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Testimonials from ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021

Jokob Josiassen - Young Investigator Award Winner 2021

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Abstract summary:

In a large porcine model, we compared a pharmacologic vasoactive strategy versus treatment with the Impella RP in profound cardiogenic shock caused by acute ischaemic occlusion of the right coronary artery. Our results suggest that treatment with the Impella RP provided better unloading of the failing right ventricle. The vasoactive treatment, however, caused a significantly higher increase in cerebral venous oxygen saturation, while both interventions increased renal perfusion to a similar degree.


I graduated from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, in 2018. In June 2021 I was awarded the PhD degree based on a project assessing acute myocardial infarction-related cardiogenic shock in translational and registry-based settings. The project is a collaboration between Odense Unviersity Hospital and Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet in Denmark. During this period, I have been participating in the coalition of young researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet where I acted as president from 2019-2020. Currently I am doing my first years of clinical training and still working with both clinical, translational and registry-based research projects.

Testimonial of your experience at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021

Even though it was a shame that the pandemic forced the ACVC congress to go fully online in 2021, I was impressed of how well it worked out. It was obvious that both organizers and participants had put a lot of effort into making the virtual experience as close to “normal” as usual. That being said, I am very much looking forward to participating in person with researchers from all over the world at the Acute Cardiovascular Care congress in Marseille in 2022.

What do you think are the key benefits of submitting an abstract to Acute CardioVascular Care congress?

Sharing and discussing results with expert colleagues are an absolute key element in order to drive research forward. After my opinion the ACVC congress is the best forum to present your research in the field of acute cardiac care, as this annual event gather the most experienced clinicians and top researchers from all over the world.

Jakob Josiassen, age 31, currently in training, active in the critical cardiac care research group at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Mads Dam Lyhne - ACVC Research Prize Winner 2021

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Abstract summary:

Acute pulmonary embolism increase right ventricular afterload and decrease right ventricular function. Ino-dilators may oppose both. We investigated levosimendan, milrinone and dobutamine in an animal model of acute pulmonary embolism. Levosimendan and milrinone showed very favorable hemodynamic profiles.


Mads Dam Lyhne graduated as medical doctor from Aarhus University, Denmark in 2015. After residency, he has worked in cardiology and currently in anesthesiology with a clinical focus on hemodynamic deteriorations and therapeutic optimization.

During medical school, he started experimental research on right ventricular function and failure in a rat model. His PhD 2017-2020 focused on right ventricular function and support in acute pulmonary embolism in a porcine model aiming to investigate safe and effective interventions lowering right ventricular afterload. Mads is presently working on confirming these results in patients with acute pulmonary embolism.

Testimonial of your experience at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021

ESC ACC 2021 Congress was a magnificent experience. The 2020 congress was cancelled due to Covid-19 and organizing committees needed to adapt into virtual congresses. The ESC ACC 2021 was definitely the most well-organization virtual congress I have attended so far. Furthermore, I found many lectures of high quality and importance. Though I did miss a physical congress with better opportunities to network, I also enjoyed the opportunity to be at home to put my kids to bed.


Mads Dam Lyhne, age 35, medical doctor

Department of Anesthesiology, Horsens Regional Hospital, Denmark; Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark; Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark.