Saturday, March 3, 2018

CRT 2018 got underway Saturday, March 3, with sessions featuring valve and structural heart, imaging, and left atrial appendage closure.

One of the first sessions concerned fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR). Moderators Justin E. Davis, MD, PhD, and Morton J. Kern, MD, MSCAI, led the discussion alongside presentations by Christopher Cook, MD, Justin Davies, MD, PhD, and William Fearon, MD. Topics of note included the development of and relationship between coronary flow reserve, FFR and iFR; the important role of physiology; and how to rethink ischemia in relation to FFR and iFR.

Another highlight was the Fellows Directors Symposium, moderated by Michael W. Coleman, MD, and William O. Suddath, MD. Directors of fellowship programs, including Tim A. Fischell, MD, FSCAI, Robert L. Wilensky, MD, and Paul Sorajja, MD, FSCAI, discussed the influential role that industry can play in opening education opportunities for fellows, the importance and pitfalls of research during fellowships, and how to build and prioritize skill sets and competencies.

Sunday, March 4, 2108

Dolvett Quince

During the Nurses & Technologists’ daylong program, the “Women & Heart Symposium – Interventional Cardiology: Prevention, Detection and Treatment” – took place, moderated by Cindy L. Grines, MD, FACC, FSCAI, medical school chair and academic chief of cardiology at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y.; Alice K. Jacobs, MD, FAHA, vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine at Boston Medical Center; and Roxana Mehran, director of interventional cardiovascular research and clinical trials at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. All of the panelists for the symposium were also women.

As part of the symposium, health and fitness guru Dolvett Quince took the stage to inspire and promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in his keynote lecture, “Reshape Your Mind, Body, & Future.”

His lecture focused on the power and importance of consistency. Although time may seem scarce for many, Quince urged anyone with a goal of becoming healthier to find time for what’s important.

Quince’s summarized his love of facing and overcoming new difficulties on the path of self-improvement by saying, “Fear is fuel; fear is fire.” He shared his own attempts to empower himself through new experiences.

After his keynote lecture, he joined the panelists to discuss how physicians can inspire their patients to live healthier personal lives. Using Quince’s lecture as a foundation, the panelists agreed that they themselves should find the time to live healthier lives so that they can speak to their patients from a place of authenticity and experience.

Donna Edwards

Edwards was the nightcap. She spoke during an evening symposium titled “Disparities in the World of Health Care and How to Close the Gap.”

Remarking that she is the keynote speaker before former President Barack Obama takes the stage Monday evening, Edwards said, “I remembered that, once, Prince was the opening act for the Rolling Stones.”

Edwards noted that her home, Prince George’s County, Md., near Washington, D.C., is 85% people of color and majority African-American and is one of the wealthiest minority communities in the U.S. But it is above regional norms on health measures such as obesity and low birth weight, and below averages on access to health care and access to healthy food.

She shared her personal story. Her first experience with health care was watching the difficulty her grandmother had with accessing quality care when she fell ill in a poor, rural county in North Carolina. Later, she had her own troubling experience when she ended up on the verge of filing personal bankruptcy after a cold ended up becoming pneumonia and the hospital bills mounted.

Edwards called on those attending CRT, along with policymakers, to consider the needs not only of the population that exists today, but that which will exist in the future, and is projected to be majority minority.

Monday, March 5, 2018

CRT 2018 All-Women Live Case

The all-women live case – the first of its kind at an interventional cardiology conference – was broadcast to CRT from Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY. Ron Waksman, MD, course chairman of CRT, said the performance of this case is important and unique.

“This is a milestone in live cases in interventional cardiology and beyond when you recognize the female gender can perform as well as, and even exceed, when it comes to performing and moderating live cases,” Waksman said. “I hope that this pinnacle event today will change the future participation of female interventional cardiologists in live cases.”

The operator was Annapoorna S. Kini, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Grines was the moderator. All of the panelists, as in the Women & Heart Symposium, were women.

This was followed by Women in Interventional Cardiology: Strong Position Interventional Cardiology, featuring another all-women panel. During this session, three female cardiologists spoke about cases they are proud of, and there was discussion about increasing the presence of women in interventional cardiology, as leaders of professional societies, and as participants in clinical trials.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Another CRT conference is in the books.

Cardiovascular Innovations

At the session “The Best Innovation for CRT 2018,” physicians presented their cutting-edge cardiovascular innovations.

Philippe Genereux, MD, gave two innovation presentations: the first on the Altavalve, and the second on the Saramas Early Bird Bleed Monitoring System.

After deliberation, the session judges awarded Genereux first place for his presentation, “A Novel Transcatheter MR Treatment Technology". Genereux’s innovation, the Altavalve, provides a new option for MR treatment with less risk of LVOT obstruction. Genereux was also awarded second place for the Saramas Early Bird Bleed Monitoring System.