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Everything you need to know about device therapy in acute cardiovascular disease

This programme is delivered by ACVC with the Scientific collaboration of many experts and key opinion leaders in the field as well as young ACVC Members.


Topic Speakers

Week 1: Optimal medical treatment following acute coronary syndrome anno 2024

Learning objective: to understand what has changed in the field of post-ACS antithrombotic therapy; an update following the current guidelines.

  • Moderator: Konstantin Krychtiuk (US/AT) 
  • Case presenter: Krishnaraj Rathod (UK)
  • Expert: Kurt Huber (AT)

Week 2: ICU management after cardiac arrest: what do we know?

Learning objective: What is the "optimal" post-arrest management in ICU; an insight from key recent hallmark trials.

  • Moderator:  Jan Belohlavek (CZ) 
  • Case presenter: Waqas Akhtar (UK)
  • Expert: Christian Hassager (DK)

Week 3: Cardiogenic shock: definition and escalation to Mechanical Circulatory Support

Learning objective: When to use which device, in which patient, and what escalation and de-escalation strategies are appropriate in the acute management of cardiogenic shock.

  • Moderator:  Christophe Vandenbriele (BE)
  • Case presenter: Sylwia SÅ‚awek-Szmyt (PL)
  • Expert: Federico Pappalardo  (IT) 

Week 4: Haemodynamic monitoring on the ICU in cardiogenic shock patients

Learning objective: Continuous bedside monitoring of critically ill cardiac patients in the ICU is crucial in managing medicated- and MCS-supported cardiogenic shock patients: a practical overview.

  • Moderator: Johannes Grand (DK)
  • Case presenter: Katarine Vardayan (AM)  
  • Expert: Anna Mara Scandroglio (IT)

Week 5: Cardiac imaging on the ICU in cardiogenic shock patients

Learning objective: Bedside echocardiography is the cornerstone in the management of cardiogenic shock patients and in the adequate positioning and correct functioning and weaning of MCS devices. Here we provide a practical overview of available data.


  • Moderator: Guido Tavazzi (IT)
  • Case presenter: Mario Gramegna (IT)
  • Expert: Susanna Price (UK)

Quiz week 4


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Contributors week 4

johannes Grand.jpgJohannes Grand,  is a medical doctor, researcher and clinician, holding a PhD, a master of public health. Specializing in acute and intensive care cardiology, he has made notable contributions in the areas of cardiac arrest and acute heart failure. His work is characterized by a strong focus on clinical research and pragmatic clinical trials.

Katarine.jpgKatarine Vardayan

Anna Mara Scandroglio.jpgAnna Mara Scandroglio, is the head of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit and of the advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support program of IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy. Her clinical and scientific activities are focused on critically ill patients affected by advanced heart failure, cardiogenic shock, cardiac arrest, and severe respiratory failure and on the use of extracorporeal life supports, especially ECMO and ventricular assist devices.  

Additional resources in the field 



ACVC Talks - Tips & Tricks

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

Consensus papers

ACVC Publications

Partners' resources


Course Directors

kurt-huber-2022.jpgKurt Huber, MD, FESC, FACC, FAHA, is director of the Department of Cardiology and intensive Care Medicine at the Clinic Ottakring, director of the Department of Cardiology at the Clinic Hietzing and Dean of Research and Professor for Acute and Interventional Cardiology at the Sigmund Freud University, Medical School, Vienna, Austria. He is an interventional cardiologist with over 35 years of experience.


Christophe VandenBriele.jpgChristophe Vandenbriele is a cardiologist and cardiac intensive care at the Heart Center OLV Aalst (Belgium) and at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals in London. He was trained in cardiac intensive care, in particular mechanical circulatory support.

Quiz and content 

Gal Tsaban.jpgGal Tsaban is currently working as an advanced echocardiography fellow at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA. He has completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine training at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, Israel.


Umit Yassar Sinan.jpgUmit Yasar Sinan is working as Associated Professor of Cardiology at Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa Institute of Cardiology.  He is also an academician at Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa Institute of Cardiology.

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Week 1

Week 2

Week 3