Prof. Julinda Mahilli,
Dear EAPCI Members,
At the end of 2016, we look back on a year full of important studies and innovations in interventional cardiology focusing on bioresorbable vascular scaffold technology, revascularization strategies for left main coronary artery disease, antithrombotic treatment in patients in need of anticoagulation after percutaneous coronary intervention, broadening of the trans-catheter valve implantation indication to intermediate-risk patients and increasing use of different devices addressing mitral and tricuspid valve pathologies. The interventional cardiology of today has long expanded beyond simple percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty as it was performed from the pioneers at the end of the seventies. “40 years of PCI” is the spotlight of the ESC Congress 2017 in Barcelona. It will highlight the influence of PCI on all areas of cardiology. Furthermore, new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines – STEMI management, valvular heart disease, peripheral artery disease and focused update on dual antiplatelet therapy – majority of these relating to interventional cardiology will be released during the congress. For the members of our association, it is a great opportunity to contribute by sending an abstract. Here are some important dates for ESC Congress 2017: 14 February, abstract submission deadline; 1 March, clinical case submission deadline and 21 May, Late Breaking Science submission deadline.Village 5 will be dedicated to the topic of Interventions, the EAPCI Scientific Committee has actively contributed to the elaboration of the scientific & educational programme proposing sessions focused on tailored treatment of patients in need of revascularization and on current developments in percutaneous treatment of coronary and structural heart disease.
Let us all together, with our active contribution to ESC congress 2017, increase the visibility of our association and inspire young colleagues to choose the interventional cardiology career path! Wishing you all the best,
Professor Julinda MehilliCo-chair of the Scientific Programme and Congress CommitteeEuropean Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)2016-2018
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