Published: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

National Heart Centre hosts international cardiac event




Experts from across the UK and the United States are meeting at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital – one of the UK's leading heart centres – to learn innovative techniques for opening blocked heart arteries.


Patients could benefit from being treated quicker and safer thanks to a new percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) technique which improves the chance of successfully re-opening blocked arteries.


American physicians Bill Lombardi and Tony Demartini will demonstrate the PCI technique during the Heart Centre's Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) summit, taking place on Thursday 9 June.


With the aid of the newly designed Cross-Boss and Stingray catheters, the surgeons can create a new channel in completely blocked arteries, before enabling blood to re-enter the original vessel.


Professor Keith Oldroyd, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee, said: "Chronic Total Occlusion requires complex treatment and, until recently, successful adoption of innovative techniques was limited.


"This new technique reduces the amount of time it takes to complete the procedure and also means that less radiation is used. All of this means that patients from across Scotland may also have a better clinical outcome in years to come."


Live sound and images of the procedure will be beamed from the Heart Centre's cardiac catheterisation laboratories (cath labs) to clinicians gathered in the adjoining Beardmore Centre for Health Science.


The remote audience will see the same high resolution imaging as those working in the lab, due to high bandwidth fibre optic connection and live two-way audio.


The high quality system means the expert audience can see everything that happens in the labs, and even participate in the procedure via the video link. This facility has made the Golden Jubilee a leading centre of learning new clinical techniques.


Professor Keith Oldroyd added: "Our world class teaching system will allow many more clinicians to learn these new techniques, giving patients the best possible treatment.


"The person demonstrating the procedure can challenge the audience about aspects of it in fine detail, while the audience can also question the procedure and respond to questions in a more meaningful and interactive way.


"We are extremely grateful to James Spratt, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, for all his help in organising this international conference."



Date of release: Wednesday 8 June 2011

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