Shock Symposium returns March 4-6

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

Fourth Annual Houston Shock Symposium

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Advanced Cardiopulmonary Therapies and Transplantation at McGovern Medical School and the Memorial Hermann Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute – Texas Medical Center host the Fourth Annual Houston Shock Symposium, March 4-6, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza.

Over 60 national and international experts in the field of cardiogenic shock come together to share and advance knowledge, expertise, and vision to help save lives and reduce shock’s unacceptable high mortality rate. The symposium is designed to encompass interventionalists, advanced heart failure cardiologists, critical care physicians, and engineers to share knowledge and expertise.

Each year in the United States there are approximately 40,000 to 50,000 new cases of cardiogenic shock, with occurrences more prevalent in the elderly, women, and patients with diabetes. Cardiogenic shock is the leading cause of death in patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction.

The agenda for the Houston Shock Symposium features formal presentations, case illustrations, panel discussion and Q&A sessions. Engagement in the panel of experts and attendees is encouraged, and Oral Case Presentations of no more than 10 PowerPoint slides can be submitted to Discussion categories for presentations are:

  • Acute myocardial infarction complicated by shock
  • Acute decompensated heart failure
  • Post cardiotomy cardiogenic shock
  • Post LVAD RV failure
  • Role of percutaneous mechanical circulatory assist device in shock
  • Percutaneous or Surgical MCS Device Failure
  • Novel utilization of MCS device or drug therapy.

Friday’s session features a pair of Skills Lab Sessions running from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1-5 p.m. The Houston Shock Skills Lab allows registered attendees to perform:

  • Large bore percutaneous cannulation,
  • Percutaneous arterial closure,
  • Trans-septal puncture,
  • Insertion of percutaneous mechanical assist devices including Impella, TandemHeart, and VV/VA ECMO percutaneous support devices,
  • Bovine heart LVAD cannulation

Registration for the Houston Shock Symposium is free for all attendees. To register for the event or for more information on the symposium, visit the Houston Shock Symposium website. Separate registration for the Skills Lab is required and can be submitted via email to