The extended heart: cardiac surgery serving more hospitals

Massimo Massetti, Giovanni Alfonso Chiariello

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Abstract The Heart Team is becoming ever more central in delivering cardiovascular care, embodying a modern aspect of medical practice, designed to place the patient at the 'center' of a team with different specialists, all contributing to the definition of the most appropriate therapeutic actions. We prospectively analyzed 200 consecutive patients (2015-2017). Patients were evaluated independently by a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon, each deciding the most appropriate therapeutic action. At a later time, the same patient, was evaluated by the Heart Team. For the first 100 patients the rate of concurrence between cardiologist and cardiac surgeon as well as among each specialist and the Heart Team, was relatively low (51 and 42% respectively). For the following 100 patients the concurrence rate was significantly higher (75 and 70% respectively). The systematic and collegial discussion of the patients in the contest of the Heart Team, steered toward an evolution of each specialist in the group settings. The Electronic Heart Team (e-Heart Team) employing video conference support, applied to the first 65 patients with promising results, represent a further advancement in the delivery of care, by reducing the distance from the 'Hub' center, and the specialist in the 'Spoke' facility, who from simple source of the patient, now becomes an essential part of the therapeutic decision process. The Heart Team environment can deeply affect patients management and improve treatment results, by sharing the expertise and overcoming the limitations of the individual disciplines, thus reaching the common goal of the patient's best available treatment.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)E91-E95
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Electronic Heart Team
  • Heart Team
  • Hybrid procedures


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