Collaborative Approach to Cardiac Care Benefits Complex Patients

The team approach to caring for patients with heart disease can be controversial, but it has become essential in treating today’s patients, who often have multiple comorbidities and can present unique challenges.

Vinod H. Thourani, MD

A multidisciplinary “heart team” would be best positioned to assess these patients and collectively work together to find the most effective treatment algorithm, according to Vinod H. Thourani, MD, from MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Clinical Scenarios: Cardiologists and Surgeons Working Together

Monday, January 29
1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom B-C

“When they come together, cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and echocardiographers are able to provide a multitude of options for these patients, including traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and transcatheter techniques,” Dr. Thourani said.

In this afternoon’s Clinical Scenarios: Cardiologists and Surgeons Working Together, speakers will highlight the critical need for a true, collaborative heart team approach in treating mitral stenosis and regurgitation, tricuspid regurgitation, aortic stenosis and regurgitation, and surgical management of heart failure via case presentations, invited lectures, technical videos, and panel discussions.

The discussions will offer insight into how the multidisciplinary approach can improve patient outcomes and foster communication among specialties.

Dr. Thourani hopes attendees will be inspired to consider new interventional treatments and collaborative approaches.

“We would like to open the minds of practicing surgeons and help broaden the array of treatments that they can offer their patients,” he said.