Interventional cardiology, ISMETT plays a leading role in the national symposium

IRCCS ISMETT in Palermo will play a leading role in the joint symposium of the Interventional Cardiology Italian Society (GISE) and the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervention (EAPCI).

The Symposium will take place tomorrow, October 11, and is part of the 38th National Congress of the Italian Society of Interventional Cardiology, which starts today in Milan and involves the leading experts in this sector.

A transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) will be streamed live from ISMETT’s Hybrid Operating Room, one of the most modern ORs in Italy. TAVI is an innovative technique used for the implantation of a prosthesis in the aortic valve through a percutaneous arterial access. The procedure will be carried out on an elderly patient with severe aortic stenosis, and not eligible for a traditional surgical operation.

“Simplification of the procedure guarantees the best outcomes, with an immediate clinical benefit, rapid functional recovery, and reduced hospital stay,” explains Caterina Gandolfo, director of the Interventional Cardiology Unit at ISMETT. The procedure will be performed with a minimalistic (simplified) approach, mild sedation, and the HeartNavigator, a state-of-the-art system that, through a combination of CT and fluoroscopic images, allows optimization of the procedure and minimal use of contrast medium.

The Interventional Cardiology Unit works in synergy with ISMETT’s Cardiac Surgery and Heart Transplantation Unit, and is one of the Italian centers with the highest volume of TAVI implants, with excellent results in terms of procedure success and patient safety.