Dr. Daniel Jose Pineiro
This session was co-chaired by Prof. Stephan Felix (Greifswald, DE) and Prof. Daniel José Piñeiro (Buenos Aires, AR)
The aim of the session was to give an update of inflammatory, peripartum and Chagasic cardiomyopathies and endomyocardial fibrosis.It was the first time that it was held a joint session between the European Society of Cardiology and the Interamerican society of Cardiology during an ESC Congress.
Heinz-Peter SCHULTHEISS (Berlin, DE) gave an excellent overview of inflammatory cardiomyopathies and currents therapies. He emphasized that diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory cardiomyopathies requires assessment of viral infection and immunologic causes.
Karen SLIWA-HAHNLE (Cape Town, ZA) presented hints on diagnosis and management of peripartum cardiomyopathy. She highlighted the importance of treatment with inhibitors of prolactin (bromocriptine).
Antonio RIBEIRO (Belo Horizonte, BR) gave a well-balanced talk on Chagasic cardiomyopathy. It is caused by the infection of parasite Trypanosoma cruzi transmited by an insect (triatoma infestans) in South America, but is extended to many countries due to emigration of people. Twenty-five percent of the patients infected develop cardiac involvement, characterized by abnormalities of the conduction system, arrhythmias, left ventricular aneurism, heart failure and thromboembolism.
Ricardo MIGLIORE (San Martin, AR) reported on endomyocardial fibrosis. This cardiomyopathy has two forms: Loeffler´s endocarditis and Davies´s disease which probably represent the spectrum of the same pathologic process. Fibrothrombosis of the apex and subvalvular regions are common as well as diastolic dysfunction with progression to global heart failure.
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