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Why is it important to organise a joint session with the Heart Failure Association of the ESC 

Heart Failure 2013

Topics: Heart Failure (HF)
Date: 28 May 2013

Carolyn Lam, Asian HF Network

The global burden of cardiovascular disease has shifted to Asia, where there’s now tremendous opportunity for HF research and improvements in clinical care. With the recent development of a novel multinational network of HF investigators across Asia (the ASIAN-HF network) backed by strong support from the National Heart Associations within the region (ASEAN Federation of Cardiology, Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology), it’s a prime time for us now to be forging links with the well-established Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC. Joint sessions provide the ideal platform for exchanging ideas and establishing closer links in research, education and clinical initiatives.

José R González-Juanatey, Spanish Society of Cardiology  

As a member of the ESC it’s a great honour for the Spanish Society of Cardiology to contribute. The Joint Session gives us the opportunity to discuss with other European cardiologists the role of heart transplantation and networks of heart failure, two topics where our country has much experience.

Tom Force, Heart Failure Society America

The Joint Sessions are in some way a relic from the past when clinical practice patterns differed between the US and Europe. Then there were debates (occasionally heated), that were not only entertaining, but allowed us to see different points of view. Today the issues are not so contentious, but the initiative still allows us to work together on specific topics and fosters communications between our two societies, which to my mind is a very good thing.

Dulce Brito, Portuguese Society of Cardiology

Joint sessions help promote an exchange of views between national and ESC experts on subjects such as investigations, diagnosis, clinics and therapy related to cardiology. Such sessions offer an excellent opportunity to understand more about why national policies can differ from European guidelines, and the reasons behind regional variations. On the one hand this can be due to structural, technical or financial differences; while on the other it could be due to insufficient education.

Fernando Bacal, Brazilian Society of Cardiology

The Joint Symposium provides an opportunity for discussions of protocols, registries and guidelines that reflect both the individuality and socio-economic conditions of each population, and help to achieve more uniform medical treatments. The theme for our Joint Symposium is co morbidities, a subject that’s very important for all patients with heart failure because it has a huge impact on morbidity and mortality.

Mitsuaki Isobe, Japanese Heart Failure Society

In Joint sessions we think it’s really valuable to develop academic exchanges between Japan, Europe and the US in fields of mutual interest. This is of enormous value in the development of safe and effective new treatments for heart failure.