November 14th, 2011
What’s Up, Interventionally?
Several Cardiology Fellows who are attending AHA.11 this week are blogging together on CardioExchange. The Fellows include Revathi Balakrishnan, Eiman Jahangir, John Ryan (moderator), and Amit Shah. Read the previous post here. Check back often to learn about the biggest buzz in Orlando.
This morning, Martin Leon gave an exciting talk, “The Future is Now in Coronary Intervention.”He discussed stent technology, the expanding role of interventional cardiologist, and procedures that are currently under study. The most interesting is the possibility to perform angiography to improve erectile dysfunction. The ZEN trial is currently looking at using stents to improve arterial flow; in a small sample of patients (approximately 30), erectile dysfunction improved by 60% at 3 months. For a future interventionalist, this is another exciting new procedure to learn. We can add ED angiography to the already long list of potential procedures, including aortic valve placements and renal nerve denervation.
What emerging interventional procedure do you find most intriguing?