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Highlights from EuroPRevent Prague - New scientific advances

ESC Congress 2010

Risk Factors, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation and Sports Cardiology


In this session, the main new findings from the 2010 Prague congress were reported by key members of the different sections of the EACPR.

For the section of Basic Science, Öyvind Ellingsen discussed the study by Matsumoto (Germany) who investigated the effect of physical activity and cholesterol-enriched diet on sclerosis and calcification of the aortic valve. They showed that a combination of sedentary activity and a high cholesterol diet resulted in significant changes of the valve, which was not seen in the active mice on normal feeding.

From Italy (Simona), it was observed that patients with psoriatric arthritis and without signs of cardiovascular disease had developed endothelial dysfunction and reduced coronary flow thus indicating signs of vessel wall inflammation.

For the Cardiac Rehabilitation, Massimo Piepoli referred to the work of Cesari (Italy) who found an increase in endothelial progenitor cells in 55 patients after PCI when they had undergone a four week training programme. The protective importance of a well-functioning social network for cardiac patients was demonstrated by Konnerup (Denmark) in a five year follow up of cardiac mortality.

Johan de Sutter form the Prevention and Epidemiology section showed in the report by Ramsay (UK) that the socio-economic differences in risk factors over the past 20 years had increased with a worsening difference in BMI and lipids. Aspelund (Iceland) analysed intima-media thickness (IMT) and compared the findings with the patients’ lifestyle using the European telephone number for health (035130530). He found a remarkable correlation between this simple lifestyle score and IMT.

Mats Börjesson from the EACPR sports section reported that as yet there are no specific genes that predict high sports performance, thus a genetic selection of top athletes is not an option. Finally, the study by Björnstad (Norway) was discussed in which the typical ECG changes seen in elite athletes disappeared to a large degree after a 15 year follow up.

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Highlights from EuroPRevent Prague - New scientific advances

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