Building a Protected PCI Program Webinar Discusses the Heart Team Approach

January 20, 2016

The webinar* entitled “Building a Protected PCI Program: The Heart Team Approach” highlights the development and use of the heart team to treat cardiac patients at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. The presenters are members of the Heart Team and include Dr. D. Lynn Morris, Chairman of Cardiology and Director of the Einstein Institute for Health and Vascular Health; Dr. Mark Anderson, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Dr. Salil Shah, Cardiothoracic Surgeon; and Dr. Alexandra Tuluca, Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Mary Tierney, Chief Content Officer for Cardiovascular Business introduces the topic and moderates audience questions.

The goal of the heart team is to provide each patient the best treatment option and the best opportunity for an excellent outcome. The heart team is a multidisciplinary team that includes interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, heart failure specialists, echocardiographers, anesthesiologists, ICU physicians and nurses, respiratory therapy, dietary and social services. The heart team meets weekly to discuss each patient and ask, “what is the best way to give this patient the best outcome with the least risk?” and develop a treatment plan for each patient.

The team is successful because all members of the heart team work together collaboratively, with mutual respect for each other and each member’s expertise. The heart team approach enables the Einstein Institute for Health and Vascular Health to treat high-risk patients and provide complete revascularization in a controlled, safe environment. Complete revascularization is the goal of treatment and is conducted with hemodynamic support provided by the Impella heart pump. The benefits of complete revascularization are decreased hospital stays; less repeat hospitalizations and fewer repeat interventions.

The webinar includes details of the development of Einstein’s heart team as well as critical information needed to start a high-risk program and develop a heart team. The detailed information includes the composition of the heart team, training and staff needs, physician and patient outcomes to measure, procedural data to collect, and fiscal metrics. The question and answer period provides additional details of the heart team and their approach to treating high-risk patients with complex coronary artery disease.

Listen to this informative webinar to learn about the heart team model, which aims to provide the best care to patients with the best outcomes.

*The webinar was produced by Cardiovascular Business. It is the first part of the series entitled “Building a Protected PCI Program” and is sponsored by Abiomed.


To learn more about the Impella® platform of heart pumps, including important risk and safety information associated with the use of the devices, please visit: www.protectedpci.com/indications-use-safety-information/

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