Thursday, April 26, 2018
Check-in & Breakfast: 6:30 am
Program: 6:45 am-7:45 am

Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101
Room: Harbor G, Second Level

Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Supported through educational grants from
Abbott, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Medtronic

This program is accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME).

This event is not part of the official Annual SCAI Scientific Sessions as planned by the SCAI Program Committee.


Knowledge of the characteristics of coronary guidewires is critical to the completion of simple and complex interventional procedures. Despite the necessity of guidewires for every interventional procedure, the level of detailed understanding of the construction, material, and specific characteristics of a guidewire seems to be limited. This is particularly true as cases that are more complex are performed and as improved guidewire technologies are introduced.

Research has demonstrated, however, that substantially improved patient outcomes are possible, as long as practitioners are educated on the appropriate selection of guidewires and appropriate per lesion techniques. In fact, feedback from a recent educational program on complex lesions and guidewire selection indicated that close to 90% of physicians planned to make changes to their current clinical practice, due to an enhanced understanding of guidewire technology and selection. This clearly demonstrates that more education is essential for better patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, the attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic elements of guidewire design and construction
  • Recognize the differences and pros and cons of utilizing a variety of different guidewire types (for example, hydrophilic vs hydrophobic, support vs floppy, and stiff vs flexible tip)
  • Identify the potential uses for “specialty” wires, including wires for crossing chronic total occlusions

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CRF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This educational activity is designed for interventional cardiologists, clinical cardiologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of PCI patients.

Evaluation by questionnaire will address content, presentation effectiveness, possible bias, and future educational needs.

This program is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) and supported through educational grants from Abbott, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Medtronic. CRF ensures that its programs are educational and meet the needs of the target audience. This program was developed without influence from commercial supporters.

It is the policy of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. Commercial support from industry does not influence educational content, faculty selection, and/or faculty presentations, and therefore, does not compromise the scientific integrity of the educational activity.

Discussion of off-label product usage is made at the sole discretion of the faculty. Off-label product discussion and usage is not endorsed by CRF, nor the course directors of this activity.

Faculty participating in medical education activities sponsored by CRF are required to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentations. Faculty in noncompliance with this policy are not permitted to participate in this activity.



William L. Lombardi, MD University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA


Arasi Maran, MD Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Mitul Patel, MD UC San Diego Health
La Jolla, CA

Stéphane Rinfret, MD McGill University Health Center
Montreal, Canada



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There is no cost to register. You must be a SCAI 2018 registrant to attend this satellite program.

Should you have any questions, please contact
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