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Mastering Transseptal Puncture

June 12, 2019

Since it was first performed in 1959[1], the transseptal puncture procedure has evolved from a technique used to measure the pressure in the left side of the heart (intracardiac hemodynamics)[2], to a crucial step in treating a large number of cardiac pathologies today.

Mitral valve repair, atrial fibrillation, and left atrial appendage closure and are just a few of the procedures that require access to the left atrium of the heart. Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the most prevalent valvular heart disease in the U.S.[3], contributing to more than 30,000 transcatheter mitral valve repair procedures being performed globally from 2013 to 2016. Similarly, the incidence of AF is growing in the U.S. with an estimated 2.6 million cases projected for 2030[4].

The increased prevalence of heart diseases has made transseptal puncture an essential skill required of electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons, whose therapies rely on successful left-heart access.

Baylis Medical introduced Medical Education programs to help advance physicians’ transseptal skillset in a response to the growing necessity of the procedure in delivering life-changing therapies to patients. The courses includes life-like, hands-on simulations and are specially designed for a physician’s expertise — from cardiothoracic surgeons who perform TMVR, to interventional cardiologists who perform LAA occlusion, and electrophysiologists who treat heart rhythm problems.

Baylis’ Medical Education courses are led by world-renowned Faculty like Dr. William A. Gray, MD, FACC, FSCAI and Chief of Cardiovascaular Disease Division at Main Line Heath, Inc. Over the course of his career, he has performed thousands of transseptal procedures. By leading several of Baylis’s transseptal workshops, Dr. Gray shares the expertise he has gained from years of experience alongside other expert Faculty.

“It is important that today’s physicians learn transseptal technique, given the increasing number of patients out there who can benefit from these left-heart therapies,” says Dr. Gray. “This course provides a great foundation of skills that ultimately results in greater access to treatment for patients.”

As transseptal access becomes increasingly vital, Baylis Medical will look to expand their Medical Education programs to train today’s Fellows, to ensure they feel more comfortable with the technique earlier on in their career. In addition, Baylis organizes and supports a number of educational programs aimed at increasing transseptal proficiency as well as advanced techniques for accessing the heart from any approach.

“Having a refined transseptal skillset is beneficial to both the patient and the physician,” says Chris Bermingham, Manager of Clinical Education at Baylis. “Through didactic instruction and hands-on simulations, physicians are able to practice the transseptal puncture procedure in a safe environment. Their mastery of the technique helps keep them at the forefront of a fast-evolving medical field.”

Baylis Medical offers Transseptal Courses designed for Interventional Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists and Cardiothoracic Surgeons. Medical Education programs also include One-On-One Workshops, Fellows Training and Education and Gloves-On Training.

To learn more about the Education Programs, please visit the Medical Education page of the Baylis Medical website.

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