Newest Devices and Techniques for Opening Arterial Blockages to Be Highlighted at Annual Coronary and Vascular Symposium

The symposium will take place at Mount Sinai from Wednesday, June 13 to Saturday, June 16.

New York
 – June 12, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

The most advanced equipment and procedures for opening occluded and calcified arteries, along with left main and bifurcation blockages, will be explored in-depth from Wednesday, June 13 to Saturday, June 16 at the 15th Annual Live Symposium of Complex Coronary and Cardiovascular Cases at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.  Detailed information is online at

Hosted by Mount Sinai Heart, the symposium will present a multi-device approach to revascularization of patients with complex coronary and cardiovascular disease.  The symposium is also designed to help practicing clinicians weigh the issues of patient experience and cost-effectiveness in regards to a new technologies or techniques, in order to make decisions about incorporating these into their daily practices.

"The field of interventional cardiology continually evolves, with rapid growth of established and new technology supplemented constantly by the results of the latest randomized trials and registries," said symposium co-director Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology at Mount Sinai Heart. "As practicing interventionalists, we must continually make changes to appropriately treat coronary, valvular, and peripheral vascular disease based on the available devices, therapy and trial results. Hence, we need to participate in continuing educational activities to remain current."

This year’s event will include a dedicated one-day vascular symposium on June 15th, the format of which will be similar to the coronary symposium with live cases and didactic discussion. Various novel interventional devices such as transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI/TAVR) and renal artery denervation, and newer techniques such as retrograde CTO recanalization and dedicated bifurcation stenting, will be demonstrated using live case presentations as platform for discussion by the operators, panelists, and audience.

The program is complemented by commentary of live cases by world renowned experts and discussions intended to bring out general consensus regarding the most effective and appropriate strategies to apply in clinical practice.  In addition, live case studies will be supplemented by updates on common topics of controversy in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

The event will begin Wednesday, June 13 at 8 am with an all-day Nurse/Technologist symposium for cardiac nurses and technicians. The coronary symposium will take place Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15, and begin with "Top Ten Advances of Interventional Cardiology 2011," presented by Dr. Sharma.  The two-day coronary symposium will include 20 live case presentations. A vascular symposium will take place Friday, June 15, and include six live case presentations.

The 15th Annual Live Symposium of Complex Coronary and Cardiovascular Cases is presented by The Zena and Michael A. Weiner Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health of Mount Sinai.  The event is sponsored by The Page and William Black Post-Graduate School of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  


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