Merit Medical is pleased to announce a new Interventional CRT Center of Excellence at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Heart & Vascular Institute, in Washington, DC. Dr. Seth Worley, an internationally recognized expert in cardiac resynchronization therapy, began developing Interventional CRT techniques 18 years ago. He recently moved his practice to MedStar Washington Hospital to launch the hospital’s Interventional CRT program. Training opportunities will be available at the MedStar Center of Excellence beginning this September.

Interventional CRT is a progressive way of implanting LV leads using interventional cardiology tools and techniques. It uses an injection system and specially designed tools to facilitate CS Cannulation and LV lead placement. Utilizing these tools allows implanters to simplify their straightforward cases or provide options for challenging anatomies.

During the MedStar Center of Excellence courses, implanting physicians and fellows learn Interventional CRT techniques including CS Cannulation, Snaring, telescoping, venoplasty, visualization, and wire techniques. ?Didactic presentations, hands-on workshops, and live case observations make these programs valuable for electrophysiologists looking for options for LV lead implantation.

In addition to in-person training, the Interventional CRT program offers step-by-step guides for cannulating the CS as well as an instructional video to assist implanting physicians. The Step-by-Step Guide is available as a booklet or poster that can be downloaded. New guides for Snaring and other techniques will be available soon.

MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute has been the premier destination for advanced, complex cardiovascular care in the Washington DC Metropolitan region for more than 55 years, and is consistently ranked as one of the top cardiovascular programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report (

For more information about Interventional CRT training opportunities and availability in the MedStar Center of Excellence programs, contact Marni Adams, Program Director ([email protected], 503-867-4150) or visit