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'From alpha to omega' is a fitting theme for this year’s congress. President of the HFA, Professor Petar M Seferović (University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia) says “Heart Failure 2019 is based on the interests of a broad range of healthcare professionals from all over the world.” To meet the needs of all delegates, strategies for a universal approach towards the prevention and treatment of heart failure are discussed in a diverse yet comprehensive programme devised by the Scientific Programme Committee,
led by its Chair and local host, Professor Gerasimos Filippatos (Athens University Hospital Attikon, Athens, Greece)Cutting-edge updates on the management of acute heart failure will be covered at today’s dedicated event, the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, featuring symposia, educational and abstract sessions. There will also be a late-breaking session on acute heart failure, as well as on chronic heart failure, devices and registries. Further exploring the needs of different patient groups, Heart Failure 2019 will have sessions on heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and presentations discussing heart failure with mid-range ejection fraction, where treatment options are currently limited.
“Our aim is to cover the heart failure curriculum but also to encompass areas important for heart failure experts, such as the latest developments in devices, imaging and advanced heart failure.”
New for Heart Failure 2019 are two sessions entitled ‘Parade of devices’. Prof. Filippatos explains, “Devices are an indispensable part of modern heart failure management. The parades will be a way for all delegates, from every profession, to learn and understand what is currently available in everyday clinical practice and what may be available in the future.” Prof. Filippatos also highlights this year’s Grand Debates which will involve lively discussions on current controversies: transcatheter aortic valve implantation in lowrisk patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis, transcatheter mitral valve repair in patients with functional mitral regurgitation, and catheter ablation in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
Back this year are the popular ‘Off the record’ sessions, which give delegates the opportunity to have informal discussions with world-renowned heart failure specialists on a variety of topics of interests. “Clinical cases are an important way for us all to learn and exchange,” Prof. Filippatos continues. “At Heart Failure 2019, we will have clinical case sessions co-ordinated by the Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow (HoT) and there will also be a Virtual Case Area where real-life cases can be reviewed on an interactive digital simulator during coffee breaks.”
In the Local Track, Greek experts will chair six symposia on a range of topics from inflammation in heart failure to managing psychosocial and CNS disorders in heart failure. As always, the basic science–translational track showcases the latest updates and provides a forum for basic scientists and clinicians to work together to better understand disease pathophysiology. At the other end of the spectrum, a joint session with the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) will discuss palliative and end-of-life care.
The annual HFA Career Cafe, which has three sessions during this year’s congress, will also be a place for those in the early stages of their career to gain guidance and mentorship from experts who are well travelled in their heart failure professional pathway.
Prof. Filippatos concludes, “From alpha to omega, we hope the programme will provide interest for everyone. With so many activities, we have daily wrap-ups on ESC TV and a ‘Heart Failure 2019 Highlights’ session on Tuesday to ensure that delegates leave withall the key takeaway information from this full and exciting programme.”
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