Online Cardiology Days | Day 3 - October 28, 2021, 7:00 pm (CEST) / 1:00 pm (EDT)

Structural Heart Disease | Ultrasound/CT/Interventional Cardiology

Optimize Outcomes

The number of patients presenting for structural heart disease (SHD) treatments such as mitral valve repair or left atrial appendage closure is growing rapidly. For both surgical and transcatheter approaches, imaging plays a crucial role from preprocedural evaluation and device selection to treatment and follow-up. In this session, we’ll discuss current challenges and solutions to optimize patient outcomes in SHD interventions.

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  • Implementation of Modern Ultrasound in Clinical Practice - Prof. Michel Zuber
  • The Expanding Role of CT in Structural Heart Disease - Prof. Klaus Kofoed
  • Optimizing Structural Heart Disease Interventions: Towards Minimally Invasive Treatment - Dr. Masahiko Asami
  • Live Q&A

Why should you attend?
  1. Learn from the experts how they apply multimodality imaging approaches to optimize procedural success and clinical outcomes in Structural Heart Disease interventions
  2. Learn about the latest innovations in mitral valve therapy and left atrial appendage closure


Moderator: Prof. Ole De Backer MD, PhD.
Interventional Cardiologist
Rigshospitalet University Hospital
Copenhagen, Denmark,

Prof. Dr. Ole De Backer is an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist working at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark and is an expert in structural heart interventions (among others transcatheter heart interventions, percutaneous left atrial appendage closure and thoracic endovascular aortic repair). He is actively involved and leading several research projects in the field of transcatheter heart valves and percutaneous left atrial appendage closure.

Speaker: Prof. Michel Zuber, MD
Senior consultant in cardiology
Canton Hospital Aarau, Aarau and own ambulatory clinic in Othmarsingen
Aarau, Switzerland

Michel Zuber is professor in cardiology at the University Hospital of Basel Switzerland in 2009. He was working as a senior consultant in cardiology from 1991 to 2014 in canton hospital Lucerne, Switzerland, from 2014 to 2020 as senior consultant in cardiology and heart surgery in the University Hospital of Zürich and since then as a senior consultant in cardiology in canton hospital Aarau, Switzerland. Since 1991 to now he runs a privat ambulatory practice in Othmarsingen, Switzerland in addition. In 2005 he became FESC. He introduced TOE in Switzerland 1988, then stressecho, 3D echocardiography and was actively involved in introducing interventional echocardiography, performing interventions in all different valvular and shunt lesions. He was organizing a traditional yearly echo meeting in Switzerland since 1991 with more than 500 attendees in the last course in 2021. He was chair of the working group of echocardiography of the Swiss Society of Cardiology and is still member of the board of Swiss Society of Cardiology.

Presentation title: Implementation of Modern Ultrasound in Clinical Practice
Ultrasound in cardiology is the most used diagnostic tool to get information on the condition of the heart. The important role modern ultrasound plays nowadays in investigating the cause of patients’ discomfort is crucial. Using this non-invasive technique fast, easy and reliable helps to make the right decision for the next step. Prof. Zuber will show a case of a 50 year old patient who was sent to his office by the GP. The patient suffers on an exercise intolerance since one year without having CAD risk factors. One of the investigations done on this patient was an echo, which will be discussed during this webinar. Prof. Zuber will also share his long-time experience using ultrasound and what more we can do nowadays with all the modern techniques using AI based technologies

Speaker: Prof. Klaus Fuglsang Kofoed, MD, PhD
Cardiologist, Director Cardiac Research Unit
Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof. Klaus F. Kofoed is a licensed specialist in cardiology and internal medicine from Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has comprehensive clinical and research experience in the field of cardiac imaging, including cardiac CT, positron emission tomography and echocardiography. His most recent research focus on the clinical use of cardiac CT in patients with chest pain and in patients undergoing TAVR. He is the head of the Cardiac CT research Unit, Rigshospitalet and a scientific tutor of several PhD and medical students. Furthermore, he is the principle investigator of the Copenhagen General Population CT Substudy.

Presentation Title: The Expanding Role of CT in Structural Heart Disease
In structural heart disease (SHD) interventions, cardiac CT is increasingly used in pre- and postprocedural evaluations. While the technique has been broadly implemented for transcatheter aortic valve implantations, CT may also become an essential tool in the setting of other interventions such as transcatheter mitral valve therapies and left atrial appendage closure. During his presentation, Dr Kofoed will discuss what measures can be derived with novel (4D) CT techniques to complement the procedural workup for emerging minimally invasive SHD therapies.

Speaker: Dr. Masahiko Asami, MD
Mitsui Memorial Hospital
Chief Physician, Division of Cardiology
Tokyo, Japan

Masahiko Asami, MD, FESC, FACC, currently is a Interventional Cardiologist at Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Tokyo, Japan since November 2018. Dr. Asami specializes in structural heart disease (SHD) which is a collection of heart diseases that includes heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and congenital heart disease. He has over 52 peer-reviewed publications regarding the subject matter, previously he performed a LIVE TAVI demonstration focused on patient benefits and setting-up for superior long-term outcomes, from Swiss Cardiovascular Centre, Bern University Hospital - Bern, Switzerland.

Presentation Title: Optimizing SHD Interventions: Towards Minimally Invasive Treatment
A complex clinical TAVI case will be presented during this practical tips & tricks session.
Intervention for structural heart disease has been rapidly evolved and it has been in the process of replacing a position of a standard-therapy from conventional one in a higher surgical risk population due to its less invasive approach. In SHD therapy preprocedural imaging assessments using CT, echocardiography, and so on are extremely important for practicing minimally invasive therapy. Good use of preprocedural imaging tools may make minimally invasive therapy less invasive. In my presentation, a complex TAVI case that I performed at our institution is presented. Furthermore, through the case, I am going to illustrate how to use and interpret pre-TAVI CT scans and intra-operable TEE clips and how to overcome the complicated case which you may encounter in daily clinical practice by means of Japanese style techniques. Don't miss it!

Scientific Evidence: Structural Heart Disease

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Kitano et al. | Accuracy and reliability of novel semi-automated two-dimensional layer specific speckle tracking software for quantifying left ventricular volumes and function | PLoS One. (2019)

De Boeck et al. | Altered left ventricular geometry and torsional mechanics in high altitude-induced pulmonary hypertension: a three dimensional echocardiographic study | Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (2018)


Mata-Mbemba et al. | 320-row CT transcatheter aortic valve replacement planning with a single reduced contrast media bolus injection | PLoS ONE | (2018)

Shnayien et al. | Radiation Dose Reduction in Preprocedural CT Imaging for TAVI/TAVR Using a Novel 3-Phase Protocol: A Single Institution’s Experience | Heart | (2020)

Interventional Cardiology

Veillet-Chowdhury | Challenging Left Atrial Appendage Closure Using Intraprocedural Cardiac CT Guidance | JACC Cardiovasc Interv (2020)
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