Doctor Jennifer Jones, Congress Programme Committee Chair, welcomes all delegates to EuroHeartCare 2019—the first annual congress since ACNAP was formed. Dr. Jones describes the overarching objectives of the full and varied scientific sessions:
“One of our main goals is to focus on interdisciplinary care, service integration and innovations, and to ensure a strong presence of allied professionals.”
“This year’s programme includes a major theme around enabling cardiovascular (CV) health and wellness. At the session on dietary controversies, we will discuss how to ensure clarity in terms of the dietary advice given to patients and the public. A masterclass will be held on lifestyle approaches to managing CV disease (CVD) that will cover how lifestyle changes can improve cholesterol and blood pressure, how sleep can influence CV health and important advances in the physical activity space. We will gain more insight into risk estimation and how to communicate risk in a joint session with the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC). Another important topic that will be covered relates to practical approaches to optimise psychosocial health in CV care, for example, internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy to manage depression. A symposium on patient and caregiver involvement will look at their key contributions to maximising CV health outcomes and impact, both individually and societally.”
“A range of sessions will focus on how outcomes can be optimised among different patient groups, for example, there will be symposia on advances in interventional cardiology and in transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Another session will discuss frailty as a CV risk factor and adjusting care to enhance optimal outcomes in elderly patients. Some of the enormous opportunities for nurses and allied professionals will be discussed in a symposium on cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, a ‘how-to’ session will describe the latest advances in diabetes and a joint session with the Heart Failure Association (HFA) will cover ways to manage diabetes in patients with heart failure.”
Dr. Jones concluded, “In line with the nature of contemporary CV care, the programme has been designed to have advanced clinical practice and interdisciplinary working at the forefront. Through the diverse programme and with the faculty of world-leading experts, we hope you will gain valuable insight into current challenges and latest advances so we can all learn how to tackle the complexity of CV care more effectively together.”
Our local hosts also added their warm welcome to delegates from around the world. Associate Professor Ercole Vellone describes how Italian CV nursing science has grown exponentially during the last 10 years and thinks “now is the right time to host EuroHeartCare in Italy, to share ourdevelopment and use our energy to move science and practice forward.”
Doctor Donatella Radini is Chair of a Special Session on Saturday about CV nursing in Italy. She insists that much effort has been made all over Europe to improve the management of patients suffering from CV diseases, to promote continuity of care, effective collaboration between the hospital and the community, and a multidisciplinary integrated holistic approach with carefully selected appropriate management strategies.
Doctor Claudia Carzaniga, President of the Gruppo Italiano Infermieri di Area Cardiovascolare (GITIC), thanks ACNAP for choosing Italy, saying that “EuroHeartCare is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, stay updated on issues of significant professional interest, share problems, create synergies and interact with individuals from different cardiovascular allied professions.”