Nassir Azimi MD FACC FSCAI

The passing of the Affordable Care Act and its sloppy implementation has made it an easy political target | Read More

By Nassir Azimi, MD, FACC, FSCAIIf we applied traffic rules as we have applied the cholesterol guidelines in the past, a police officer pulling over someone for not wearing seat belts would only be able to ticket them if they had a previous accident. In clinical practice, if somebody had risk factors but had not yet manifest CAD or CAD risk equivalent an LDL of 130 was acceptable. However, the day he or she had a heart attack or stroke, goal LDL would fall to 70. Thus, we only became aggressive after the fact. | Read More

It is an exciting time to be in interventional cardiology. We have come a long way from being diagnosticians performing diagnostic angiograms to being able to literally save lives during acute myocardial infarction with percutaneous coronary interventions. We began with plain old balloon angioplasty. We moved onto bare metal stents. We developed the Cypher drug eluting stent with excellent results in reducing in-stent restenosis. We have now the Ion Element, the Xience Expedition and the Resolute drug eluting stents. These are some of the most deliverable stents in the coronaries. | Read More