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Heart Valve Symposium

By Kristin Pasquarello, MPAS, PA-C

Administrative Director, St. Francis Hospital Heart Valve Center 

On Saturday April 13, 2019 the staff of the John Brancaccio Heart Valve Center at St. Francis Hospital hosted the Second Annual Heart Valve Symposium at St. Francis Hospital's De Matteis Center in Greenvale, NY.  The sold-out Symposium hosted close to 200 attendees, which included physicians, advanced practice professionals, nurses and technologists. A variety of topics were discussed including the history of TAVR, cardiac imaging, Mitraclip, the St. Francis Heart Valve Center, which has been recognized as a Center of Excellence; as well as new innovative technologies such as transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve replacements.  

Structural heart procedures such as TAVR, Mitraclip and TMVR were introduced as clinical trials at St Francis Hospital under the direction of Dr Petrossian and Robinson (TAVR/TMVR) and Dr Andrew Berke for Mitraclip who acted as Principal Investigators. The dedication of the Investigators and research team paved the way for FDA approval of these device and therapies to help treat patients with structural heart disease. 

Two live cases from the St. Francis Hospital Hybrid OR were performed and transmitted to the Symposium attendees. The live cases included a TMVR ( transcatheter mitral valve replacement) with an Edwards Sapien valve in a failed bioprosthetic mitral valve was performed by Drs. Petrossian and Robinson. The second live case, performed by Drs. Berke and Robinson involved a TAVR with a Medtronic Evolut valve in a 95 year old active man. This patient recently underwent a AAA repair at St. Francis Hospital prior to his TAVR procedure. The live stream to the DeMatteis Center was commentated by our expert panelists and moderators.  Both cases were a success and most importantly, the patients are doing GREAT!