Megan Tooley, Cardiovascular Roundtable
The Roundtable recently received a number of member requests regarding the viability of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) programs without on-site cardiac surgery. In addition to the latest literature comparing clinical outcomes between programs with and without surgical backup, there are number of other important factors CV leaders must take into account before pursuing this strategy.
Members of the Roundtable may access a summary below of the most recent clinical findings on PCI without surgical backup, as well as other programmatic implications to consider before starting a PCI program.
Should you pursue a PCI program without surgical backup?
Nicole MacMillan, Cardiovascular Roundtable
As our colleagues in Technology Insights reported in their 2012 Heart Rhythm Society conference round-up, one recent advance in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) has the potential to revolutionize treatment of the disease.
Presented as late-breaking trial results at the HRS meeting, and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in late July, the results of the Conventional Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation With or Without Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (CONFIRM) Trial show great promise for revolutionizing AF treatment.
FIRM approach differs from traditional PVI ablation
FIRM ablation refers to the process of targeting physiologic factors (namely, rotors and focal impulses) to uncover the root cause of AF, whereas traditional approaches to AF ablation have been anatomical, focusing on the amount of power needed to ablate a particular area in a given patient.
FIRM-guided ablation: The next big thing for AF?
We've recently received numerous requests from our membership looking for information on anticipated trends for CABG and valve procedures.
Read on to learn more our current forecasts for these procedures, as well as some insights on the productivity and practice portfolio of today’s cardiac surgeons.
Cardiac surgery volume projections: CABG to decline 3% over next five years