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Looking ahead: Vienna to host EuroEcho 2019


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Prof. Jutta Bergler-Klein

Professor Jutta Bergler-Klein (Medical University of Vienna, Austria), Deputy Editor of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging, is delighted to be a local host for next year’s congress: “Many international and European congresses have been held in Vienna, including the recent Heart Failure 2018 & World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, and it is very well equipped to host EuroEcho 2019.

Messe Wien Congress Centre is centrally located, with many first-rate hotels nearby, and is well served by public transport and close proximity to Vienna International Airport.  Besides the exciting science we always find at EACVI congresses, for the evenings, there will be the wonderful Christmas markets and cultural offerings to enjoy at our world-renowned theatres and concert halls. We know you will love staying in our beautiful, friendly and safe city.”

Prof. Bergler-Klein described some of the history of medicine in Vienna, which dates back to the Middle Ages. More recently, in the 19th century, the Medical University of Vienna was the birthplace of specialised medicine and it remains a prime location for state-of-the art medicine, particularly cardiac imaging and interventional cardiology. “Over 13,000 patients are seen in the echocardiography lab of the AKH General Hospital of Vienna every year—there is certainly certainly a lot of great imaging expertise here in Vienna,” said Prof. Bergler-Klein.

What can we expect from EuroEcho 2019? “The format will be similar to previous meetings, with sessions featuring high-edge lectures from experts in different fields of cardiac imaging. There will also be many practical courses in which participants will have ‘hands-on’ opportunities to try zut different cardiac imaging machines and methodologies.”

Professor Thor Edvardsen, EACVI President 2018–2020, added his enthusiasm to preparations for EuroEcho 2019. “We have already chosen the main topics for the congress–cardiomyopathies and imaging in acute cardiac care–we hope these themes will attract a lot of delegates, including not only cardiologists, but many different specialities.”

Prof. Bergler-Klein explained, “Imaging is vital in every area of cardiology and any number of topics could have been chosen. In patients in the acute cardiac setting and in those with cardiomyopathies, echocardiography is particularly key for rapid accurate diagnosis and treatment direction, and its role continues to grow. Given the immense importance of echocardiography and multimodality imaging, we need excellent training and to keep abreast of the many amazing advances.”

Please join us at EuroEcho 2019 in Vienna for cutting-edge research and hands-on training as imaging modalities continue to rapidly evolve and grow in importance.”