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The Council for Cardiology Practice reaches Rome

by Guido Francesco Guida

On the 14th of December 2009 the CCP reaches the Italian cardiologists in Rome in a joint session with the "Collegio Federativo di Cardiologia" during one of the most important Italian scientific meetings, the 70th annual congress of the Italian Society of Cardiology (SIC).
The SIC was founded in 1935 and represents the academic soul of cardiology in Italy. It is part of the Italian Federation of Cardiology and is supported by more than 2,800 associates spread around the country. Most of them work in Italian Universities and, through the teaching distributed by several schools of cardiology, contribute to the education of specialists in the field.

The title of the symposium was “European standards in management of chronic angina”. The chairmen were Professor Francesco Fedele, Past President of the Italian Society of Cardiology and Professor Maria J. Salvador from Spain, one of the founders of CCP.
The speakers were:

  1. Prof Giuseppe Germanò the present chairmen of the CCP with the following presentation: “What news from ESC guidelines? What is the best non-interventional treatment?” Professor Germanò pointed out that the guidelines are quite different from clinical practice and that the new European pharmacological markets have many useful drugs to control angina symptoms.
  2. Prof Ciro Indolfi, professor of cardiology from Magna Graecia University presented : “Barriers in the implementation of coronary heart disease ESC guidelines in Italy”. Professor Indolfi noted the utility of the SYNTAX score. He highlighted firstly that, as in other western countries, in the real Italian world PCI is often performed in low risk patients and secondly that coronary angiography is often performed to stratify the risk and that, in these patients, PCI is performed in all suitable cases. Finally he remarked that in most stable patients CABG and PCI do not increase survival, but are effective in reducing symptoms.
  3. Dr Frank Sonntag, Past President of the Council, presented “How should a patient with chronic stable angina best be investigated outside the hospital and what is the reimbursement in various European countries?” He pointed out that reimbursement varies between countries and that in some countries there is not a cardiologist register.

The meeting was held with a full audience and was highly appreciated as commented by a young participant “It has been a practical and excellent meeting thanks to the synergy of the experts who have contributed to the discussion and I think that the reported evidence and information will be useful to guide my new practice in cardiology”.