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Rocky Mountain Valve Symposium returns to Missoula

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The International Heart Institute at St. Patrick Hospital is celebrating the 26th annual Rocky Mountain Valve Symposium. 

Cardiac experts from all over the world came together for a three-day conference.

They held lectures, panel discussions, case studies and debates about heart valve disease and treatment. The conference invites experts from around the country and the world to present information about new medical science.

This year the topic is about minimally invasive techniques to treat structural heart disease. Dr. Matt Maxwell, the program director, said the experts are brought in for other doctors to learn from.

 “You know you can only be expert at so many things. So we can go out, shop for the smartest people that are out doing it and have the most experience. There are some new agents that are experimental being looked at and institutions that are doing things that we don’t do,” said Maxwell.

Dr. Simone Musco, Chief of Electrophysiology Services, gave one of these lectures that focused on a group of procedures aimed to reduce the chance of stroke.

 “We bring people from international and national places to discuss such treatments, and it’s great for us to showcase what we do and also to learn from everyone else and improve the care of our patients,” said Musco.

Doctors who travel to attend this conference have a lot to gain. Dr. Bill Walker, a cardiothoracic surgeon from Knoxville, Tennessee, said he looks forward to the conference every year.

“It’s one of the few times where you can get such a unique perspective of three different expertise’s focusing on the same problem. It stimulates a lot of controversy and a lot of questions, but it’s always a great conference, said Walker.

Leading cardiac centers across the country, including the International Heart Institute, have formed programs that focus on the treatment of structural heart disease.

The format of the conference is said to be dynamic, with questioning back and forth between lecturers and attendees. 

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