16th Annual SA Heart Congress 2015 - New ‘insights’ into cardiology

  • June 01, 2015

New ‘insights’ into cardiology

The 16th Annual SA Heart Congress will be taking place this year from Sunday, 25 – Wednesday, 28 October, at Sun City in the North West Province.
With the theme of “Hearts in Sight,” the 2015 Congress includes several sessions which will enhance delegates’ understanding of the new diagnostic procedures used for “sighting the heart”. A variety of presenters will explore the insights gained from innovative diagnostic technologies, the latest clinical trials, expert opinions and the heart team concept, and how that impacts on decision making and treatment of patients with cardiac disease. In addition to local experts, The congress will be hosting a leading international faculty from several countries.

Pre-congress post graduate courses  will be run for the individual cardiac societies on Sunday afternoon, focusing on their areas of specific interest which include paediatric cardiology, cardiac arrhythmia, heart failure, cardiac imaging, cardiovascular research, cardiothoracic surgery and the allied disciplines. A special post-graduate course has also been dedicated for non-cardiologists in order to give them a good overview of current developments in cardiology pertinent to their patients with cardiovascular problems.

These sessions will culminate in AGMs for the respective societies, followed by the official opening of the congress and a preview of the trade exhibition to run alongside the congress on all three days.

Presentations on the development of cardiology and surgery in Africa will lead into sessions addressing the training of cardiac practitioners from the perspectives of both the private and public health sectors. Discovery CEO, Dr Jonathan Broomberg, will give a funder’s perspective on NHI and the private healthcare system, with a representative of the Ministry of Health, sharing views regarding cardiac medicine in South Africa. 
The challenges and adaptions needed for practising cardiology in the African environment will be the primary focus of the first plenary sessions on Monday, 26 October. Local and international experts will present on the state of the nation with regard to paediatric and adult cardiac disease, as well as cardiac surgery in South Africa and arrhythmia treatment in Africa.

A congress highlight on Tuesday, 27 October, will be the presentation of hot topics from ESC London 2015, with the African perspective being presented and discussed on each topic during two dedicated sessions. 

Mini symposia on Valvular Disease, TAVI and Infective Endocarditis will also take place on Tuesday. Dedicated multi-disciplinary Abstract Presentations, perfusion technology, Basic Sciences and Bio-engineering workshops are also scheduled for Tuesday.

Focused sessions on Wednesday morning, October 28, will address heart failure in the adult cardiac program and pulmonary hypertension in the paediatric sessions.

An exclusive track on paediatric cardiology will run for the full duration of the congress, with dedicated sessions for allied professionals taking place on both Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

“With a diversity of topics and speakers, delegates attending the 2015 SA Heart Congress will benefit from both international and local insights into the current issues confronting the South African and African cardiology community,” says congress convenor, Prof Francis Smit.  “International and local faculty will benefit tremendously from sharing the knowledge and experience gained from their respective backgrounds, making the congress a vibrant and interactive learning platform for all.”

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is 3 August.  Early bird registration discounts are available until 18 July.

16th Annual SA Heart Congress Organising Team

For further information and updates visit the Congress website


Europa Organisation Africa

Tel +27 (0)11 325 0020 •  Fax +27 (0)11 325 0028  • Email enquiries@eoafrica.co.za • Web  www.eoafrica.co.za


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