ACC 2023: Late-Breaking Science Video Collection

Published: 06 March 2023

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Our regular review series View from the Thoraxcenter, hosted by Prof Nicolas Van Mieghem and Dr Joost Daemen (Thoraxcentre, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, NL) provides a critical analysis of the late-breaking and featured science results and spotlights impactful data. 


For a deeper look into the key clinical trial data revealed at ACC 23, Dr Harriette Van Spall (McMaster University, Hamilton, CA) interviews the principal investigators in her regular Late-Breaker Discussion Series


For short, concise coverage of the key data revealed, our accessible Expert Interviews were conducted with select faculty, focussing on the results, applicability and impact on future research. 

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Part 3

View from the Thoraxcenter

In these concise episodes of View from the Thoraxcenter, Prof Nicolas Van Mieghem and Dr Joost Daemen (Thoraxcentre, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, NL) offer their thoughts on the top late-breaking trials that will be presented at ACC 2023. 

About the episode

Dr Enoch Akowuah (James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough, UK) joins us on-site at ACC's 2023 scientific sessions to discuss the findings of the UK Mini-Mitral trial (National Institute of Health Research).

This study is a multicentre, expertise-based randomised controlled trial that aimed to compare the safety and effectiveness of a minimally-invasive thoracotomy compared to conventional sternotomy in treating patients with degenerative mitral valve disease. After surgery, patient outcomes were followed up for one year, whilst estimates of clinical and health-economic outcomes will continue to be reported for up to five years.

The trial saw a 96% repair rate in both arms.


  1. What is the importance of the UK Mini Mitral?
  2. What were the main considerations regarding the design of this trial?
  3. What were the baseline characteristics of the patients?
  4. What data did you present at ACC.23?
  5. How should these findings impact clinical practice?
  6. What are the next steps?

Recorded on-site at ACC 2023, New Orleans.

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Enoch Akowuah

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