The world’s largest ‘Heart Team’ gets together at the 2016 European Society of Cardiology Congress

The world’s largest ‘Heart Team’ gets together at the 2016 European Society of Cardiology Congress
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The 2016 European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC) – the world’s largest gathering of cardiologists, cardiovascular experts and academics – was held in Rome from August 27-31, 2016.

 

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of mortality. It is responsible for 31% of all deaths each year.

 

The Congress was a chance to share research and innovation to help redress these statistics. It was a truly international event, drawing over 30,000 healthcare professionals from more than 140 countries. It also attracted a range of special guests, including Pope Francis.

 

The 2016 event took the theme ‘The Heart Team’ to highlight the importance of teamwork and communication between healthcare professionals and patients.   The Heart Team approach puts an emphasis on patient-centric healthcare and group decision-making that’s shared between cardiologists, surgeons and other professionals in conjunction with the patient.

 

Far-reaching program of events

 

On a broader level, the Congress featured a diverse program touching on all aspects of cardiovascular treatment and management.   A ‘Gladiator’s Arena’ provided a forum for lively discussions on the latest issues relating to surgery, stroke, and e-cardiology, while free refresher workshops were held on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED). There were also hands-on tutorials on techniques related to the use of the latest cardiovascular equipment, devices and therapies.

 

 

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines sessions, meanwhile, provided cardiologists with the opportunity to hear the latest recommendations in the field, and to discuss ways of implementing the guidelines in practice.

 

The Congress also saw the unveiling of ground-breaking clinical trial results and the presentation of the best abstracts selected from the more than 11,000 submissions.

 

To maximize engagement in the Congress, an ESC 2016 mobile app was made available to ensure delegates caught the sessions most relevant to them.

 

New European guidelines launched

 

The Congress also saw the launch of the first European standards for the management of heart attack and coincided with the publication of new ESC and European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemias.

 

The guidelines relating to lipids were of particular interest to Sanofi, a committed participant in the management of cardiology. Research that can help improve treatment outcomes and programs to raise patient awareness of cardiovascular concerns are high priorities for the company.

 

The Congress was therefore the ideal opportunity to share a new application called Lipid Fighter.

The app is a fun and educational game designed to help the general public better understand cholesterol and what can be done to lower high cholesterol levels. It was made available so that Congress delegates could assess their own cardiovascular risks.

 

Lipid Fighter is currently available in the US, with plans to make it available in other markets coming soon.

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