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Highlight: Scientific Session of interest at ESC 2012

By Professor Marco Roffi and Doctor Giulio Guagliumi, Chair and Co-Chair of the EAPCI Scientific Program Committee

Doctor Guagliumi and myself would like to take this opportunity, first of all, to thank all the members of the scientific program committee 2009-2011 for the hard work in reviewing and building sessions on behalf of EAPCI for ESC 2012 meeting. Similarly, we would like to thank all the EAPCI members who have made session proposals. Their contribution was impressive. 42 sessions were submitted on behalf of EAPCI, including 32 by EAPCI Scientific committee. A total of 19 sessions were selected by the ESC program committee. This year, as you may know, most scientific sessions were arranged by topics in themed village. A special focus of interest for EAPCI members will be at Village 6, addressing endovascular interventions, peripheral circulation, stroke and surgery as well as the FOCUS imaging and interventions sessions. The coordinator of these activities is Eric Eeckhout from Lausanne, Switzerland.

The activities at Village 6 will start already on Saturday morning, 25 August, with Symposia on Primary PCI and Vascular risk prediction.
On Sunday 26 August, topics handled will include renal, carotid and peripheral intervention as well as coronary fraction of flow reserve, CTO and left main interventions. Monday, the focus will on percutaneous mitral valve repair as well as multi vessels disease. On Tuesday, main session will focus on burning issues in PCI and clinical seminars will address transradial interventions and the management of acute aortic syndromes. Wednesday will be left for renal denervation and controversy in PCI. In addition, a total of 10 FOCUS sessions are foreseen, going from imaging to complication during interventions to pitfall the ECG interpretation to TAVI to renal denervation.

Finally, several guidelines addressing interventional topics will be presented at the ESC 2012, such as the ESC/EACTS guidelines on the management of valve disease (Sunday morning), the ESC STEMI guidelines (Monday morning), as well as the joined ESC, ACCF, AHA, WHF third universal definition of myocardial infarction (Monday afternoon). As you see, a lot of excitement is to be expected for the ESC 2012 from the interventional side. We hope that you will enjoy this and we hope to meet you there.

Professor Marco Roffi 
Doctor Giulio Guagliumi
 EAPCI Scientific Program Committee