Scottsdale Interventional Forum introduces breakthroughs in cardiovascular medicine
Feb. 6, 2018
From March 21-24, the Scottsdale Interventional Forum will showcase the latest and greatest discoveries in the world of cardiovascular health.
Traditionally, there was a competition between cardiologists and surgeons, according to Dr. David Rizik of HonorHealth, but now it has become a collaborative effort. Up until about a decade ago, the emphasis was on the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, Rizik says. Many heart surgeries would include weeks of recovery time in the hospital compared to days of recovery time now.
The management of cardiovascular disease used to include x-rays. Today, physicians like Dr. Robert Burke of Honor Health, can create a 3-D image of the heart in real time using ultrasounds. It’s a much less invasive measure to diagnose and manage diseases. It’s not just a gradual evolution, Burke says, but a revolution.
Among the advanced technology and clearer understanding came the realization that men and women have to be treated for heart diseases differently. Until 2000, cardiovascular medicine was based on studies only using men. Rizik says, in his opinion, understanding women’s heart issues is probably the greatest evolution and revolution in heart disease management.
How do you keep your heart healthy? First of all, put down the cigarette. Burke says the most simple, single measure people can do to protect their heart is to quit smoking. Exercise will also keep your heart healthy by protecting you from issues with your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, Burke says.