Dr. William Roberts from the Baylor Cardiovascular Institute at Baylor University moderated the topic "Percutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation" with Drs. Robert Bonow from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Paul Grayburn from Baylor University participating.
The discussion focused primarily on:
(1) identifying patient candidates for operative aortic valve replacement or percutaneous transcatheter valve implantation,
(2) the use of MRI and echocardiography to distinguish valve types,
(3) surgical techniques including mini-sternotomy,
(4) the experience of interventional cardiologists and surgeons at large centers, and