EuroPCR 2021: Late-Breaking Science Collection

Published: 22 June 2021

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Overview

In part 1 of this video series, Prof Nicolas Van Mieghem and Dr Joost Daemen host our review series View from the Thoraxcenter. This provides a concise analysis of the highlights of EuroPCR 2021’s Late-Breaking Trials.

 

The Expert Interviews featured in part 2 provide a short, accessible overview of some selected trials presented at EuroPCR 2021. These videos focus on each study’s design, results and impact on future practice. Some highlights of these interviews include an overview of the Portico NG study from Prof Lars Søndergaard and an insightful discussion of TAVR for Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis in a low-risk patient population by Dr Raj Makkar.

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Faculty Biographies

Nicolas M Van Mieghem

Nicolas M Van Mieghem

Medical Director

Personal History

From an early age, Professor Nicolas Maria Van Mieghem decided to pursue a career that would help others. “I enjoy the feeling of being able to help someone or do something important for them. I wanted to enter a profession that would channel my energy— I was always a busy child,” he says. 

A budding athlete, he was a member of Belgium’s national swimming team but soon realized that medicine was his true calling. His father was a general cardiologist and one of his biggest influences early in his career.

Professor Van Mieghem initially intended to train as a cardiac surgeon but decided to specialise in interventional cardiology instead, following advice from a mentor. This decision was cemented when he read the first-in-human case report of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in Circulation by Alain Cribier in 2002. 

His mantra is mens sana in corpore sano (a…

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Joost Daemen

Joost Daemen

Interventional cardiologist

Dr Joost Daemen, MD, PhD obtained his degree in medicine at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam in 2005 and did 2 years of internal medicine training and 4 years of general cardiology training at the Thoraxcenter, Rotterdam. 

Joost is actively involved in several drug-eluting stent trials and is Principal Investigator of 4 trials focusing on the safety and efficacy of renal sympathetic denervation in hypertension, heart failure, vasospastic angina and heart failure. Joost is a member of the editorial board of EuroIntervention and the Netherlands Heart Journal, member of Young ICIN, and has completed courses in biomedical statistics and device training.

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