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Personalized medicine coming to cardiovascular, stroke care

Several late-breaking clinical science presentations suggest that personalized medicine could bring the kind of improvement to cardiovascular and stroke outcomes that oncologists have been reporting for more than a decade. The combination of improved biomarkers and highly targeted therapeutic agents can help clinicians identify which patients are more likely to show robust response to specific treatments.

New blood pressure guidelines released

The American Heart Association, along with the American College of Cardiology and nine other associations, released the 2017 Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines on Monday, Nov. 13, during Scientific Sessions 2017. This marks the first time the guidelines have been updated since 2003 and the first reclassification of blood pressure since 1993.

Fogarty celebrates 50 years

On July 1, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed an Executive Order that established the John E. Fogarty International Center for the Advanced Study in the Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the Fogarty Center has grown to involve 5,000 scientists and impacts more than 100 countries.

HealthTech competition showcases innovations

The popular HealthTech competition returned to AHA Scientific Sessions 2017 on Monday, Nov. 13. Eight medical start-up companies demonstrated their products and services as they competed for the Judge’s Award and the Audience Choice Award. Each company presented to a panel of judges representing distinguished cardiologists, venture capitalists and industry thought leaders, as well as attendees in the Science & Technology Hall.

Simulation Zone offers hands-on learning

During AHA Scientific Sessions 2017, attendees were able to sharpen their skills via four hands-on demonstration areas in the Simulation Zone. Each of the areas focused on a different area of cardiac knowledge, skills and critical thinking.

Let the learning continue

Whether you missed a session, want to share a session with a colleague or if you simply want to listen to a presentation for a second time, Sessions OnDemand™ Premium is for you. This digital video library contains approximately 400 hours of presentations given at AHA Scientific Sessions 2017.

Opportunities abound in 2018

Learn the latest in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular science. Network with your peers. Explore related products and services. You can do this — and more — when you attend these American Heart Association/American Stroke Association conferences in 2018. Mark your calendar now. We’ll see you there!

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