The prevalence of valvular heart disease is growing exponentially, primarily a result of our aging demographics. There has been an explosion in technologies to evaluate and treat patients with valvular dysfunction. There is a lack of knowledge related to the contemporary diagnostic studies that are required, the current recommendations on when to refer patients for surgical intervention and the latest standard surgical and less invasive therapies. Utilizing both a case-based and didactic approach, this program will review in-depth the echocardiographic CT and MRI evaluation and management of aortic and mitral valve dysfunction. The latest practice guidelines for the management of valvular disease will be reviewed. There will be extensive time devoted to interactive discussions with the faculty, and some of the more controversial/uncertain aspects of contemporary therapy will be explored in a debate format.
Didactic session with interactive case discussions and audience participation.
Attendees will answer questions during designated periods and complete an evaluation at the conclusion of the symposium.
Primary care physicians, cardiologists (Interventional, General), cardiothoracic surgeons, RNs and NPs.