To deliver documents and recommendations based on good clinical practice
To review and promote the implementation of the European Clinical Guidelines in our country
To promote education, advance of knowledge and research through meetings, courses, surveys, research projects and grants
Every 2 years, the Spanish Working Group on IHD organizes the International Symposium on Ischemic Heart Diseases. This symposium highlights what is new in the field inviting first-line international experts. Audience is composed by approximately 500 physicians and the symposium is accredited by EBAC and Spanish authorities. Former symposium was held in Oviedo in May 2012 (http://www.cisquemica.es/index.php/en/scientific-programme), and next will be held in Sevilla in May 2014.
In the last two decades, the Spanish Working Group on IHD has organised several temporary registries directed to ascertain the situation and variability in management for ACS patients in our country. The results of these records now serve as reference for the establishment of care in these patients, and can be found among others in the following publications:
In addition the Spanish WG on IHD has promoted several trials and studies such as: Bueno H, Betriu A, Heras M, Alonso JJ, Cequier A, García EJ, López-Sendón JL, Macaya C, Hernández-Antolín R; TRIANA Investigators. Primary angioplasty vs. fibrinolysis in very old patients with acute myocardial infarction: TRIANA (TRatamiento del Infarto Agudo de miocardio eN Ancianos) randomized trial and pooled analysis with previous studies. Eur Heart J. 2011 Jan;32(1):51-60.
Every year, a competitive research grant for young cardiologists in a foreign cardiovascular center is supported by our Working Group .
Delivery and access to primary angioplasty for STEMI patients in our country have been in the European lowest position during the past years. This has been mainly attributed to a lack of organisation more than a lack of resources. With this background, Spain joined the Stent for Life initiative in February 2010 with very good results. In 2012, over half of the Spanish regions have organized STEMI networks and the proportion of patients undergoing early coronary reperfusion has increased by means of an exponential grow of primary angioplasty.
The proportion of Acute Cardiac Care units led by cardiologists in our country is lower than that seen in other European countries. In Spain, many of these units are staffed by intensive care physicians whose criteria and interests may frequently be or not be convergent with cardiologist's. Improving the training and motivation in our young cardiologists will increase clinical vocations and help to equilibrate this situation in our country.
To promote knowledge and skills for managing acute cardiac diseases in our young cardiologists through training and certification programmes.To actively participate in scientific European initiatives, such as the ACCA annual congress and other meetings. To promote collaborative studies and registries in the field of acute cardiac care.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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