The Hungarian Society of Cardiology (HSC) held its 2013 Annual Congress, in Balatonfüred, at the Lake Balaton (8-11 May 2013), where it welcomed a new President and awarded medals of achievement to eminent guests.
In 2012 the earlier HSC Presidents were awarded with the “HSC Golden Medal”. This year the board members who worked for the Hungarian Society of Cardiology during several terms were awarded with the “HSC Silver Medal” .
As all the three ESC Presidents (Prof. Panos Vardas, ESC President, Prof. Fausto Pinto, ESC President-Elect and Prof. Michel Komajda, ESC Past President) participated in the Opening Ceremony, Professor Béla Merkely and the HSC Board had the opportunity to thank them for their support. As Honorary Members of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology, they have been handed over the HSC’s highest distinction, the Gold Medal.
Also four internationally recognized cardiologists were awarded Honorary Members of the Society: Prof. Fausto Pinto, ESC President-Elect; Prof. Robert Hatala, the internationally well-known arrhythmologist; Rosa Sicari, the expert of heart ultrasound; and George Radda, the recognized researcher of molecular cardiac imaging. They received the Pro Merito Medal and then held their scientific lectures.
In his lecture Prof. Panos Vardas presented a lecture about “ESC Priorities and the National Cardiac Societies” and mentioned that the Hungarian Society of Cardiology is one of the most active ESC National Cardiac Societies. Prof. Fausto Pinto talked about “The Role of National Cadiac Societies in Good Clinical Practice” and Prof. Michel Komajda presented the Closing Remarks. He spoke appreciatively about the new honorary members and in general, the “very selected club” of honorary members of HSC and also congratulated Prof. Róbert Gábor Kiss for his new position as President of the HSC: "If Prof. Kiss conducts his society as he drives his car, there is no doubt that he will have a successful term!"The scientific program of the Congress consisted of 202 oral and 30 poster abstract presentations. In addition more than 50 symposia were organized by industries and the working groups covered all aspects of cardiology including pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery. The series of "Frontiers in Cardiology", that started the last year were recured this year within the theme of "Heart and the Kidneys". As a new initiative, the "International Forum of Young Cardiologists" was introduced this year. Young cardiologists from different European countries presented their basic or clinical researches together with their Hungarian colleagues. Another topic of key importance was the organisation and achievement of acute myocardial infarction’s care that is of European level. The current high priority project of the HSC is the reduction of patients’ hesitation time. In order to reach this goal the Society made a TV and radio spot.
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