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MasterCourse in Heart Failure - Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia
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Dear Doctor

It is a real pleasure to announce the MasterCourse in Heart Failure Georgia to be held in Tbilisi on September 28-30, 2023.

This course has been conceived upon the initiative of cardiologists from Georgia, Azerbaijan,
Turkey and Armenia with the aim to foster medical practice in heart failure by providing
education at the highest level on basic skills, as well as complex and multidisciplinary tasks that a modern heart failure doctor needs to master. The overall goal of the course is to enhance the clinical competence and know-how of participants in the diagnosis and management of heart failure, allowing them to implement the acquired expertise in their local heart failure clinics.

The MasterCourse includes state of the art lectures, panel discussions and case-based
interactive breakout sessions with distinguished international opinion leaders and local experts. Participants will be able to apply the latest diagnostic and therapeutic developments in heart failure and implement the most recent Focused Update of the 2021 ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure into clinical practice.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at this prestigious meeting which will set a milestone in professional education for the benefit of your practice and your patients.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas F. Lüscher, MD, FRCP, FESC London
Zviad Kipiani, MD, Ph.D. MSc.FESC, FHFA.Tbilisi
Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, MSc, FESC, FACC, Boston
Yasmin Rustamova, MD, Baku


Day 1, Thursday, 28 September 2023

10:00 Welcome Address
10:00 Welcome by Course Directors Thomas F. Lüscher, London
Mandeep R. Mehra, Boston
1010 Welcome by the Hosts Zviad Kipiani, Tbilisi
Yasmin Rustamova, Baku
10:20 Learning outcomes Ruth Amstein, Zurich
10:30 Opening Session: Heart Failure: From Cinderella to Center Stage
Thomas F. Lüscher, Mandeep R. Mehra and Zviad Kipiani
10:30 Heart failure – the new epidemic Thomas F. Lüscher, London
10:50 Chronic persistent HF to advanced HF:
Transition, phenotyping and prognosis
Mandeep R. Mehra, Boston

What is in the 2023 Focused Update of
the 2021 ESC HF Guidelines?

Ovidiu Chioncel, Bucharest

11:30 Panel discussion: Reality and future perspectives of HF care in Georgia and Central Asia
12:00 Lunch Break  
12:45 Case-based Interactive Learning
(Breakout Sessions in three groups)
  Echo Alison Duncan, London
  Cardiac MRI Yasmin Rustamova, Baku
  Endomyocardial biopsy (2021 ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure) Finn Gustafsson, Copenhagen
14:00 Session 2: Assessing and Diagnosing Heart Failure
Uzeyir Rahimv, Baku and Walid Assar, Bahrain
14:00 Assessing heart failure in clinical practice

Ovidiu Chioncel, Bucharest

14:20 Lifestyle interventions:key issues of diet and exercise Eteri Tsetskhladze.Tbilisi
14:40 Role of biomarkers in heart failure Rusudan Agladze, Tbilisi
15:00 Multimodality imaging in heart failure Jeroen J. Bax, Leiden (remote)
15:20 The spectrum of HF and what it means for practice Thomas F. Lüscher, London
15:40 Panel discussion: Diagnosing heart failure  
16:00 Coffee Break  
16:30 Session 3: Comorbidities
Chairs: Archil Chukhrukidze, Tbilisi and Eteri Tsetskhadze, Tbilisi
16:30 Diabetes and heart failure Petar Seferovic, Belgrade
16:50 Iron deficiency and anaemia Hadi Skuri, Abu Dhabi
17:10 Case Presentation: A patient with HFrEF Hamayk Sisakyan, Erevan
17:30 SGLT2 inhibitors from HFrEF to HFmrEF and HFpEF Petar Seferovic, Belgrade
17:50 Patient selection for ICD and CRT Kakhaber Etsadashvili, Tbilisi
18:10 Panel discussion: Management of comorbidities
18:30 End of Day 1  


