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Welcome to the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure 

Date: 17 May 2014

The World Congress on Acute Heart Failure offers a great opportunity for several specialties, including cardiologists and emergency physicians, to come together to share their views on Acute Heart Failure (AHF). AHF is a deadly disease that still carries a higher mortality rate than many diseases including most cancers. In addition, AHF has one of the highest rates of hospitalization, with patients often not ‘cured’ by their index hospitalisation and requiring re admittance within the following few weeks. Such aspects demonstrate the need for emergency physicians, general practitioners and cardiologists to work together in tandem.

Treatments for AHF have hardly changed over the last decade. Though research is growing in the field of AHF few trials have proved positive, including the recent RELAX trial. Results of the latest large trials and registries will be presented today during the Late-Breaking Session dedicated to AHF (10:30-12:00, Mitropoulos lecture rooms). The World Congress on Acute Heart Failure attracts health professionals and players involved in AHF management. Indeed, AHF patients are seen by cardiologists, emergency physicians, intensivists, cardiac surgeons, general practitioners, internists and nurses. All these professionals are present in Athens to share their expertise and experiences with you. Heart Failure Association (HFA) is proud to present the first edition of the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, a unique opportunity to bring visibility to AHF. The World Congress on Acute Heart Failure has been organised by HFA in collaboration with the two largest Associations of Emergency Physicians: the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine of the US (SAEM) and the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM). The organising Committee of the First World Congress of Acute Heart Failure is truly international with key opinion leaders and presidents of heart failure working groups or societies from all around the globe present. The scientific programme of the first World Congress on Acute Heart Failure includes lectures, interactive sessions, meet the experts and the Late Breaking Trial session. Sessions cover the entire range of issues relating to AHF including diagnosis (8:30, Mitropoulos lecture room), how to manage calcium to improve inotropy (8:30, Aegean Sea lecture room), ways to improve everyday clinical practice (10:30 Aegean Sea lecture room), choosing between ventricular assist devices and transplant (10:30, Skalkotas lecture room), using devices in AHF (14:15 Aegean Sea lecture room), managing kidney (16:15, Aegean Sea lecture room), and post discharge assessments (16:15, Mitropoulos lecture room).

Many young physicians are anticipated to attend the World Congress of Acute Heart Failure, who will present their clinical, translational or basic research on AHF during the meeting. There will be plenty of opportunities for interactions with senior researchers to help further focus their research. Finally, combining the First World Congress on Acute Heart Failure with the Heart Failure Association meeting in Athens offers a great opportunity for young physicians and nurses involved in the HF field to meet colleagues from around the globe and learn more about the latest discoveries. 

Authors: Professor Alexandre Mebazaa
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine University of Paris Diderot, France