VIVA Satellite Symposium: Carotid 'In-Depth'

Carotid ImageSymposium Description

Physicians treating patients with carotid artery disease face complex treatment decisions. The status of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) as the “gold standard of treatment” is being challenged by recent randomized clinical trials comparing CEA with less-invasive carotid artery stenting (CAS). This symposium will advance attendees’ understanding of the risks, benefits and current indications related to medical management, endovascular repair and open surgical repair.


Learning Objectives 

By attending this symposium, participants will be better able to:   

1.   Define the role of pre-procedure carotid imaging in clinical practice.

2.   Understand the medical options for treating patients with carotid disease.

3.   Categorize high- and low-risk status in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) or carotid artery stenting (CAS).

4.   Implement strategies for performing CAS in pts with unfavorable anatomy.

5.   Utilize data on stent type when performing CAS.


Target Audience

VIVA conference attendees, including physicians and fellows-in-training who specialize in interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology. Also allied health professionals (including nurses, vascular clinic staff, endovascular operating room staff, cath lab and angio suite staff, nurse practitioners, vascular technologists and physician assistants) interested in the management of patients with vascular disease.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. The University of Minnesota is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Minnesota designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1. 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who participate in this CME activity may submit their Statements of Attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.


Acknowledgement of Support

This educational activityis supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Vascular.


Disclosure Policy

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation intends to provide balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. All faculty and planning committee members participating in sponsored activities and their spouse/partner are required to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of this conference.



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

 5:45 p.m.     Registration and Hors D’oeuvres

 6:05 p.m.     Symposium Begins: Welcome

                   Timothy M. Sullivan, MD, FACC — Minneapolis Heart Institute

 6:12 pm       What imaging is necessary prior to carotid intervention?

                   John Perl II, MD, PhD — Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

 6:24 pm       Will medical therapy supplant CEA and CAS?

                   Joshua A. Beckman, MD,MS — Brigham and Women's Hospital

 6:36 pm       What constitutes ‘high risk’ CEA and CAS?

                   Timothy M. Sullivan, MD, FACC — Minneapolis Heart Institute

 6:48 pm       Technical tips for CAS in difficult anatomy

                   Bruce H. Gray, DO, FSVM — Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center

 7:00 pm       Does stent geometry matter?

                   Mark Eskandari, MD — Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

 7:12 p.m.     “Ask the experts” panel, with input from attendees

 7:45 p.m.     Closing Remarks and Adjournment



Joshua A. Beckman, MD,MS

Vascular Medicine

Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts


Mark K. Eskandari, MD

Vascular Surgery

Assistant Professor, Surgery and Radiology

Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, Illinois


Bruce H. Gray, DO, FSVM

Endovascular Surgery

Director, Endovascular Therapies

Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center

Greenville, South Carolina


John Perl II, MD, PhD

Interventional Neuroradiology

Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Minneapolis, Minnesota



Timothy M Sullivan, MD, FACS, FSVM, FACC

Vascular Surgery

Chairman, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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