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Arteries, from head to toe

Training course of the Working Group on Aorta & Peripheral Vascular Diseases

28/09/2018 13:00 29/09/2018 16:00 Europe/Paris Arteries, from head to toe

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ESC Working Group on Aorta & Peripheral Vascular Diseases DD/MM/YYYY
Diseases of the Aorta
Peripheral Vascular and Cerebrovascular Disease


A rich training program including Interactive Cases & Hands-on Training Sessions for an updated management of peripheral artery diseases


Focus on

Topics covered in the Programme include:

  • Management of carotid stenosis
  • Management of lower extremity artery disease: Exercise training, best medical therapy, and revascularization
  • Screening for and management of multisite artery disease
  • Cardiac conditions in peripheral arterial disease
  • Focus on antithrombotic treatment in peripheral arterial disease
  • Hands-on vascular assessment and imaging: ABI, Doppler ultrasound of carotid and lower extremity arteries-tips and tricks

Over the last few years, the Working Group on Aorta & Peripheral Vascular Diseases has boosted its activities thanks to its pivotal role in the development of the 2011 and 2017 ESC Guidelines on Peripheral Arterial Diseases, and the production of highly cited position papers and consensus documents.

Recently, the Working Group has moved on organizing educational initiatives, including live webinars, and is now ready to launch its first Educational Training Programme "Arteries, from head to toe".

Course objectives

The Educational Training Programme aims to provide physicians with up-to-date knowledge of peripheral artery disease in order to guide management.

Eight sessions will aim at:

  • Clarifying diagnostic processes, including differential diagnoses
  • Giving critical review of revascularization strategies
  • Describing current guidelines about medical and invasive therapies
  • Reviewing the basics of ABI assessment and vascular imaging

Preliminary Programme

Scientific Coordinators

  • Marco De Carlo , MD, PhD, FESC Chair
  • Victor Aboyans, MD, PhD, FESC Vice-Chair
  • Lucia Mazzolai, MD, PhD, FESC Secretary and ETP coordinator

Friday 28 September

13:00-13:15 - Welcome and introduction to Educational Training Programme

Session 1 - Carotid artery stenosis

13:15-13:30: Interactive Case 1: a patient with carotid stenosis

13:30-14:00: Lecture: management of symptomatic stenosis

14:00-14:30: Lecture: anti-thrombotics and carotid artery disease

14:30-15:00: Lecture: Carotid artery - a window to assess the cardiovascular risk

15:020-15:15: Wrap-up of case 1


Session 2 - Management of lower extremity artery disease

15:30-15:45: Interactive Case 2: a patient with intermittent claudication

14:45-16:15: Lecture: Exercise training

16:15-16:45: Lecture : Revascularization

16:45-17:15: Lecture: Antithrombotics and LEAD

17:15-17:30: Wrap-up of case 2

Break Session 3 - Multisite artery disease

17:45-18:00: Interactive Case 3: a patient scheduled for CABG with asymptomatic carotid stenosis

18:00-18:30: Lecture: screening for multisite artery disease

18:30-18:45: Wrap-up of case 3

Saturday 29 September

08:15-08:30: Introduction to the Programme of the day

Session 4 - Hands-on session-LEAD: vascular assessment

08:30-09:30: ABI, TBI, tcPO2 (subgroups)

09:40-10:40: CT and MRI imaging of carotid and LEAD 


Session 5 - Hands-on session-Vascular imaging

10:50-11:50: Carotid US: basics Tips & Tricks (subgroups)

12:00-13:00: Lower extremity artery US: basics, Tips &Tricks (subgroups)

Lunch Session 7 - Cardiac conditions in peripheral arterial disease

14:15-14:45: Interactive case 3: a patient with heart failure and LEAD

14:45-15:15: Lecture: 2017 ESC Guidelines on cardiac conditions and peripheral arterial disease

Session 8: Still some road ahead

15:15-15:45: LEAD and carotid disease: Gaps in evidence

15:45-16:00: Closing remarks

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Travel Grants

A minimum of 10 travel grants will be awarded by the organising scientific committee of the Working Group.
Applicants for the travel grant must be registered to the course and, if not member yet, have applied to become member of the Working Group.
Travel grantees will be refunded after the course, upon expense claim up to 250 Euros (travel only).

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Hospitality costs are covered by the ESC Working Group on Aorta & Peripheral Vascular Diseases. Registered participants will be accommodated at the Courtyard Brussels EU Hotel, Rue Joseph II 32, Brussels 1000 Belgium.

Seats and deadlines

Due to limited seats, only the first 55 registered participants will be accepted.

Registration will be open from 16 July to 25 September 2018.


Standard: 250€

Working Group Members: 200€

Students / PhD: 150€


uems-logo.pngThe Educational Training Programme "Arteries, from head to toe" will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for accreditation.

The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),


Attendance certificates for participants will be provided upon request.

Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

Find information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA creditLive educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.