By Dr. Ross Feldman,
Medical Lead,
Cardiac Sciences Manitoba

September 27, 2021


Sals Star of the Week:  RJ Briz  (introduced by Kelly Lewington)

RJ Briz is a nurse working on the 6A Medicine/Cardiology unit (Orange and Red Zones). He graduated from nursing 2 years ago, doing his practicum on this unit.

The weekend of September 18 & 19th proved to be especially challenging for staffing. RJ, working 12 hour nights, spent time with the nursing supervisor looking at different possibilities for patient assignments and safe patient workloads. He exhibited exceptional critical thinking skills, calmness and a willingness to collaborate. The nursing supervisor, Mel Damm, commented on his valuable assistance in reaching decisions for staffing levels and safe patient care.

RJ is this week’s Sal’s Star of the Week, demonstrating the resilience and dedication so needed during this time of turbulence.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

A Sharma, H Aziz, S Verma, B L Abramson, R Choi, G L Chua, K A Connelly, G Honos, G B John Mancini, S A Ramer, E Swiggum, H Teoh, S Zieroth, L A Leiter  Permission to prescribe: do cardiologists need permission to prescribe diabetes medications that afford cardiovascular benefit?  Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021 Sep 1;36(5):672-681. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000892

M McDonald, S Virani, M Chan, A Ducharme, J A Ezekowitz, N Giannetti, G A Heckman, J G Howlett, S L Koshman, S Lepage, L Mielniczuk, G W Moe, E O’Meara, E Swiggum, M Toma, S Zieroth, K Anderson, S A Bray, B Clarke, A Cohen-Solal, M D’Astous, M Davis, S De, A D M Grant, A Grzeslo, J Heshka, S Keen, S Kouz, D Lee, F A Masoudi, R McKelvie, Marie-Claude Parent, S Poon, M Rajda, A Sharma, K Siatecki, K Storm, B Sussex, H Van Spall, A Ming Ching Yip CCS/CHFS Heart Failure Guidelines Update: Defining a New Pharmacologic Standard of Care for Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction Can J Cardiol 2021 Apr;37(4):531-546. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.01.017

M K Davis, N M Fine, G R Small 3, K Connolly, D Bosley, S Zieroth, S A Virani  Establishing a Cardiac Amyloidosis Clinic: A Practical Primer for Cardiologists  Can J Cardiol. 2021 Apr;37(4):674-678. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.01.015. Epub 2021 Jan 21.

A K Gupta, D Tomasoni, K Sidhu, M Metra, J A Ezekowitz Evidence-Based Management of Acute Heart Failure Can J Cardiol. 2021 Apr;37(4):621-631. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.01.002. Epub 2021 Jan 10.

W Yan, H R Muller Moran, I Zelentsov, R Eikelboom, C Lodewyks, J Strumpher, R C Arora Improving outcomes after low-risk coronary artery bypass grafting: understanding phase of care mortality analysis, failure to rescue and recent perioperative recommendations  Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021 Sep 1;36(5):644-651. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000896.

A N Cheema, B Yanagawa, S Verma, A Bagai, S Liu Myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary artery disease (MINOCA): a review of pathophysiology and management  Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021 Sep 1;36(5):589-596. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000886.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.