Interventional procedures and cardiothoracic surgery feature prominently at SA Heart Congress 2015, to take place from Sunday, 25 – Wednesday 28, October at Sun City in the North West province.
Held under the auspices of the SA Society of Cardiovascular Intervention (SASCI), the adult interventional stream at the congress features four prominent international faculty, who include Drs Robert Byrne (Germany), Jacek Legutko (Poland), Ariel Roguin (Israel) and Ralf Birkemeyer (Germany).
Although Dr Byrne is a newcomer to South Africa, he is a stalwart of the PCR community and is regularly featured on Medscape.
The interventional stream commences with a half-day, post-graduate course on Sunday, October 25, hosted by Terumo, with the entire afternoon being dedicated to the topic of radial intervention. Veteran radialists will provide tips and tricks on all aspects of radial angiography/intervention that will prove to be useful for both novices and established radialists alike.
At one of the opening plenary sessions at the Congress, Dr Farrel Hellig will be focusing on the results and future developments pertaining to a fellowship being offered by the South African private sector in interventional cardiology. Congress chairman, Professor Francis Smit will complement this presentation by focusing on the African cardiac interventionist of the future from a public healthcare perspective.
During the Monday afternoon interventional track, Dr Robert Byrne, a newcomer to South Africa, but a stalwart of the PCR community who features regularly on Medscape cardiology, will address the difficult topic of triple anti-thrombotic therapy following stent implantation. He will also provide insights into technological developments with newer DES and their impact on clinical outcomes. Although the primary focus during the interventional track will be on improving patient care, a notable topic of interest will be “Risks to the interventional cardiologist in the cath lab,” to be addressed by Prof Ariel Roguin from Israel.
A STEMI update will take place on Tuesday morning, with Prof Bernard Gersh (USA) focusing on reperfusion therapy for STEMI in 2015, Prof Fausto Pinto (Portugal) weighing up the best combination for the pharmaco-invasive strategy, Dr Carlos Agular (Portugal) discussing the management of cardiogenic shock and Dr Byrne (Germany) debating whether there is consensus regarding the management of multi-vessel disease in STEMI.
The cardiac surgery track
The cardiothoracic surgery track commences with a pre-congress, post-graduate course on Sunday afternoon, with international faculty including Drs Carlos Mestres (Spain), Volkmar Falk (Germany) and Manuel Antunes (Portugal).
Initial presentations will focus on the future challenges of coronary artery surgery and whether the off pump CABG is a passing fad. The diagnostic, surgical and peri-operative challenges of constrictive pericarditis will be examined by four speakers, with Dr Carlos Mestres from Spain sharing perspectives on pericarditis from the industrialised world.
Late afternoon presentations will cover minimally invasive mitral valve surgery by Prof Volkmar Falk (Germany) and mitral valve repair in 2015 by Dr Manuel Antunes (Portugal).
During the first plenary session on Monday, October 26, Prof Charles Yankah (Germany) will discuss an approach to cardiac surgery development in Africa. This will be followed in the second plenary session by Dr Martin Sussman discussing whether the development of a surgical fellowship in the South African private sector makes sense.
A two-hour session on TAVI takes place on Tuesday morning, October 27, with Prof Volkmar Falk (Germany) sharing perspectives on the development, results and future of TAVI and Prof Pascal Dohmen (Germany) debating whether TAVR and sutureless aorta valves are complementary or competitive procedures. Dr Helmuth Weich will discuss the long term outcomes of TAVI and TAVI in the young, with Dr Farrel Hellig concluding the session by discussing the management of para-valvular leak and valve failure.
Half-day courses on Tuesday afternoon include the options of a Valvular Mini Symposium or a special focus on Perfusion.
The Congress concludes on Wednesday, 28 October with a half-day course focusing on Heart Failure in Sight, with international speakers featuring Drs Volkmar Falk, Charles Yankah and Mattias Roser from Germany, Alexandre Mebazaa (France), Bernard Gersh (USA) and Manuel Antunes (Portugal).
For full programme details, and to register for the radial intervention or cardiac surgery post-graduate courses, visit http://saheartcongress2015.co.za. For queries, contact Europa Organisation Africa on (011) 325 0020, or email firstname.lastname@example.org