1. iMAGINE 2015: Focusing on the Role of the Heart Team in Heart Valve Disease


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    There have been dramatic advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease. iMAGINE 2015, set for Nov. 13-15, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, will bring together specialists from around the world – including imaging specialists, clinical cardiologists, surgeons, and interventional cardiologists – to emphasize the role of the heart team in clinical decision-making. Interactive case-based discussions will explore everyday clinical applications with a focus on surgical and transcatheter interventions. Learn more at piedmont.org/imagine

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    • Cardiac MRI in Valvular Heart Disease


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      Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is playing an increasing role in the management of valvular heart disease. Marcus Heart Valve Center cardiovascular imaging specialists Dr. Venkat Polsani and Dr. Randy Martin discuss two cases that highlight how MR imaging can be used as a planning tool for surgery, allowing high resolution images of the structure and function of the valves, hemodynamic information and volumetric analysis.

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      • Aortic Stenosis: Fifty Shades of Grey


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        “Aortic Stenosis: Fifty Shades of Grey”: Dr. Patrizio Lancellotti uses the pop culture reference as the title of his lecture to show the discrepancy between guidelines and clinical practice in assessing this common heart valve disease. He shares highlights from his talk with cardiologist Dr. Randy Martin at Piedmont’s Marcus Heart Valve Center in Atlanta. Dr. Lancellotti is professor of cardiology at the University of Liege in Belgium and chair-elect of the European Society of Cardiology’s Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease.

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        • Why Preoperative Diagnosis of LSVC is Important in Cardiac Surgery


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          The Marcus Heart Valve Center team discusses the case of a 51-year-old patient with severe mitral regurgitation and a rare vascular anomaly. “What we found interesting in this patient was that an angiogram showed no right superior vena cava and the left superior vena cava was draining into the coronary sinus,” says cardiac imaging specialist Dr. Venkat Polsani. Cardiac surgeon Dr. Fred Milla then explains how he approached the mitral repair surgery. Concludes cardiologist Dr. Randy Martin: “This is a great example of how excellence in imaging helps excellence in surgery, and helps the patient have a good outcome.”

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          • Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Procedure


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            Join the Marcus Heart Valve Center team as they discuss the selection criteria, technique, and outcomes of a transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve procedure. The 83-year-old patient had progressive heart failure due to marked degenerative changes with her mitral prosthetic valve and was too frail for redo mitral surgery. www.piedmont.org/valvelearning

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            • 3D TEE: A Closer Look at Imaging


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              3D Transesophageal Echocardiography (3D TEE) is allowing cardiologists to get a better view of the anatomy and pathology of valvular heart disease, serving as a road map for surgery and in the cath lab. At Piedmont Heart’s 3-D Echo 360 conference in Atlanta, Piedmont cardiologist Dr. Randy Martin and Dr. Sunil Mankad, a leading Mayo Clinic echocardiologist, discuss how 3D TEE is guiding mitral valve and tricuspid valve treatments. http://www.piedmont.org/valvelearning

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              • Role of 3D Imaging in Management of Mitral and Tricuspid Valve Disease


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                3D Echo is becoming an indispensable tool for cardiac surgeons. Dr. Roberto Lang from the University of Chicago, past president of the American Society of Echocardiography and a leader in 3D imaging education, discusses imaging of the mitral valve with Piedmont cardiologist Dr. Randy Martin at Piedmont Heart’s 3-D Echo 360 conference in Atlanta. http://www.piedmont.org/valvelearning

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                • The Role of Simulators in Medicine and the Status of Echocardiography in Clinical Practice


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                  Dr. Mike Picard, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of clinical echocardiography at Massachusetts General Hospital, talks with Piedmont cardiologist Dr. Randy Martin about training residents in a simulation lab and how colleagues at his hospital are using echocardiography. Their conversation at Piedmont Heart’s 3-D Echo 360 conference in Atlanta also covers how best to measure LV function and why RV function may no longer be the Achilles’ heel of echocardiography. http://www.piedmont.org/valvelearning

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                  • Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy vs. Primary Mitral Valve Problem: Which Is It?


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                    A 58-year-old long distance runner who began to experience shortness of breath and near syncope while jogging has now returned to the treadmill, thanks to a successful mitral valve repair at the Marcus Heart Valve Center. Piedmont cardiologist Dr. Randy Martin, cardiac surgeon Dr. Fred Milla and cardiologist Dr. Jyoti Sharma provide a behind-the-scenes look at the patient’s diagnosis and treatment path, including surgical footage from the mitral valve repair performed in partnership with Dr. David Adams from the Mitral Foundation. www.piedmont.org/valvelearning

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                    • 5 Questions About TAVR


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                      Minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become a growing option for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis. At Piedmont Heart’s 3-D Echo 360 Conference in Atlanta, Dr. Randy Martin of the Marcus Heart Valve Center asks Dr. Vivek Rajagopal, co-director of the transcatheter valve program at Marcus, and Dr. Scott Lim, medical director of the Advanced Cardiac Valve Center at the University of Virginia, about the current state of the technology and future projections; how TAVR is benefitting patients; and how to improve outcomes and control cost.

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