News release issued on behalf of Africa PCR November 6, 2013

  • November 13, 2013 | News release issued for AfricaPCR by Linda Trump of Cat Communications

AfricaPCR  – a course built by – and for – the Pan-African cardiovascular community

AfricaPCR will be taking place from 13th to 15th March, 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

2014 will be the first year in which AfricaPCR will be a stand-alone, locally based course, spanning Thursday evening until lunchtime on Saturday. The overriding purpose of this intensive programme is to deal with the most pressing requirements for education in the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine in Africa.

The 2014 AfricaPCR Course will focus on the following core issues:
• The management of STEMI in Africa
• The role of the heart team in the African environment
• The difficulty in managing hypertensive patients in Africa and best practices for managing resistant hypertension
• Recognising, preventing and managing complications
• Understanding bifurcation anatomy, how to select the appropriate technique for each case and implement techniques safely with good outcomes
• Learning how to perform the different approaches used for “vascular access”, and the benefits and limitations of the various approaches
• The role of the heart team in making the best treatment decisions for patients
• How procedures can be optimised by a Heart Team approach.

A vital component of AfricaPCR will be the presentation of clinical cases, with the most educational ones being included in the plenary sessions on STEMI, complications and the heart team in action. Cases will cover coronary interventions, interventions for structural heart disease, peripheral interventions and interventions for hypertension and heart failure.

Over and above the plenary sessions, parallel sessions will include an interactive case corner, as well as a programme for dedicated nurses and technicians.
Exhibitors of allied drugs and medical equipment will be sponsoring industry supported sessions on a range of varied topics with supporting case studies. Hands-on workshops will provide focused groups of delegates with interactive product demonstrations.

“The objective of AfricaPCR is to gain insights from the North, South, West and East of this vast and diverse continent, as well as from Europe and elsewhere, with a view to understanding how to move forward in improving care in Africa,” says Course Director, Dr Farrel Hellig. “With the African focus of the course, the majority of the faculty represents the African continent. It is bolstered by an international faculty in order to place the African agenda in a global context. “

A detailed programme and registration form for AfricaPCR can be obtained from Europa Organisation Africa, Tel: 011 880 2579, Email:  For further information, go to

VIP guests and board members at AfricaPCR launch:
(Left to right) Dr Adriaan Snyders (SA Heart President); Dr Tom Mabin;  Marc  Doncieux, CEO Europa Organisation; Dr Sajidah Khan;  Dr Graham Cassel and Dr Farrel Hellig (Course Director). 

For further information on AfricaPCR, contact Europa Organisation Africa on Tel: (011) 880 2579, or Email:


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