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Arteries, from head to toe

Training course of the Working Group on Aorta & Peripheral Vascular Diseases

A rich training program including Interactive Cases & Hands-on Training Sessions for an updated management of peripheral artery diseases.

Over the last few years, the Working Group on Aorta & Peripheral Vascular Diseases has boosted its activities thanks to its pivotal role in the development of the 2011 and 2017 ESC Guidelines on Peripheral Arterial Diseases, and the production of highly cited position papers and consensus documents.

Recently, the Working Group has moved on organizing educational initiatives, including live webinars and its first Educational Training Programme "Arteries, from head to toe".

Course objectives

The Educational Training Programme provided physicians with up-to-date knowledge of peripheral artery disease in order to guide management.

Eight sessions were provided including hands-on sessions with the purpose of:

  • Clarifying diagnostic processes, including differential diagnoses
  • Giving a critical review of revascularization strategies
  • Describing current guidelines about medical and invasive therapies
  • Reviewing the basics of ABI assessment and vascular imaging


Scientific Coordinators

  • Marco De Carlo , MD, PhD, FESC Chair
  • Victor Aboyans, MD, PhD, FESC Vice-Chair
  • Lucia Mazzolai, MD, PhD, FESC Secretary and ETP coordinator

Friday 28 September

13:00-13:15 - Welcome and introduction to the Educational Training Programme

Session 1 - Carotid artery stenosis

13:15-13:30: Interactive Case 1: a patient with carotid stenosis

13:30-14:00: Lecture: management of symptomatic stenosis

14:00-14:30: Lecture: anti-thrombotics and carotid artery disease

14:30-15:00: Lecture: Carotid artery - a window to assess the cardiovascular risk

15:020-15:15: Wrap-up of case 1

Session 2 - Management of lower extremity artery disease

15:30-15:45: Interactive Case 2: a patient with intermittent claudication

14:45-16:15: Lecture: Exercise training

16:15-16:45: Lecture : Revascularization

16:45-17:15: Lecture: Antithrombotics and LEAD

17:15-17:30: Wrap-up of case 2

Session 3 - Multisite artery disease

17:45-18:00: Interactive Case 3: a patient scheduled for CABG with asymptomatic carotid stenosis

18:00-18:30: Lecture: screening for multisite artery disease

18:30-18:45: Wrap-up of case 3

Saturday 29 September

08:15-08:30: Introduction to the Programme of the day

Session 4 - Hands-on session-LEAD: vascular assessment

08:30-09:30: ABI, TBI, tcPO2 (subgroups)

09:40-10:40: CT and MRI imaging of carotid and LEAD 

Session 5 - Hands-on session-Vascular imaging

10:50-11:50: Carotid US: basics Tips & Tricks (subgroups)

12:00-13:00: Lower extremity artery US: basics, Tips &Tricks (subgroups)

Session 7 - Cardiac conditions in peripheral arterial disease

14:15-14:45: Interactive case 3: a patient with heart failure and LEAD

14:45-15:15: Lecture: 2017 ESC Guidelines on cardiac conditions and peripheral arterial disease

Session 8: Still some road ahead

15:15-15:45: LEAD and carotid disease: Gaps in evidence

15:45-16:00: Closing remarks

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