Scientific Program

Conference Series LLC Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 24th Annual Cardiologists Conference Barcelona, Spain.

Day 3 :

Cardiologists 2018 International Conference Keynote Speaker Marco Picichè photo

Marco Picichè (MD, Ph.D.) graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Florence in 1995 and completed his cardiac surgery residency at the Tor Vergata University of Rome in 2000, both summa cum laude. He held regular teaching appointments at the university of Montpellier school of medicine, obtained certification by the French Board in cardiac surgery (Paris, 2007), earned his research master in surgical science (Paris, 2007), and received a university diploma in vascular surgery (Paris, 2007). In Canada he authored a research project on the occlusion of the internal mammary arteries as an alternative method of myocardial blood supply (2008, Laval University). In September 2011 he received a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in therapeutic innovations from Paris-Sud University. He is the Editor in Chief of the book: « Dawn and evolution of cardiac procedures : research avenues in cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology » (Springer-Verlag publishing house, September 2012). He patented a new surgical instrument. Currently he is a cardiac surgeon in Italy.


There is evidence that an ischemic stimulus may cause the internal mammary  arteries (IMAs) to develop important collateral branches. In Leriche syndrome, the IMAs may be the main source of blood supply for the lower limbs. Communication is also possible between the IMAs and the native coronary arteries. This has been demonstrated by angiography in living patients. Postmortem angiography in patients with ischemic heart disease has demonstrated such connections in 12% of cadavers. The Vineberg operation of the 1940s was based on the plastic potential of the IMAs. It consisted of IMA implantation into the left ventricular wall. Another example of the IMAs’ potential for collateralization may be  seen following imperfect coronary surgery, where blood flow is impeded by stenosis at the IMA-to-coronary artery anastomotic site, and eventually by graft occlusion in its middle-distal portion. In such a cases new branches may arise from the IMAs and direct toward the heart within a few days, weeks or months of surgery. These observations suggest that IMAs exhibit a significant potential for plasticity that may be induced under hypoxic conditions and/or in the presence of an obstruction to anterograde flow.  Before the advent of cardiopulmonary bypass, some authors believed  that surgical ligation of the IMAs produced an increased blood supply to the myocardium  through natural and pre-existing anastomotic channels. Currently, not all patients suffering from ischemic heart disease benefit from conventional myocardial revascularization techniques (no-option patients) and it is in this context that the concept of IMA occlusion has been promoted again since 2010. In man, transitory and mid-term angioplasty balloon ITA occlusion increases the collateral flow index and fractional flow reserve by means of a functional ischemia-reducing extra-cardiac coronary artery supply, via natural ipsilateral ITA bypasses. This new achievement reinforces the recent hypothesis that endovascular embolization/plug occlusion  of the IMAs might be considered for otherwise untreatable patients.

Figure 1: The principle of occlusion of the internal mammary artery (From Glover et al. Experiences of myocardial revascularization by division of the internal mammary arteries. Section on Cardiovascular Disease, 1958)

Recent Publications:

  1. Moberg A. Anastomosis between extracardiac vessels and coronary arteries via internal mammary arteries. Acta Radiol Diagn 1967; 6: 263-72.
  2. Singh RN, Varat MA. Acquired internal mammary-to-coronary artery communication. Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1982; 8: 281-5.
  3. M. Picichè, The history of myocardial revascularization before the advent of cardiopulmonary bypass, in: M. Picichè (Ed.), Dawn and Evolution of Cardiac Procedures: Research Avenues in Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology, Springer- Verlag, Heidelberg 2012, pp. 65–77.
  4. M. Picichè, Noncoronary collateralmyocardial blood flow: the human heart's forgotten blood supply, Open Cardiovasc. Med. J. 9 (2015) 105–113.
  5. M. Picichè, E. Fadel, J.G. Jr Kingma, et al., Blood flow to the heart from noncoronary arteries: an intriguing but challenging research field, Cardiovasc Revasc Med 13 (2012) 25–29.
  6. M. Picichè, J.G. Kingma, E. Fadel, et al., Enhancement of non-coronary collateral blood flow from the internal thoracic arteries: the theoretical and practical basis of an alternative method of myocardial blood supply, J. Cardiovasc. Surg. (Torino) 52 (2011) 127–131.
  7. M. Picichè, J.G. Kingma, E. Fadel, et al., Enhancement of noncoronary collateral circulation:  the hypothesis of an alternative treatment for ischemic heart disease, Med Hypotheses 74 (2010) 21–23.
  8. M. Picichè, J.G. Kingma, P. Voisine, F. Dagenais, E. Fadel, Angiogenesis and surgical or endovascular enhancement of noncoronary collateral circulation: a new research Field. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 139 (2010) 1675–1676.
  9. M. Stoller, S.F. de Marchi, C. Seiler, The function of natural internal mammary-tocoronary artery bypasses and its effect on myocardial ischemia, Circulation 129 (2014) 2645–2652.
  10. Stoller M, Seiler C. Effect of permanent right internal mammary artery closure on coronary collateral function and myocardial ischemia. Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2017;10.
  11. Picichè M. Embolization of the internal thoracic arteries in refractory angina. International Journal of Cardiology 212 (2016) 310.
  12. Picichè M. Letter by Picichè Regarding Article, “Effect of Permanent Right Internal Mammary Artery Closure on Coronary Collateral Function and Myocardial Ischemia”Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2017;10:e005777.