Day 2, Friday, 29 September 2023

9:00 Session 4: Pharmacotherapy
Chairs: Marijan Bosevski, Skopje and Ulvi Mirzoyev, Baku
9:00 Starting drugs in HF: which ones, how fast an in what order? Thomas F. Lüscher, London
9:20 Hypertension and heart failure Zviad Kipiani, Tbilisi
9:40 Contemporary Management of Heart Failure with HFpEF Hadi N. Skouri, Abu Dhabi
10:00 Diuretics: Loop diuretics, thiazides and/or acetazolamide? Wilfried Mullens, Genk
10:20 Panel discussion: Guideline-based management of heart failure
10:45 Coffee Break  
11:15 Session 5: Devices, Cardiomyopathies
Chairs: Yasmin Rustamova, Baku and Shahid Merchant, Mumbai
11:15 CardioMems: remote monitoring and digital health Finn Gustafsson, Copenhagen
11:35 ICD for primary prevention of SCD Magdy Abdelhamid, Cairo
11:55 Atrial fibrillation: Cause, consequence and cure of heart failure Tatevik Hovakimian, Erevan
12:15 Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: clinical predictors and outcome Iacopo Olivotto, Florence
12:35 Cardiac amyloidosis and cardio-oncology update Hadi N. Skouri, Abu Dhabi
12:55 Panel discussion: Managing devices and cardiomyopathies  
13:15 Lunch Break  
14:00 Case-based Interactive Learning
 (Breakout Sessions in three groups)
  Echo Alison Duncan, London
  Cardiac MRI Yasmin Rustamova, Baku
  Endomyocardial biopsy (2021 ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure) Finn Gustafsson, Copenagen
15:15 Coffee Break  
15:45 Session 6: Acute and Advanced Heart Failure
Chairs: Hadi Skuri, and Magdy Abdelhamid, Cairo
15:45 Advanced HF: definition and management Feras Bader, Abu-Dhabi
16:05 Managing acute HF Wilfried Mullens, Gent
16:25 LVADs as bridge to transplant or destination therapy Mandeep R. Mehra, Boston
16:45 Imaging of aortic valve disease Jereon Bax, Leiden
17:05 Panel discussion: Challenges in acute and
advanced heart failure
17:30 End of Day 2  


Day 3, Saturday, 30 September 2023

09:00 Session 7: Multidisciplinary Procedures and Devices in Heart Failure
Chair: Mandeep Mehra, Boston and Feras Bader, Abu Dhabi
09:00 Revascularisation in heart failure Yasmin Rustamova, Baku
09:20 LVADs as bridge to transplant or destination therapy Mandeep R. Mehra, Boston
09:40 When is the right time for SAVR or TAVR? Vedat Aytekin, Istanbul
10:00 Mitral valve disease and heart failure Alison Duncan, London
10:20 Renal denervation for HF: fiction or emerging indication?    Ulvi Mirzoyev, Baku
10:40 Panel discussion: Which patients need an intervention?
11:00 Coffee Break  
11:30 Case-based Interactive Learning
(Breakout Sessions in three groups)
  Echo Alison Duncan, London
  Cardiac MRI Yasmin Rustamova, Baku
  Endomyocardial biopsy (2021 ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure) Finn Gustafsson, Copenhagen
12:45 Closing Session  
12:45 Wrap-up and Adjourn Thomas F. Lüscher, Mandeep R. Mehra
Zviad Kipiani, Yasmin Rustamova
13:00 Lunch Buffet





Georgia (local) Doctors, Students & Residents please register HERE!

Registration fees  
Regular fee CHF 230
PCHF London Alumni & Participants* CHF 100

*PCHF London Alumni and current participants please contact Maya Furrer in order to receive the discount code for the reduced registration fee.


Zurich Heart House, Foundation for Cardiovascular Research
Dr. Ruth Amstein
Maya Furrer
Hottingerstrasse 14, CH-8032 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone +41 (0) 44 250 40 95, Fax +41 (0) 44 250 40 90


Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia
1 Rose Revolution Square, 0108



The MasterCourse in Heart Failure - Georgia has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 15 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

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