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ESC faculty presents education programme in Argentina

* Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for a third of all deaths in Argentina * Sharp increases in CVD risk factors among the Argentine population since 2005 * Levels of obesity, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are all rising

PRESS RELEASE 

Embargo:
3 October 2011
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Sophia Antipolis, 3 October 2011:  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for a third of all deaths in Argentina¹ and, according to recent data², there have been sharp increases in CVD risk factors among the Argentine population since 2005.  Levels of obesity, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are all rising while physical activity has become less popular – all of which suggests that Argentina’s CVD profile is following the European pattern.

Prevention


Against this backdrop, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is pleased to accept an invitation to deliver an educational programme at the XXXVII Annual Congress of the Argentine Society of Cardiology.  This meeting will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires from 2 to 4 October 2011.  The Argentine Society of Cardiology has 5,300 members and has been an affiliated society of the ESC since 2005.

International collaboration is a key objective of the ESC’s Global Scientific Activities (GSA) committee which has overseen the ESC response to the opportunity to attend.  A senior faculty from the ESC will present a series of practical case discussions jointly chaired with the Argentine Society of Cardiology. ESC’s educational programme³ at the congress is a dedicated one-day event on 3 October that provides an overview of its recent meetings and an insight into new and updated ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.  The programme also summarises the Ivabradine SHIFT trial (PDF) and considers treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation, peripheral artery disease, and non-STEMI heart attack (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction – a type of acute coronary syndrome).

The ESC will be represented by its President, Professor Michel Komajda, along with members of the ESC Board, and a number of eminent cardiologists that include authors of its most recent ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.  “CVD is a global challenge that will not be defeated by regional isolation,” said Professor Komajda.  “I am proud to be leading this joint initiative in which cardiologists from many of the ESC countries share their experiences with colleagues from Argentina.  This kind of exchange is the best way to create a truly international cardiology community, and builds on a long history of successful cooperation between the ESC and the Argentine Society of Cardiology.” 

Relevant risk factor statistics² of the adult population include the following:

  • Over 30% have high blood pressure
  • Almost 10% have diabetes
  • Over 60% are overweight, with 18% classed as obese
  • Around 27% are regular smokers
  • Over 50% are physically inactive

 
Almost 400 Argentine cardiologists attended the ESC Congress 2011 in Paris, and its members submitted 88 abstracts, of which 22 were selected.  Doctor Carlos Barerro, President of the Argentine Society of Cardiology, sees the relationship between the societies as significant.  “It is very important that we continue to exchange clinical experience and scientific knowledge,” he said.  “We hope that the education programme that ESC will deliver at the XXXVII Argentine Congress of Cardiology will provide a very useful overview of developments of new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.  We are also looking forward to an update of recent ESC meetings, and anticipate a productive dialogue between cardiologists with special emphasis on the local situation.”Almost 400 Argentine cardiologists attended the in Paris, and its members submitted 88 abstracts, of which 22 were selected.  , President of the Argentine Society of Cardiology, sees the relationship between the societies as significant.  “It is very important that we continue to exchange clinical experience and scientific knowledge,” he said.  “We hope that the education programme that ESC will deliver at the XXXVII Argentine Congress of Cardiology will provide a very useful overview of developments of new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.  We are also looking forward to an update of recent ESC meetings, and anticipate a productive dialogue between cardiologists with special emphasis on the local situation.”

The ESC’s GSA Committee was established to meet demand for ESC science and knowledge outside of Europe, to build closer ties with international cardiology organisations, and to extend the ESC mission beyond its traditional borders.  “We are very happy to have been invited to the Argentine Congress,” notes Professor Fausto Pinto, the ESC Vice-President responsible for National Societies and Affiliated Societies, and a member of the GSA Committee.  As well as sharing the knowledge and experience gained from our efforts to tackle Europe’s CVD challenge, we also expect to learn a great deal from our Argentine colleagues.”
ENDS

 

 

References

¹World Health Organization (PDF) and Pan American Health Organization (Health Situation Analysis and Trends Summary, Argentina)

² Argentine Society of Cardiology, National Survey of Risk Factors, 2009

³ The full ESC scientific programme to be presented at the Argentine Society of Cardiology Congress can be found here 

Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 71,200 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean.  Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

About the ESC Global Scientific Activities Committee
The ESC Global Scientific Activities (GSA) is a programme of international ESC educational courses, built around a global network of international partnerships.