CVPath Education

What is “Hands on Hearts?”

Hands on Hearts is a 1 to 3-day anatomic heart disease session that is directed by CVPath Institute faculty and is held annually at the CRT and the TCT conferences. The session includes pathological specimens demonstrating human cardiac disease as well as CT-generated casts of human hearts prior to intervention. Participants get one-on-one hands on teaching with actual cadaver hearts demonstrating a variety of structural and congenital disorders. Specimens include hearts with aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation, atrial and ventricular septal defects, PFOs, as well as cardiomyopathies and ischemic heart disease. In addition, implanted cardiac devices such as bioprosthetic valves, PFO closure device, and stents are also available for study. The sessions are an invaluable resource for education and research with practical applications for structural heart interventions.