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Course Description

The management of patients with aortic valve disease is constantly evolving, highlighted by innovations in devices, surgical techniques, and imaging. In addition, guidelines, research studies and clinical trials are continually expanding the evidence base related to both management decisions and treatment outcomes from valve interventions, both transcatheter and surgical-implanted devices. These developments, in turn, have altered the clinical practice framework for approaching aortic valve disease quantification and treatments, resulting in some confusion regarding the optimal management strategies. This program is designed to bring together cardiologists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers to address the contemporary and future management of aortic valve disease and better define the role of transcatheter and surgical therapies. The course will emphasize case-based learning designed to engage learners in discussions, debates, and critical decision-making for this condition.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, practitioners will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the best practices for the assessment and treatment of patients with aortic valve disease.
  • Discuss the role of medical therapy for patients with aortic valve disease.
  • Describe strategies for treating uncommon developments associated with aortic valve disease including use of mechanical or bioprosthesis valves, valve reimplantation, and repair of bicuspid valves.
  • Summarize outcomes for transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) versus surgical aortic valve replacement in clinical trials of patients at low and intermediate risk for surgical complications.
  • Explain how recently presented results from clinical trials in lower surgical-risk patients, especially longer-term outcomes, are expanding the patient-eligibility criteria for TAVR.

Target Audience

This course is intended for cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, internists, nurses, physician assistants and all health care professionals involved in the evaluation, diagnosis and/or management of patients with aortic valve disease.