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Cassie Ramm, MSN, RN, AGNP-C

Structural Heart Disease Nurse Practitioner, Division of Cardiology
UNC Heart Valve/TAVR Program
General Cardiology Nurse Practitioner, UNC Medical Center & UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus

Specialty Areas: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR); transcatheter mitral valve repair (MitraClip); atrial septal defect repair; ventricular septal defect repair; patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure.

Chronology: BSN: University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2005; MSN: University of North Carolina, 2015; Board Certified Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 2015.

Cassie Ramm’s clinical focus is on structural and valvular heart disease. As a key member of a patient’s medical team, she works closely with patients and family members through the continuum of care to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Cassie’s procedural specialties include minimally invasive structural heart interventions. She is also a dedicated nurse practitioner for patients with general cardiology and geriatric conditions.

Selected Bibliography

Arora S, Vaidya SR, Strassle PD, Misenheimer JA, Rhodes JA, Ramm CJ, Wheeler EN, Caranasos TG, Cavender MA, Vavalle JP. Meta-analysis of transfemoral TAVR versus surgical aortic valve replacement. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2018 Mar 1;91(4):806-812. doi: 10.1002/ccd.27357.

Arora S, Ramm CJ, Misenheimer JA, Vavalle JP. Early transcatheter valve prosthesis degeneration and future ramifications. Cardiovasc Diagn Ther. 2017 Feb;7(1):1-3. doi: 10.21037/cdt.2016.08.04.

Arora S, Strassle PD, Ramm CJ, Rhodes JA, Vaidya SR, Caranasos TG, Vavalle JP. Transcatheter Versus Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Lower Surgical Risk Scores: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Early Outcomes. Heart Lung Circ. 2017 Jan 24. pii: S1443-9506(17)30022-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2016.12.003.

Arora S, Ramm CJ, Misenheimer JA, Vavalle JP. TAVR in Intermediate-Risk Patients: A Review of the PARTNER 2 Trial and its Future Implications. J Heart Valve Dis. 2016 Nov;25(6):653-656.

Sola M, Caranasos TG, Yeung M, Ramm CJ, Sell K, Vavalle JP. Transcatheter Mitral Valve-in-Ring for Progressive Mitral Stenosis after Prior Repair with Annuloplasty: A Novel Balloon Sizing Technique. J Heart Valve Dis. 2016 Mar;25(2):185-186.

Sola M, Ramm CJ, Kolarczyk LM, Teeter EG, Yeung M, Caranasos TG, Vavalle JP. Application of a Multidisciplinary Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Pathway to Improve Patient Outcomes after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantations. Am. J. Cardiol. 2016 Aug 1;118(3):418-23. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.05.015

Arora S, Misenheimer JA , Jones W, Bahekar A, Caughey M, Ramm CJ, Caranasos TG, Yeung M, Vavalle JP. Transcatheter versus surgical aortic valve replacement in intermediate risk patients: a meta-analysis. Cardiovasc. Diagn. Ther. 2016 Jun;6(3):241-9. doi: 10.21037/cdt.2016.03.04

Iyer S, Bauer T, Yeung M, Ramm C, Kiser AC, Vavalle JP, Caranasos TG. A heart team and multi-modality imaging approach to percutaneous closure of a post-MI VSD. Cardiovasc Diagn Ther. 2016 Apr;6(2):180-4. doi: 10.21037/cdt.2015.10.04

Abstracts & Presentations

Ayzenbart V, Strassle P, Ramm C, Sheng S, Vavalle J. Association Between Global Echocardiography-Based Cardiac Calcium Score and the Clinical Outcomes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, Washington, DC, 2017.

Vavalle JP, Caranasos TC, Ramm CJ, Kiser A, Hinderliter A, Daniel K. First in Man Experience of Using the Aegis Surgical Transit (TM) System for Suprasternal TAVR Using a Self-Expanding Valve. Transcatheter Valve Therapies. Chicago, IL, 2016.

Ramm CJ, Vavalle JP, Nguyen TC, Sampson AJ, Huang P, Foster J, Demyanenko V, Thourani V, Wang TY. Cardiologists refer patients with aortic stenosis later and with more symptoms than non-cardiologists. Oral Presentation: American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, Chicago, IL, 2016.

Ramm CJ, Vavalle JP, Linville T. Interdisciplinary approach to structural disease. The Beat Goes On Annual Nursing Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, 2016.

Ramm CJ, Vavalle JP. Building a dynamic multidisciplinary team: Application to patient care and quality improvement. UHC Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 2015.

Vavalle JP, Caranasos TG, Yeung M, Ramm CJ, Bauer T, Kiser AC. Suprasternal TAVR – First Case in the United States. Transcatheter Valve Therapies. Chicago, IL, 2015.