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Join us next year in the 2017 ‘capital of heart failure’!

Heart Failure 2016 Congress News

Alexandre Mebazaa (Hôpital Lariboisiere, Paris, France)

Paris, the city of light, will become the world capital of heart failure for a few days next year, when it hosts the Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure between 29 April and 2 May.

It is anticipated that more than 5000 heart failure specialists and related healthcare professionals will attend more than 100 scientific sessions among a wide range of symposia, debates and Meet the Expert, How-To and Clinical Interactive sessions, as well as abstract sessions presenting original scientific research.

Experts from around the world will bring the latest updates and clinical evidence to show how clinicians can improve the quality of life and longevity of patients through improved heart failure prevention, diagnosis and management.

Alexandre Mebazaa (Hôpital Lariboisiere, Paris, France), Scientific Chairperson for Heart Failure 2017, told Heart Failure Congress News that there will be several strands to the meeting, that reflect the main theme: Heart Failure: rendez-vous with the future. One such strand is that, during the time of the conference, Paris will be “the capital of the world for heart failure”.

Aiming to make everyone from the global heart failure community to “feel at home” in Paris, there will be sessions featuring cardiologists and heart failure specialists from the Asia–Pacific region, Latin America, the USA, Africa and, of course, Europe. The idea, Prof. Mebazaa said, is that, alongside discussing heart failure, delegates will be able to meet and talk about heart failure with people from their continent and from other regions of the world.

A second focus will be the young. Drawing on the Heart Failure of Tomorrow (HoT) network, medical students from across Europe will be shown that heart failure is the subspecialty within cardiology that “is growing the most”, and that residents can have a productive and stimulating career in this expanding area.

“Why?” Prof. Mebazaa asked. “Because we have new drugs, we have new devices. By working in heart failure, we are also open to the other organs, like the lungs, kidneys and liver, and we are open to other professionals, like emergency physicians, intensivists, psychologists, cardiac surgeons and nurses.”

He emphasised that, for young healthcare professionals and trainees, looking at a career in heart failure “makes sense” and is “really smart to do”.

A third aspect of Heart Failure 2017 will be “to remind everyone that heart failure is not only about looking after the heart but about looking after all the other vital organs”, Prof. Mebazaa noted.

By working with clinicians from other specialties, heart failure specialists can, by improving the health of the failing heart, improve the health of all the other major organs, Prof. Mebazaa observed.