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Guidelines for Training & Maintenance of Competency

Interventional cardiology is a subspecialty of adult cardiology dedicated to the use and application of imaging-based diagnostic techniques and minimally invasive modalities for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Currently, interventional cardiologists must demonstrate expert knowledge of cardiac imaging, along with cardiovascular anatomy and the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. In addition, they must possess the technical skills required for the practice of interventional cardiology and be knowledgeable about new antiplatelet and antithrombotic drugs mandated for optimal patient care. The 2010 Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiologists Guidelines for Training and Maintenance of Competency in Adult Interventional Cardiology are the first such guidelines to be published in Canada. These guidelines should allow for more-fluid provision of high-quality interventional cardiology education, along with less geographic variation, resulting in more widespread high-level services to the population.

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CAIC-ACCI/CCS Joint Position Statement on Drug Eluting Stents

Recent reports of late stent thrombosis events following deployment of drug-eluting stents (DES) have raised concerns about their safety and role in the management of coronary artery disease. The Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society have carefully examined the available evidence, including the data presented at the recent Food and Drug Administration Circulatory System Devices Advisory Panel meeting. The purpose of the present statement is to summarize the available evidence relating to DES thrombosis and to provide practical recommendations regarding DES use and antiplatelet therapy.

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CAIC-ACCI Collaborations

CAIC-ACCI Collaborations

The CAIC-ACCI Executive has revived discussions with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) to explore potential partnerships and opportunities for our membership. Discussions remain ongoing, however three collaborations are outlined which may of interest.

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