|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 57-58
Heart Failure 2017: 3rd Annual Conference of the Heart Failure Association of India
Abraham Oomman1, T Sundar2, VK Chopra3
1 Department of Cardiology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Cardiology, Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
|Date of Web Publication||17-Jul-2017|
V K Chopra
Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Oomman A, Sundar T, Chopra V K. Heart Failure 2017: 3rd Annual Conference of the Heart Failure Association of India. J Pract Cardiovasc Sci 2017;3:57-8
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The 3rd Annual Conference of the Heart Failure Association of India was held at Chennai, on February 4 and 5, 2017 [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4]. This was held in association with the European Society of Cardiology. Dr. Stefan Anker, Vice President of the ESC, Dr. Petar Seferovic, incoming president of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC, Dr. Friedrich Kohler, Dr. Giuseppe Rosano, Dr. Phillip Spratt, and Dr. Jaap Lahpor formed the international faculty. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. P. C. Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals group.
The theme of the meeting was “team approach in heart failure.” There were 15 h of deliberations, simultaneously in three halls. There was one for cardiology, 2nd for cardiac surgeons, and the 3rd for paramedical and allied specialties. There was an E-poster section, and the best papers were awarded prizes. The Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University awarded 20 Continuing Medical Education credit points for the conference which highlighted its academic excellence.
The meeting was well attended with 600 delegates and 120 faculty members from across India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Rajasthan to Manipur not including the support staff and the trade representatives. This was about 50% more than the anticipated attendees.
In the main hall, there were 9 sections and 4 combined sessions starting with the epidemiology of heart failure in India. The agenda included sessions on acute right ventricular failure, diabetes and heart failure, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, cardiac resynchronization therapy and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, controversies in heart failure, and mitral regurgitation in heart failure.
The combined sessions had talks on diabetes and heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy, telemedicine in heart failure, iron therapy in heart failure, grown-up congenital heart diseases, pathophysiological aspects of acute heart failure, septic myocarditis, and heart failure with mid-range.
Another session on interdisciplinary approach had cardiologist, cardiac transplant surgeon, anesthetist, critical care specialist, pulmonologist, infectious disease specialist, nephrologist, hepatologist, and diabetologist together on the stage discussing and stressing team approach in acute and chronic heart failure.
In hall B, sessions started with lectures on nontransplant surgical options in heart failure including coronary artery bypass surgery and mitral and aortic valve surgeries. The session on mechanical support systems included talks on heartware, heartmate 3, long-term ventricular assist devices (VAD) in Indian scenario, and complications of long-term left VAD implantation.
The heart transplantation session had lectures and discussions on donor and recipient issues, combined heart and other organ transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support (MCS). There were also sessions on imaging in heart failure, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in operating theater and intensive care unit (ICU).
The anesthesia in cardiac surgery with heart failure was discussed with emphasis on intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography.
Right heart failure due to pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) was discussed with lectures on medical management of idiopathic PAH (IPAH), pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, heart and lung transplant in IPAH with severe right heart failure.
Postoperative scenarios after cardiac transplantation were discussed. Renal complications, gastrointestinal complications, lung complications, and sepsis post cardiac transplant were discussed by the respective specialists.
The sessions on paramedical and allied specialties showed active and enthusiastic participation. Nursing aspects in heart failure, dietary aspects in heart failure, physiotherapy in heart failure, nursing in ICU after MCS and heart–lung transplant, role of transplant coordinators, and domiciliary rehabilitation of heart failure were discussed.
The hands-on workshop on ECMO evoked great interest and participation.
Apart from lectures, active and enthusiastic participation from the audience in discussing and clearing their doubts made the conference a great success and an academic feast. The conference was preceded by a press conference and was widely covered in print and visual media.
The organizing secretaries of the conference were Dr. Abraham Oomman and Dr. T. Sundar. They were ably guided and supported by Dr. V. K. Chopra, President of the Heart Failure Association of India.
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Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
[Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4]