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EuroPrevent 2019: Bringing the latest developments in preventive cardiology to Lisbon

EuroPrevent Congress News - Lisbon

Risk Factors, Prevention, Rehabilitation, Sports Cardiology


a-abreu-2019.jpg“It is a great pleasure and honour to have EuroPrevent 2019 here in Lisbon,” said Professor Ana Abreu, local host and Co-Chair of the EAPC Congress Programme Committee. “We are very glad the city has been chosen as the stage for EuroPrevent and we would like to welcome all our delegates—cardiologists, general practitioners, allied health professionals, basic scientists and young researchers—to the largest European meeting on preventive cardiology.

 

schmid-jp-2019.jpgAdding his welcome, Chair of the EAPC Congress Programme Committee, Professor Jean-Paul Schmid said, “Over the next three days, leading experts from all over the world will come together in an interactive forum to present their research and share knowledge, with educational courses and scientific symposia covering a broad spectrum of topics across cardiovascular (CV) prevention and rehabilitation. We have two ‘masterclass’ sessions that provide an informative and educational deep-dive into specific topics.

One masterclass series will cover aspects of diabetes and CV risk, from epidemiology to biological mechanisms to risk factor management. The other will look at stroke prevention, reviewing epidemiology, determinants and management of patients with atrial fibrillation. We will also have four ‘how-to’ sessions, which provide practical information to address important topics: improving lifestyle, setting up and optimising cardiac rehabilitation programmes, exercising with CV disease (CVD) and other difficult issues in sports cardiology.”

Prof. Schmid continued, “We will gain some interesting insights into country-specific patient management with four joint sessions—we look forward to hearing presentations from representatives of the Brazilian Ergometry Association, the Japanese Society of Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Portuguese Society of Cardiology and the Saudi Group for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.”

We hope that this year’s programme has something for everyone,” Prof. Schmid explained. “Highlights include a symposium on reducing CV risk during mass endurance races—as part of this session, we will hear from Doctor Aaron Baggish with some lessons from the Boston Marathon. A symposium that may particularly appeal to general cardiologists will deal with managing patients at high CV risk, with a consideration of guidelines and real-life practice. For those with a special interest in cardiac rehabilitation, we have a symposium on the role of exercise in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, where some interesting new findings will be presented and discussed. Following on from the masterclass in stroke prevention, we have a symposium on the heart-brain axis to increase our understanding of brain vascular health. Adding to the breadth of the congress, we have a translational-clinical symposium on targeting inflammation in atherosclerosis, which will look at the role of exercise, omega-3 fatty acids, PCSK9 inhibitors and future directions for prevention and treatment.”

Prof. Abreu concluded, “This congress on preventive cardiology will also address the benefits of adopting a healthy and active lifestyle and yet, as we will discuss, inactivity is still common in many people’s everyday lives. To provide us with the opportunity to increase movement, exercise and relaxation, we have introduced yoga and dance into this year’s programme. And to finish, we have created a special public event, with the help of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology, which will include a scenic bike tour, taking in some of the city’s historical and gastronomic highlights. Lisbon is a lively, vibrant city that is full of culture and heritage, which we hope will contribute towards the success of EuroPrevent 2019.”

 

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