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Bringing Clarity: The Why, When and Who

It is well known that the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is the first choice for mechanical circulatory support for cardiologists throughout the world. Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) therapy has been subject to recent debate. Importantly, there appears to be a dichotomy between the clinical trial results and real world practice.

This three-module series educational program provides:

  • A review of the physiological principles behind mechanical circulatory support; ranging from inotropes and IABP therapy to percutaneous left ventricular assist devices (pVADs) and extracorporeal pumps
  • Discusses the dichotomy between trial results and clinical practice
  • Discusses and provides case examples that demonstrate how to determine patient selection for mechanical circulatory support

View the Programs

King’s College London/St Thomas’ Hospital

The Critical Science: Understanding the ABCs of Mechanical Circulatory Support


The Clinical Enigma: Randomized Trials vs. Clinical Practice


Real World Application of Mechanical Circulatory Support


Champions of the Cath Lab

Simon Redwood, MD, FRCP, FACC, FSCAI

Professor Redwood is Senior Lecturer/Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheter labs at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, one of the highest volume catheter labs in the UK. He is also Lead Clinician for Research and Development and is President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS). He is a member of the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Clinical Evidence [NICE] and International Editorial Board member for the journal Heart. He is trained in all aspects of adult interventional cardiology.

Divaka Perera, MA, MD, FRCP

Dr. Perera is a leader in Interventional Cardiology and Senior Lecturer in Cardiology for Kings College Hospital and an Interventional Cardiologist at Guys and St. Thomas’ hospital in London. In 2008, he received a five-year clinical senior lectureship award from the Department of Health, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). At the same time he was also appointed to the post of consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

In addition to his clinical and research roles, Dr. Perera teaches undergraduate medical students and supervises postgraduate researchers towards MSc, MD and PhD degrees at King’s College London.

Nico H. J. Pijls, MD, PhD

Professor Nico Pijls is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Cardiology at the Catherina Hospital and the University of Technology in Eindhoven. In his role for biomedical engineering his research has covered measurements in cardiac and coronary hemodynamics. He was the co-investigator for the FAME trials on FFR-guided PCI for the detection of ischemia which led to an upgrade of the ESC guideliens in 2014 to a Class I level of evidence A. He is an Interventional Cardiologist responsible for the day to day care of cardiac patients at the Eindhoven Heart Center, Catherina hospital.

In addition to his clinical and research roles, Professor Pijls also teaches physicians in cardiology. He is the author of 3 published books on diseases of the coronary artery.