Originally established in 2000 as a fall meeting, organizers moved the meeting ahead of hurricane season in 2009 to try and prevent any further weather related disruptions. NCVH annually draws thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibiting industry sponsors, with Course Director Craig M. Walker, M.D., optimistic that the meeting will continue to grow in both size and scope in future years.
New techniques, screening and patient management will be areas of focus at NCVH 2010. “We want to increase the awareness of PAD and common risk factors that are overlooked,”
NCVH focuses on the entire team involved in all aspects of cardiovascular interventions including cardiologists, primary care physicians, cath lab technologists, podiatrists, nurses, physical therapists and wound care specialists. “We bring all of the specialties that care for patients with peripheral artery disease together to find new ways to treat this common and lethal disease,” said Dr. Walker. “It is important to globally assess and provide the best patient care from the very beginning. A high percentage of patients do not need amputation, rather only some type of medical management and wound care.”
Highlights of the meeting’s program, which will be released in mid-March, will include:
• 6th Annual International Critical Limb Ischemia Summit – “We will be looking at new ways that can save limbs, including surgical, interventional, wound care and weight unloading techniques,”
• Access Forum highlighting new techniques and procedures, including a transpedal access, transcollateral access and popliteal arch reconstruction. “We will be focusing on unusual access which is sometimes the most difficult part of an interventional procedure, and access closure,” said Dr. Walker.
• Keynote Address on healthcare reform presented by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
• Presentation of the NCVH Achievement Award to Gregg Stone, M.D., Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapies at Columbia University Medical Center, and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
• Live case demonstrations in complex interventional techniques broadcast from around the world, including Leipzig, Germany, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and Louisiana.
• Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for physicians, CPME credits for podiatrists, CNE credits for nurses, AAFP prescribed credits for family practice physicians, ASRT credits for cath lab technologists, PT credits for physical therapists and CEU credits for allied health professionals.
Abstracts are being accepted through April 30. For more information on the submission process, please visit www.ncvhonline.com/
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New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) is attended by more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, allied professionals and industry professionals from around the world. The meeting takes a multidisciplinary approach to limb salvage and amputation prevention techniques, offering comprehensive educational programs for each specialty. Live limb-salvage case demonstrations are an integral part of the meeting. NCVH is presented by the South Louisiana Clinical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The meeting will be held June 2 – 5, 2010, at the Roosevelt Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit www.ncvhonline.com.