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SCAI Creates New Council for Rising Interest in Interventional Therapies for Structural Heart Disease
Date:6/18/2008

Council will develop training standards and guidelines to ensure quality

keeps pace with growth in new subspecialty field

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- To develop first-of-its-kind guidelines and training standards for the emerging interventional cardiology subspecialty field of structural heart disease, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced today the creation of The Structural Heart Disease Council. The Council's mission includes encouraging research, delivering professional education, facilitating development of guidelines, fostering advocacy, and promoting public education and communication about the potential of interventional therapies for congenital and acquired "structural" heart conditions.

Structural heart disease (SHD) includes a range of conditions and diseases that affect the heart muscle, the development of the heart and valves that control blood flow -- the so-called "heart structures." These conditions may be present at birth (congenital heart disease) or they may develop later in life. They include valve problems, "holes" between the chambers of the heart, malformations of the atrial appendage and other conditions.

Until recently, the only way to repair or replace these conditions involved open-heart surgery. In recent years, interventional cardiologists have developed catheter-based procedures that are minimally invasive alternatives to open-heart surgery -- an especially important development for children and adults who are not good candidates for major surgery.

"Structural heart disease is truly a new subspecialty, and it is rapidly delivering some of the most exciting advances in the field of medicine," said Ziyad M. Hijazi, MD, MPH, FSCAI, president of SCAI. "As the leading interventional cardiology association, SCAI believes this new Council will develop a consensus on guidelines and training specific to structural heart disease, establish criteria fo
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