More than 1,100 interventional cardiac and vascular specialists participated in Mount Sinai Heart’s 16th Annual 2013 Live Symposium of Complex Coronary, Valvular, and Vascular Cases held from Tuesday, June 11, to Friday, June 14. It was the largest number of attendees in the event’s history and included cardiologists, vascular surgeons, radiologists, fellows, nurses, technicians, and other allied health care professionals from cardiac catheterization and vascular laboratories around the globe.
The four-day event featured 28 live broadcasts of cardiac procedures, as well as expert presentations and panel discussions on the latest advances and treatment approaches for complex coronary and cardiovascular disease.“Our goal is to educate, especially because the field of interventional cardiology is constantly evolving,” says Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology and the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Professor of Medicine, who headed the symposium with Annapoorna S. Kini, MD, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and Prakash Krishnan, MD, Director of Endovascular Intervention in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Added Dr. Sharma: “Together, we must continue to drive innovation and further advance the treatment of coronary, valvular, and peripheral vascular disease in an effort to achieve the safest outcomes for all patients.”
Individual symposium days were dedicated to endovascular intervention, coronary intervention, structural heart disease, and nursing.
“Interventional cardiology is a true team effort. It is vital that physicians, nurses, and others in the field maintain current evidence-based protocols to offer the most optimal care to our patients,” says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President of Clinical Operations for Mount Sinai Heart, who directed the special one-day symposium for nurses and technologists along with Antonietta Tolentino, MSN, ANP-C.
New to this year’s event was the use of interactive handheld devices, which allowed participants to answer survey questions from presenters. The symposium also featured a special real-time broadcast of an interventional procedure from Mumbai, India, which showcased the use of novel bioabsorbable
drug-eluting stents. These stents, approved for use in other countries, are currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States, including at Mount Sinai.
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