Clinical news updates from the 2004 AHA Scientific Sessions

The American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions comprise the largest meeting of its kind held in the cardiovascular field, with several thousand presentations given each year. The recently concluded 2004 AHA Scientific Sessions, which took place in New Orleans, included presentations of trials that evaluated potential therapeutic compounds, as well as widely used and accepted compounds in new dosages or combinations, for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. The compilation of clinical news that follows focuses on the cardiovascular pharmacotherapy trials of greatest interest to formulary decision-makers, including: CREATE, PEACE, A-HeFT, PROTECT, CLEAR Platelets, DIPOM, GEMINI, SHIELD, and RIO-NA.