Russian interventional cardiologists
Real experience and new opportunities
The 3rd Russian Congress of Interventional Cardio-angiology, held in Moscow in March, showed a manifold increase in the number of diagnostic and therapeutic endovascular procedures on the heart and vessels; a significant improvement in their quality, and highlighted the opening of new Russian centres providing high-tech medical care.
The Congress’ organisers aimed at a broader introduction of new interventional cardiology achievements into clinical practice and at the establishment of closer contacts with foreign colleagues to reduce a certain isolation of our interventional cardiologists from the rest of the world.
One of the main plenary lectures of the foreign specialists was devoted to the problem of selection of drug-eluting stents (Dr David Holmes). Cardiologist Kostas Spargias (Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, Greece) reported on that very complicated area in the modern cardiology – bifurcation lesion interventions. Most of these vessels (about 8-15% of PCI in leading centres) are complex (type C on ACC/AHA class) and require the use of more devices. He described the use of drug-eluting balloons and their potential in bifurcation.
At the end of the congress, the Russian Scientific Society of Interventional Cardiologists announced new, active Board Members.
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