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Tales from the Road – American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC

We just returned from the nation’s capital after three days of participation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 63rd Scientific Sessions. Based upon our numerous meetings and conversations with physicians and industry attendees, we thought this was a very successful event.

Our booth received a steady stream of visitors who expressed interest in Vasomedical’s current products and services. We also had the opportunity to speak to attendees about the direction our company is going to meet the future needs of healthcare markets globally.

Our live demonstrations of EECP Therapy attracted physicians who were on their way to poster presentations and program sessions, and even drew the attention of some on their way out of the convention center en route to enjoy visiting the many sights D.C. has to offer. In addition to EECP Therapy, there was significant interest in both our BIOX ambulatory ECG and blood pressure monitoring products and the new wireless vital signs monitoring products MobiCare™.

The EECP abstract presented on Saturday morning received good reviews from physicians who attended the presentation, many of which visited our booth afterward to learn more about our innovative therapy and the company. We made many new clinical as well as business development contacts at the show and we will be busy in the coming weeks following up with these folks.

Did you attend the ACC Scientific Sessions?  If so, what was the most interesting thing you saw, experienced or heard at the show? Email us at vaso@kcsa.com to let us know.

Tales from the Road: Thoughts After a Successful Show at the 2014 Arab Health Exhibition & Congress

We consider our exhibition at Arab Health last week to be one of our most successful tradeshows to date. This was largely accredited to our new Vasomedical exhibition booth and our strategic location at the show. The live demonstrations of EECP® Therapy generated large audiences and the booth’s visibility and new look were better at displaying our EECP Therapy and Biox patient monitoring products.

Attendees going to and from different exhibition halls, meetings and presentations stopped in our booth as they walked through the main concourse.  They wanted to know more about EECP® Therapy, the Biox ECG Holter and ambulatory blood pressure monitors, and our new wireless MobiCare® patient monitors. From the moment the exhibition halls opened to after the exhibit halls closed, our booth continued to stay busy.

At the show we spoke with an extensive number of physicians, distributors, hospital, and health ministry personnel from all of the countries in the Middle East and many different countries in Africa, as well as representatives from India during the four days of the exhibition.

Arab Health was a very successful meeting where we generated many leads, captivated lots of interest, and educated global medical industry leaders unfamiliar with EECP Therapy.  All the people we met in Dubai were warm and friendly and one gets the sense of being in a melting pot that is open to innovative medical technologies like EECP Therapy.

We look forward to working with many of the people we met at the show to bring our products to more patients in the Middle East region, Africa and Southeast Asia.

The Power of Love

Valentine’s Day is week away and this heart shaped holiday made us wonder – how do relationships impact one’s heart health? As you may or may not know your heart health is closely linked to one’s emotional health and we all know how important love can be when it comes to your mood.

A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology examined the role marriage plays in the likelihood of having a heart attack. The report found that single men were 58 to 66 percent more likely to have a heart attack, while single women upped their heart attack risk by 60 to 65 percent, compared to those who were in relationships.

According to Nicholas Ruggiero, MD, Director of Structural Heart Disease and Non-Coronary Interventions at Jefferson University Hospital:

“There have been a number of small studies that show that the brain chemicals that are stimulated when you’re in love have beneficial effects on your body and these chemicals lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, decrease stress, and allow you to think more clearly.”

“It’s been looked at multiple times, if you are in love and have a spouse, you do have a tendency to live longer – maybe because you take better care of each other or they exercise more regularly.”

As Valentine’s Day approaches, take time to value your relationships and the positive impact they have on your heart health. From all of us at Vasomedical, have a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!

Tales from the Heart: Heart House in Washington Township Edition

Across the country there are heart clinics and cardiologists dedicated to providing the best in EECP Therapy to patients who suffer from heart disease. This week, we wanted to shine the spotlight on Heart House in Washington Township and Dr. Scott Fertels, a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley, New Jersey.

Dr. Fertels witnessed remarkable patient progress as a result of undergoing treatment with EECP Therapy. He writes:

“One of our patients, an 82-year old gentleman with a history of coronary artery bypass and prior intracoronary stents was even able to go jogging without chest pain, fatigue or shortness of breath after completing his EECP treatment.”

