Largest audience yet attends this year’s Ga. Heart Institute symposium

More than 60 leading experts in cardiovascular medicine gathered in Braselton recently to share ideas on how to advance care for people with heart and vascular conditions.

The third annual Georgia Heart & Vascular Symposium, hosted by Georgia Heart Institute at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, featured seminars, case studies, debates, industry exhibits and three heart procedures live-streamed from Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville to the audience of more than 730 physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and EMS professionals.

Attendees also got to observe three simultaneous cases — a robotic-assisted surgery, a complex coronary intervention and a structural heart procedure — live-streamed (see picture) from the operating room and cardiac catheterization labs at NGMC Gainesville with commentary from the physicians as they worked.

“The live cases are one of the most beneficial and impactful parts of the Georgia Heart & Vascular Symposium,” said Stephane Rinfret, MD, director of complex coronary interventions at Georgia Heart Institute, who performed one of the live procedures. “Attendees get to hear discussion of various topics in the educational sessions and then see how we apply that knowledge in the clinical setting. It was also very gratifying to be able to provide updates on these patients to attendees the next day.”

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