SCAI'S Hildner Lecture traces progress through 30 years of interventional cardiology

(May 11, 2007ORLANDO, FL) -- The world of interventional cardiology has changed dramatically in nearly three decades, and Donald Baim, M.D., FSCAI, has seen it all. In a keynote Hildner Lecture, to be delivered at the 30th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, May 912, 2007, in Orlando, FL, Dr. Baim will examine major breakthroughs, short-lived disappointments, and future developments in interventional cardiology, all from the vantage point of a career that has spanned 27 years.

"Looking back, Im struck that we as interventional cardiologists have never simply accepted the limitations placed before us," said Dr. Baim, "Weve always tried to overcome them through creative thinkingand then to subject the results of that creativity to the crucible of evidence-based medicine, knowing that sometimes well win, and sometime well lose, but, always, well move forward."

Dr. Baim began his career in interventional cardiology in 1980 at Stanford University, shortly after the birth of interventional cardiology. During 25 years at Harvard University he became an internationally respected educator and renowned innovator in device development. Since July 2006 he has been executive vice president and chief medical and scientific officer for device manufacturer Boston Scientific.

The changes he has observedand driven forwardare nothing short of remarkable. In the early days of interventional cardiology, for example, catheters were bulky and difficult to maneuver. As a result, only 510 percent of patients were candidates for balloon angioplasty, the procedure was successful just 65 percent of the time, and 10 percent of patients experienced a serious complication, including the need for emergency bypass surgery in more than half. Today, approximately two-thirds of patients with diseased coronary arteries are candidates for angioplasty, stenting, and other forms of percutaneous coronary intervention

Contact: Kathy Boyd David
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

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