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Report on the last nucleus meeting of your working group - Feb 2013

ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery

The last meeting of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery was held in Zurich on 9 February 2013. The meeting focused on the following major issues:

Working Group position papers

The ongoing Working Group position paper entitled “Management of anti-thrombotic therapy in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing CABG” is in a very advanced phase of the revision process and should be ready within one month.

Several proposals for a new position paper were discussed. Eventually, the Nucleus members agreed that the more timely position paper would be the one entitled: “Surgical and interventional management of mitral valve regurgitation: a position statement from the Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery and Valvular Heart Disease of the European Society of Cardiology”.

The proposal will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the ESC Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease.  Summary and table of contents are prepared to be formally submitted to the ESC CPG Chair in order to avoid overlapping with guidelines or papers in progress.


A more attractive web site is needed with enhanced visibility, educational sections, surgical videos, guidelines, etc. The following actions were decided to reach that goal:

  • A monthly literature review will be activated.
  • We will be explored the possibility of partnerships and reciprocity between the WG website and those of the EACTS, ISMICS, the Society of Heart and Valve disease.
  • Meetings and courses organised or co-organised by the WG will be advertised on the website.
  • All the nucleus members will write short papers on specific topics which will be published in the e-journal section of the WG website. Specific subjects to be covered by the individual members that are selected.
  • A further step to improve the WG website could be represented by the presentation of interesting cases and the video of the month. This possibility will be explored in the near future.

Educational courses

A decision was made to try to run a joint TAVI educational course in 2014 together with the ESC Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease. Another educational course will be prepared on myocardial revascularisation and should be done in 2015.

Guidelines participation

The nucleus members have been involved in the task forces of several European guidelines. More effort should be made in order to further increase their presence in the guidelines committees.  With regard to the new forthcoming European Guidelines, several Nucleus members expressed their willingness to be involved in those on valvular heart disease, myocardial revascularisation, non-cardiac surgery procedures and atrial fibrillation.

Spring Meeting

Participation at the European Heart House:  One Nucleus member will represent the Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery at the next ESC Spring Summit from 5-6 March 2013.