Heart you ready?

This year’s symposium took place once again in the beautiful city of Lisbon, this time in the forward-thinking campus of Universidade NOVA in Campolide. In September 2018 we gathered to discuss the latest advances and best practices in our area.

Welcome Letter

Dear colleagues,

This is the 4th edition of the Thoracic Aorta Lisbon Symposium. Yet again we are gathering to listen and learn, exchange ideas and experiences in the pluri-disciplinary field of the thoracic aorta and aortic valve.

This year, under the organisation of the Portuguese Society of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Academy (SPCCTV), we keep the same spirit of asking ourselves how far can we go with this recent technology that has brought new surgical indications and completely changed the way we look today to the thoracic aorta from the valve to the intra-abdominal segment.

We have as the main topics:

1st session: Aortic Valve Stenosis
TAVI has been more and more an attractive technique, with the overall outcomes continuously improving. However, we have been witnessing a true revolution in the surgical approach to the degenerative aortic stenosis. New prosthesis and less invasive methods are already routine procedures in a few Centers. How can we compare results and discuss special indications? This 1st Session will be very provocative and we are going to demonstrate the potential complementarity of both approaches.

2nd session: Type A Aorta Dissection
The methods of diagnosis, indications, timings and surgical options are in constant evolution. To keep the patient alive at the end of the intervention is not the only concern anymore. More and more we know long term results and those are clearly influenced by the surgical options in the operating room. What to do with the resources and logistics of our Hospitals and SNS/NHS? We´ll have a debate, for sure very enlightening, with a guest expert panel in this area. Could the percutaneous intervention in this specific acute pathology be an imminent reality in patients unfit for surgery?

3rd session: Aortic arch repair and Frozen Elephant Technique (FET)
The complex thoracic aorta pathology has become increasingly more frequent, probably due to a refined diagnosis. The surgical challenge to intervene in the arch and proximal descending aorta is in rapid evolution. Total endovascular arch repair is available for selected patients, but still there are shadows to overcome.

4th session: Descending Thoracic and Thoraco-abdominal Aorta
Understanding the vascular anatomy and physiology of the spinal cord is fundamental to draw the correct strategy, supported by an adequate monitoring, to ensure our desired excellent outcomes. Indications and strategies to treat type B dissections, both acute and chronic, are today quite anchored in random and prospective studies. We will have the privilege of having professor Nienaber, pioneer in endovascular intervention and in the rationalization and characterization of patient subgroups where endovascular treatment is superior to the best medical therapy.

With so many topics and surgical options, we have invited a notable panel of Specialists (record of 15 foreign invitees) that will surely guarantee a high scientific level of the Sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Álvaro

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