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Although the number of structural heart disease procedures has increased over the last decade, the number of academic training programs in the field has not kept pace, according to a survey.

Among the 50 respondents to a survey of accredited interventional cardiology programs, 86% said they had some involvement with percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease, but only a few offered a dedicated structural heart disease fellowship program, reported Konstantinos Marmagkiolis, MD, from William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and colleagues.

A total of nine programs offered a 1-year training in structural interventions, and that occurred after the completion of interventional cardiology training. Another 16 programs included "exposure" to structural interventions with their coronary and peripheral training, according to the results published online in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.

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