September 8, 2020
The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s (MHIF) Center for Coronary Artery Disease (CCAD) continues to make the impossible possible as researchers work to save and improve the lives of patients with coronary artery disease, the #1 cause of death in the world. On Sept. 4, 2020, a case submission from MHIF CCAD International Scholar Dr. Judit Karacsonyi and CCAD Chairman Dr. Emmanouil Brilakis was awarded Best Case at the Your Peers Cases session at the ML-CTO meeting held virtually in Paris, France.
Dr. Karacsonyi presented the case live virtually at the meeting and won Best Case by popular vote from peers and meeting attendees. She also won an educational travel award and invitation to attend the ML-CTO 2021 meeting in Nice, France, next year.
The ML-CTO meeting brings together some of the world’s experts on chronic total occlusion–percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO-PCI), a procedure to open a CTO. A CTO is a complete blockage of a coronary artery for 30 days or longer. The minimally invasive procedure offers an alternative for patients with completely blocked arteries where standard catheter-based techniques may not be effective, or when open-heart surgery is considered too risky for a particular patient. The CTO-PCI procedure requires extraordinary skill; only 2 percent of U.S. interventional cardiologists are qualified to perform the range of techniques used.
MHIF is a leader in CTO-PCI research and Dr. Brilakis and his team lead a large clinical trial team investigating treatment of complex CTOs as well as a range of other coronary artery disease conditions. The team helps educate other cardiologists across the world on new and innovative treatment methods by maintaining two websites that allow them to view and learn from 170 online patient procedures.
Dr. Karacsonyi is from the University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine in Hungary, and completed her cardiology fellowship in May 2019. She worked as a cardiology attending at the University of Szeged before joining MHIF as a senior research scholar at the Center for Coronary Artery Disease in Winter 2019. She came to the center through MHIF’s International Scholar program, which brings practicing physicians from countries around the world for a one- or two-year period to work directly with Minneapolis Heart Institute® physicians and advance MHIF’s physician-initiated cardiovascular research.