Lively presentations, interactive sessions
The fourth edition of the Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists Conference (IACCCON-2013) was held at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore, recently. Practising cardiologists, cardiology trainees, physicians and primary healthcare physicians from across the country participated in the meet.
The three-day conference discussed structured evidence-based topics, new trends in diagnosis, management and prevention of ischemic heart diseases, dyslipedemia, diabetes, hypertension, valvular heart diseases, congenital heart diseases and devices in heart failure management.
UT Khader, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka, inaugurated the conference. Dr Devi Prasad Shetty was the chief guest. G Vijayaraghavan delivered the keynote address. Dr Natarajan, Dr Ravindranath KS, Dr Srinivas P Munigoti and Dr Rajesh Rajan, President of IACC, presented papers on various topics of preventive cardiology. Dr IB Vijayalakshmi led an interactive session on x-rays.
Dr Kiron Varghese, Dr Shekar Ambardekar, Dr Suman LN, Dr Sudarshan, Dr Avinash Alashetty, Dr Gous Farash, Dr Niveditha B Kerodi, Dr Bijay Kumar Mahala and Dr Manoj Gerela presented papers on hypertension, myocardial infarction, stroke prevention, insulin resistance and CVD. Dr VS Prakash held an interactive session on ECGs.
The second day saw paper presentation on aortic regurgitation and management, and multimodality imaging in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) by Dr Venkatesh S and Dr Raj Janardan.
Dr B Ramesh, Dr Bhaskar Shah, Dr Bhagirat, Dr GG Shetty and Dr Shekar Ambardekar presented papers on fibrinolytic therapy, primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), cardiogenic shock and newer antiplatelets and anticoagulants. Dr Girish Godbole presented a paper on heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
Dr GN Shirbur and Dr Suman Soman presented papers on enhanced external counter pulsations (EECP) and heart failure with normal ejection fraction (HFNEF) respectively.
Dr Jayaranganath and Dr Maitri Chauduri presented papers on heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and Dr Arun Srinivasí presentation on interpretation of common coronary angiographic views for clinicians followed.
Mumbai Marathonís Medical Director Dr Aashish Contractorís session on exercise as a medicine was perhaps the most interesting. The session came to an end with the presentation of Dr Hari Prasad, Nodal Officer, Department of Telemedicine, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka, on the possibilities of telemedicine.
On the final day, there were presentations on stress testing by Dr Chakrapani, cardiac CT by Dr Mukund K and role of cardiac MRI in CAD by Dr Vimal Raj. In the live demo sessions, Dr Srilakshmi and Dr Sunil Bohra explained the systolic and diastolic functions in coronary artery disease respectively. Dr Alagesan explained evaluation of mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation whereas Dr Ravi Narayan explained congenital heart disease. Illustrative cases in dobutamine stress echo were Dr Rakesh Guptaís topic. Dr KM Nair talked about the advantages and disadvantages of transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). It was followed by an echo quiz conducted by Dr ST Yavagal. Dr Mohamed Shafiq expressed vote of thanks.
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