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The European Medical Journal Presents: EMJ Interventional Cardiology 2019

EMJ Interventional Cardiology 7.1 contains a host of content from this year’s EuroPCR congress: a congress rife with technological advancements in the field of interventional cardiology. As always, a captivating array of abstracts were presented, and this edition features a selection of summaries composed by the researchers themselves to provide a first-hand account of the research.

Alfonso Ielasi et al. discussed the case of a patient with a long and heavily calcified coronary stenosis in their abstract presentation at EuroPCR. The summary, entitled ‘Rotational Atherectomy and Intravascular Lithotripsy for the Treatment of a Heavily Calcified Coronary Lesion’, looks at treatment of the patient with a combined approach that utilises rotational atherectomy and intravascular lithoplasty in order to achieve optimal lesion preparation for the effective delivery and expansion of a stent. This is just one of the fantastic abstract summaries available in EMJ Interventional Cardiology 7.1.

The congress feature ‘To Clip or Not to Clip’ looks at MitraClip, weighing up the pros and cons of this interventional procedure. This device, thought to have revolutionised treatment of mitral valve regurgitation, has since seen conflicting evidence, as presented at EuroPCR this year. This feature presents the history of MitraClip and explores the case presentations that present challenges to the use of the procedure.

Along with our EuroPCR congress review, this issue includes a congress interview with Prof Eduard Margetic, who discussed all things EuroPCR, touching on the session he chaired on STEMI complications, the Croatian Cardiac Society’s interventional working group, and his impressive history in the field of interventional cardiology.

EuroPCR, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, once again delivered innovative and riveting research in abundance. EMJ Interventional Cardiology 7.1 brings you the hottest topics from the congress and is out now. It is a must read for anyone with a special interest in advancements from the ever-changing field of interventional cardiology.