National Advanced Cardiovascular Interventional Meeting


On Wednesday 21 January 2015 staff from the Trust were involved in the “Live Cases” transmission to the prestigious National Advanced Cardiovascular Interventional meeting in London.

The Trust was one of 4 National centres chosen to broadcast 2 complex Cardiovascular Interventions to the main arena in London where an audience of over 1,000 delegates attended. The use of modern AV technology allowed for immediate feedback and interaction with the faculty in London. We are indebted to the IT service group within the Trust for working so hard to enable the transmission run so smoothly.

On the morning of Wednesday 21 January Dr Simon Walsh and Dr Colm Hanratty performed a complex coronary intervention on a patient with a totally blocked coronary artery (Chronic Total Occlusion). The Belfast Trust Team have developed an expertise in opening up occluded coronary arteries over the last few years. The case was moderated by Professor David Foley from the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. The case was performed successfully and the patient was able to leave hospital the following day with complete coronary blood flow restored.

In the afternoon the Structural Heart team of Dr Mark Spence, Dr Colum Owens and Dr Chris Lockhart performed a complex structural heart procedure. The team were successful in deploying a device to significantly reduce the chances of this patient having a stroke. Again Professor David Foley moderated the case.

The cath lab multi-disciplinary team of nurses, radiographers and clinical physiologists are integral to these cases and overall the feedback from London was very positive.