For several years now, I’ve been advocating for expanded use of functional measurement, otherwise known as Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR), as a way of determining whether or not a blocked artery is actually causing ischemia. A new measurement, made possible by recent advances in computer technology, called iFR (instant wave-Free Ratio™) may provide the momentum that pushes this concept into mainstream cardiology. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: November 2011
While a number of the 12,000 attendees started leaving and catching planes to their home bases all over the world yesterday, some to Florida for the beginning of yet another major heart meeting, the AHA, and some who will be off next week to the Veith Symposium in New York, the real evidence that TCT is over for the year is this view of the Exhibit Area, taken moments ago: rugs rolled up, fork lifts rolling forward, hi-tech exhibits slid into wooden framed crates….
Next year, TCT will be held in Miami, Florida on October 22-26, 2012 and the following year will be back in San Francisco.
Today I saw hard statistical evidence that the transradial approach is growing exponentially in the U.S. This photo, taken this afternoon, during the half-day transradial symposium at TCT2011 says it all. 800 cardiologists were packed into room 104 of the Moscone Center in San Francisco to hear 5 hours of presentations and discussions on the transradial approach to diagnostic angiography, angioplasty and stent placement.
As transradial pioneer Dr. Tejas Patel said to me after the session, inadvertently doing a San Francisco shout-out, “It was a Full House!”
It was more than a full house, with doctors lined up against the back and side walls and, of course, people leaving and more coming in. Most likely, well over 1,000 cardiologists attended all or part of this session. Continue reading