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From the EuroPrevent Career Cafe to a new training course in Ukraine

Interview with Dr Hryhoriy Kyyak

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

You attended the EAPC Career café in Malaga: Did it provide opportunities for your career?

Yes, sure it did! At the Career café, I got the opportunity to meet leading specialists of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC). I received valuable tips and personal understanding on how to implement contemporary prevention and treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Acquaintance with Ana Abreu, chair of the EAPC Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) section, was very useful as I obtained utmost support in my endeavours and inspiration to move forward.

Why did you decide to attend the CR course in Bern?

Professor Hugo Saner, whom I met during the EuroPrevent meeting in Nice, recommended attending the CR course in Bern as a way of achieving information and practice tools of primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

What did you learn from this course?

I was impressed of the results of modern supervised exercise training in patients after acute coronary syndrome, which definitely improves prognosis of coronary artery disease. I got experience in exercise stress testing and exercise prescription for patients with and without heart failure. I received tools of cardiovascular risk assessment and guidelines for optimal medical therapy. The course included very useful lectures considering sports cardiology.

What motivated you to organise an EAPC event in your country?

My own motivation is to acquaint our specialists with the modern European approaches in CR. It is a great honour for us to host the course in Lviv (Ukraine) under direct guidance of Prof. Hugo Saner, who took precious care of each step of the course organisation and built up of the international team for the course.
Besides we are very grateful to Professor Ana Abreu for her incentive and support to this CR Course. The scientific programme is endorsed by EAPC.
Besides, I am very thankful to our local Ukrainian Zagoriy family foundation for the significant support in the organisation of this important event.

Could you give 2 reasons for an EAPC member to attend the CR course in Ukraine?

  1. The CR course in Lviv will give guidelines on how to implement and provide a modern preventive program including cardiac rehabilitation and also will be the platform for acquaintance with European experts in the field of cardiac rehabilitation.
  2. Participants will discover the cosy historical European city Lviv and those who plan to stay until Saturday morning can join our healthy 15 km run or 5 km healthy walk through Lviv downtown.


Note: The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology