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11.03.2015

Miami Valves 2015 Highlights New Cardiac Intervention Techniques

Interventional cardiologists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and other leading institutions demonstrated the latest advances in minimally invasive treatments for damaged heart valves at Miami Valves 2015, a global conference held October 29-31 at The Alexander Resort on Miami Beach.

“There are many exciting developments in transcatheter valve replacement,” said Miami Valves course director Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Associate Dean for International Medicine, and Medical Director of the Atherosclerosis, Prevention and Treatment Center.

Transcatheter valve surgery involves the placement of a medical device into the damaged heart valve using a catheter inserted into an artery in the groin or leg. The interventional cardiologist then implants the device, which takes over the task of pumping blood through the valve.

“Recent studies have shown that transcatheter procedures for the aortic valve can be done safely and effectively with better outcomes for patients with a wide range of ages,” de Marchena said.

More than 160 cardiac specialists from around the world attended the Miller School’s tenth annual interventional cardiology conference, which included live videocasts of transcatheter procedures. In addition to U.S. attendees, Miami Valves 2015 drew physicians and researchers from China, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“The Miller School has been a leader in developing the technology for transcatheter valvular surgery,” said de Marchena, who has spent more than 20 years researching interventional techniques and training other physicians in the field. “My work involves finding new transcatheter treatments for the mitral valve, and the early results are promising. There are more cases of mitral valve disease than aortic valve so this is an important area for study. Our team is also looking for new ways to treat the tricuspid and the pneumatic valves.”

Miami Valves 2015 featured 26 abstracts from 19 authors on topics related to treatment of valvular heart disease. Program highlights included, “Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement A-Z,” “Edge to Edge Mitral Valve Repair,” “Novel Transcatheter Tricuspid Regurgitation Therapies” and “Transcatheter Therapies for Secondary Stroke Prevention.”

Offered through the Division of Continuing Medical Education, the conference had five co-course directors: Carlos Alfonso, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and Cardiology Fellowship Program Director, Mauricio Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Alexandre Ferreira, M.D., voluntary associate professor of medicine, Claudia Martinez, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine, and Pablo Rengifo-Moreno, M.D., a cardiology fellow. The three-day course was formerly called the Masters in Repair of Structural Heart Disease Conference.

A link to conference photos is available here.

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