The world’s largest and most important educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine, the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Conference, featured dozens of NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center doctors, PAs, RNs, and other health care professionals. Gregg W. Stone, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education, NYP/Columbia, was this year’s codirector of the TCT Conference, which was held in Miami, FL, on October 22-26 and drew 12,000 attendees from 70-plus countries.

The conference included key trial presentations that might sound like a foreign language to lay people. NYP/Columbia surgeons presented on such topics as:

  • Randomized PARTNER (Placement Of Aortic Transcatheter Valve Trial) 2A Trial, Martin B. Leon, MD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Director, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy
  • CTSN (Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network) Trials, Michael Argenziano, MD, Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • An Overview of TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) Complications from a Meta-analysis Using VARC Definitions, Philippe Genereux, MD
  • TCT-7. Plaque Excision as a Treatment Option for Critical Limb Ischemia: 1-Year Results of the DEFINITIVE LE Study, James McKinsey, MD, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery

Other presentations were more straightforward. Allan Stewart, MD, Director, Aortic Surgery Program, for example, discussed Is Aortic Valve Repair Superior to Replacement? and Emile Bacha, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, described The Role of Hybrid Procedures in Congenital Heart Surgery. Dr. Leon addressed The Elderly Patient: Better Treatment in the United States or Europe? while Is Off-Pump Ever the Right Choice? was the provocative title for part of Columbia’s Innovative Surgical Techniques and Technologies session by Craig Smith, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery. Allan Schwartz, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology, spoke about the important Changing Perspectives in Aortic Stenosis: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

Additional NYP/Columbia speakers, among many others, included Ozgen Dogan, MD, Andrew J. Einstein, MD, PhD, Philip Green, MD, Kishore J. Harjai, MD, Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, Susheel Kodali, MD, and Jeffrey W. Moses, MD, Director, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy.

The conference offers participants comprehensive, international snapshot of all things heart-related. Although it’s difficult to pick out a few highlights from the hundreds of subjects, the following certainly merit attention:

  • PFO Closure In Respect And PC Trial: Both Trials Missed Their Primary End Points
  • Fame II: FFR-Guided PCI Is Cost-Effective
  • Advance: TAVI Mortality With Corevalve Still Falling
  • TAVR: TAVR Experiences Identifying Risks For Stroke, Lbbb, And Perivalvular Leak
  • Trilogy-Acs: Prasugrel Bests Clopidogrel In Trilogy-Acs Angiography Cohort
  • Dessolve I and II: Positive Results With Bioabsorbable Polymer-Based Ses
  • Partner B: Comorbidities Influence Three-Year Survival With Sapien Tavi
  • Adapt-Des: Low Response To Clopidogrel Does Not Increase Mortality Risk
  • Post: Ischemic conditioning after PCI shows no benefit in STEMI patients


Marathon in NYC

On November 4, Nicholas J. Morrissey, MD and Allan Stewart, MD will be running with Team Heartosaurus in the 2012 ING NYC Marathon. They will be running with former heart patients, fellow doctors, nurses, and other team members who are honoring friends or loved ones with heart disease or who have passed on due to heart disease.

Raising money for the American Heart Association, Team Heartosaurus is a community driven effort to increase awareness of heart disease. Together, their goal is to inspire healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“Benjamin Carey and I created Heartosaurus two years ago to raise awareness for aortic dissection,” says Dr. Stewart. “The first time we did the marathon together, it was because Ben wanted medical support during the race! Now we have expanded the team to include several more heart patients both as runners and financial supporters. In addition, we welcomed Dr. Morrissey and his patients to expand our mission to one of heart healthy living.”

What does it mean to be a Heartosaurus?


Are you a Heartosaurus?

“We all believe that exercise is an essential piece of cardiovascular wellness,” remarks Dr. Stewart. “We hope to preach our beliefs with our actions not just our words. I am so blessed to watch my former patients live the life they have imagined, while recovering from major open heart surgery!”

To show your support and help Dr. Morrisey, Dr. Stewart, and the rest of Team Heartosaurus, please visit their donation page.


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