategies to best evaluate patients with chest pain syndrome
- Assess and stratify bleeding risk after antithrombotic treatment is initiated
- Make treatment choices based on an understanding of the different mechanisms of action among antithrombotic agents, and on pertinent clinical trial results
- Analyze pharmacologic and clinical trial results of newer antithrombotic agents to anticipate how they may impact standards of care of ACS patients
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Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI: Principal Investigator: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Sanofi-Aventis, The Medicines Company
Charles V. Pollack Jr., MA, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA: Consultant: Sanofi-Aventis, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Speaker: Bristol-Myers Squibb; Researcher: Sanofi-Aventis
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