Merit Medical partners with world-renown interventional cardiologist to deliver transradial course


Merit Medical will partner with internationally renowned interventional cardiologist Ferdinand Kiemeneij to deliver the next generation in educational opportunities for interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists. Kiemeneij will serve as a co-proctor at the upcoming Advanced Transradial Intervention Education Course for Interventional Cardiologists (13–14 October, Merit Medical Education Cente, Salt Lake City, USA).

Acclaimed as the “Father of Transradial,” Kiemeneij—a Dutch interventional cardiologist—performed the first transradial coronary angioplasty in 1992 at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by transradial stenting in the same year and stenting on an outpatient basis in 1994. A sought-after instructor and lecturer, he serves as the Interventional Cardiology proctor for Merit’s ThinkRadial EMEA course and has trained countless physicians in transradial techniques over the years.

Sandeep Nathan (University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, USA), the ThinkRadial Interventional Cardiology Course director and founder, and will co-proctor the Advanced IC training with Kiemeneij.

Fred Lampropoulos, chairman and chief executive officer of Merit Medical, says: “We are excited to partner with Kiemeneij, one of the pre-eminent interventional cardiologists in the world. The advanced training course, which has been designed to help experienced interventional cardiologists continue to grow their practice, is the next logical step in Merit’s ThinkRadial initiative. Hundreds of physicians from across the globe have already attended one of our ThinkRadial training courses. This unparalleled educational opportunity will help attendees elevate their practices to the next generation of radial access.”

In addition to its ThinkRadial training programme, a press release reports, Merit Medical offers a full line of tools for radial procedures, including the PreludeEASEtm Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer. Available in 4Fr to 7Fr sizes, featuring a hydrophilic coating that facilitates easier insertion and removal, specifically up to 30% less insertion force than the leading competitor, the PreludeEASE is suitable for use in a wide range of interventional and diagnostic procedures. It is available in multiple kit configurations and custom options to meet specific procedural needs.


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