Premier Cardiovascular Conference Founded by Dr. Craig Walker Celebrates 20 Years

NCVH 20HOUMA – Dr. Craig Walker, interventional cardiologist, president and founder of Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) and the New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) conference, celebrates the conference’s 20th anniversary during this year’s gathering May 28 – May 31 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. NCVH is the peripheral event of the year– an international, multispecialty, educational conference showcasing excellence in vascular medicine and intervention with the goal of improving care for patients with vascular disease through the use of cutting-edge technology and techniques.

The message of NCVH is that peripheral vascular disorders are extremely prevalent and deserve far more attention than they have historically received. Beginning as one conference in New Orleans, NCVH has grown to hosting more than 20 one-day conferences during the year throughout the United States, as well as in Latin America and Asia.

walker__headshot@2x“Improving outcomes requires better provider and patient awareness, effective and precise diagnosis, state-of-the art medical therapy with longitudinal follow-up, and implementation of advanced interventional and surgical therapy. It also requires better wound healing, rehabilitation, and addressing the high-risk of cardiovascular death predominately related to myocardial and cerebral ischemia,” remarked Dr. Walker. “Outcomes are closely related to thorough evaluation and close cooperation between multiple disciplines, and that’s why we continue to host this important conference, now for 20 years.”

The conference sessions offer education covering all fields of peripheral interventions—from beginner to advanced— including carotid, renal, femoral and below-the-knee procedures, as well as stent grafting for aortic dissections, abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic aortic aneurysms and deep venous interventions. The conference stresses an importance on lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI) to address the need for amputation prevention techniques, with a focus on gender and racial disparities. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. with Louisiana ranking higher than the U.S. average.  

Physicians of all specialties, as well as nurses, medical staff and administrators have joined NCVH with a common goal of improving patient care. The NCVH Fellows Course for physicians-in-training on the Tuesday of the conference has evolved into the largest cardiology fellows course in the nation, and it represents a great opportunity for PAD experts to educate fellows on the importance of diagnosing and treating PAD. The Business of Peripheral Interventions Course, also on Tuesday, will discuss the comprehensive financial and economic impact of amputations, peripheral interventions, reimbursements and other exciting topics in the ever-changing landscape of today’s complex healthcare industry.

One of the unique aspects of the conference is that it transmits more than 30 live and complex cases performed by some of the world’s best interventionists from locations across the globe, including Germany and Italy. The conference also features hands-on learning labs, PAD forums with titans of the industry, a critical limb summit, venous disease forums, sessions exploring the new frontier of vascular interventions, a healthcare professional forum, podiatry and wound care sessions, and unlike any other conference, a general session on the gender and racial disparities in treating PAD.

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