EECP Therapy has changed lives. Dr. Fertels receives thank you letters all the time but one note he received from a 68-year old patient with advanced heart disease was particularly poignant:

“She wrote that prior to receiving EECP Therapy; she was constantly overwhelmed by fatigue and discomfort, unable to travel to the supermarket without needing to spend the entire day recovering in bed. After completing the entire EECP treatment protocol, her energy level was so improved that she decided to take a 300 mile trip to be with friends at her 50 year high school reunion.”

Dr. Fertels is an advocate for EECP Therapy because he has seen patient improvements with his own eyes.

There are many more heartwarming stories of recovery written every day, and we look forward to bringing them to you via the blog. If you have a story about EECP Therapy you’d like to share, please email us at: vaso@kcsa.com.

 

Group picture of world EECP experts

Tales from the Road: Vasomedical Visits China for Great Wall Conference

Our latest adventure took us to Beijing for the 24th Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology Asia Pacific Heart Congress 2013 – which was a full house!

The conference hosted more than 13,000 attendees from all over the world.  Not only were we pleased to participate at the conference as a whole, but during the big event, the 3rd International Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) Symposium was held.

The day was jam packed with the world’s leading experts sharing their research on EECP Therapy. The Symposium started off with a presentation from Dr. Richard Conti, the former President of the American College of Cardiology, followed by Dr. Ozlem Soran, Dr. William Lawson and Dr. Greg Barsness among many others.


One of the biggest stories to come out of this was the launch of the International EECP Society (IEECPS).  The Society will bring together physicians, researchers and other professionals involved in the study, research, application and provision of EECP Therapy. Dr. William E. Lawson, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Stony Brook University, New York, USA was elected as the Society’s first president and Dr. Guifu Wu, President and Director of the Fourth People’s Hospital of Shenzhen, China was elected as Vice President of the Society.

The 3rd EECP Symposium wrapped up the day’s events with a dinner, MC’d by Ning Xin, a noted sports anchor for CCTV in Beijing. The dinner started with the official launch of IEECPS, which prompted many cardiologists to sign up as members on the spot.

As for entertainment, there were five impersonators, who looked and sounded like China’s former government leaders. Each presented a speech in the respective leader’s style of speaking, to motivate people to be conscious of their heart health and talked about the benefits of EECP Therapy.

What Great Wall meeting would be complete without an actual visit to the Great Wall? An impromptu gathering of physicians, friends and family got together on the day after the meeting and took a day trip to Badaling, one of the Great Wall sites where visitors can climb the winding and challenging wall to its highest points.

It was a fun, successful event. We at Vasomedical are really excited that there is an official community of EECP Therapy advocates coming together to advance awareness and greater acceptance of this great treatment.

Summer

5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy in the Blazing Heat

The summer heat can be a threat to many people’s health, especially heart patients who may not know the precautionary measures to take to stay healthy throughout the summer.

Below we’ve pulled together five tips from the Vasomedical family on ways you can keep your heart healthy this time of year – and all year round!

1. Stay hydrated – don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. Thirst is a sign of dehydration and you shouldn’t wait until that point to hydrate. Also, decrease your consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages if possible, as those can actually dehydrate you.

2. Walk and partake in other low-intensity exercises – slow down your pace to give your heart a break when needed, as heat can induce greater stress on your heart.

3. Plan your activities around the heat – It is best to be active in the morning or evening. The sun is the most intense from noon to 4:00p.m. Go for an evening stroll after the sun sets, and reserve higher intensity activities for early morning or in the evening when temperatures drop.

4. Wear light color clothing – make sure to don breathable clothing (think: cotton) and fabrics that can absorb sweat and dry quickly. Lighter colors (white, pastels, etc.) will also help keep you cooler than navy or black, which will absorb the sun’s rays and heat you up.

5. Keep close tabs on your body watch for signs of heat related fatigue such as:

·      Headaches

·      Nausea or vomiting

·      Feeling dizzy

·      Abnormal breathing

If you experience any of these signs, slow down, look for a shady area and drink water to cool yourself off.

Heart patients should be extra cautious. If you are taking medications like beta-blockers and ace inhibitors you may be more prone to heat-related illness.

Protect yourself from the summer heat and have a fun, breezy, heart-healthy summer!