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Heart Failure 2019: From alpha to omega

Heart Failure

Gerasimos Filippatos.jpgProf. Gerasimos Filippatos

“Heart Failure 2019—it’s closer than you think!” These are the words of HFA Immediate Past-President and Heart Failure 2019 Congress Chair, Professor Gerasimos Filippatos (Athens University Hospital, Attikon, Athens, Greece).

“As Heart Failure 2018 enters its final day, I urge delegates to sit down, clear their minds and take a little time to look at what we have planned for Heart Failure 2019 and the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure,” he says. Prof. Filippatos is understandably excited. “It is a huge honour for Athens to host HFA’s prestigious annual congress,” he says, delighted that it is returning to the site of its 2014 meeting and his own institute. “We have chosen the bold theme ‘From alpha to omega’ for Heart Failure 2019 and I can promise delegates a cutting-edge programme that will bring the latest scientific and clinical developments across the spectrum of heart failure to all healthcare practitioners involved in its management.” He is careful to stress the word ‘all’. “Heart failure management is a team effort and we want to improve the knowledge and practice not just of heart failure specialists but of everyone in the team, including internists, emergency room doctors, nurses and general practitioners,” he says.

“Along with in-depth discussions of new treatment guidelines, we will be offering practical tips and tricks that will help healthcare workers to achieve better practice.”

Delegates can be assured that many of the staples of Heart Failure congresses will feature at the 2019 meeting but HFA knows that evolution is essential to success and delegates can expect to see what the association feels confident will be some improvements. “Disappointments with treatment approaches have taught us that we need a better understanding of why heart failure develops and progresses. Addition to the scientific programme of a dedicated track for translational research—from bench to bedside and back—will help us to build our knowledge of the pathophysiology of the disease,” says Prof. Filippatos. “We will also be looking in more detail at structural heart disease and revascularisation.” At this stage, the programme is still under discussion and a review of Heart Failure 2018 will form a vital part of its construction. “We will be evaluating 2018’s congress with a view to seeing what worked or didn’t work, what delegates liked and didn’t like and what can be adjusted, added or removed, so that we can create a programme that meets the needs of our members and, ultimately, their patients,” he says. Prof. Filippatos is looking forward to welcoming delegates to Heart Failure 2019 and is proud to show off the beautiful and historic city of Athens, which he describes as “magnificent in May.” Surrounded by attractive gardens, the congress venue—the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre—is conveniently situated close to the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport. All these aspects will combine to provide delegates with a stimulating and enjoyable congress experience. “Heart Failure 2019 is going to be special,” says Prof. Filippatos, “Make sure you don’t miss it.”