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Hot Topics in Cardiology

Auditorium Careum / Hotel Marriott, Zurich
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Dear Colleagues

The University Hospital Zurich has a long tradition in pioneering research and developments in cardiovascular medicine. Indeed, in the sixties the renowned cardiac surgeon Ake Senning established one of the first cardiac surgery departments in Zurich. Besides the worldwide first implantation of a pacemaker, he developed new surgical techniques and procedures particularly for patients with congenital heart disease. Furthermore, in 1977 Andreas Grüntzig successfully performed in Zurich the first percutaneous coronary intervention with a balloon catheter he had developed. His seminal intervention has become one of the most frequently performed procedures in patients with coronary disease and opened the door for interventions in structural heart disease. The current department has continued this tradition and contributed substantially to the understanding and management of atherosclerotic vascular disease and heart failure.

On the background of these historic milestones in cardiovascular medicine, it is our great pleasure to continue this tradition as a center of excellence in cardiovascular medicine and to invite you to the preceptorship programme on hot topics in cardiology in Zurich. The programme will focus on special areas with most recent therapeutic advances and innovations including risk factors and cardiovascular prevention, angina and acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, valve disease and heart failure. A distinguished international teaching faculty will contribute to an outstanding programme on the latest scientific and therapeutic developments in the respective areas.

The educational objectives are to provide a comprehensive update on new diagnostic approaches, clinical trials and treatment modalities. State of the art lectures will be illustrated with demonstrations of patient cases, round table discussions and video live cases for interventional valve procedures. A particular emphasis will be placed on chronic and acute heart failure, the new epidemic of the 21st century.

Cardiovascular clinicians, internists, and primary care physicians attending will derive benefit from this three-day preceptorship course with the goal to better serve their patients.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Zurich and spending a stimulating meeting together.


Thomas F. Lüscher, M.D. FRCP, FESC
Professor and Chairman of Cardiology






Programme Overview

Thursday October 5, 2017

Venue: Auditorium Careum, University Campus Careum, Zurich

Opening Ceremony
16:30 Welcome Address Thomas F. Lüscher (Zurich, CH)
16:45 Welcome by the Rector of the University of Zurich Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner
17:00 Opening Lecture 1
Stem Cells and Genomics for Precision Medicine
Joseph Wu (Stanford, US)
17:30 Opening Lecture 2
Prevention or intervention?
Valentin Fuster (New York, US)
18:00 Welcome Cocktail  

Friday October 6, 2017

Venue: Hotel Marriott, Zurich

08:30-10:30 Session 1 ─ Risk Factors and Prevention
Chairs: Jürg Beer (Baden, CH) and François Mach (Geneva, CH)
08.30 What can we learn from the new ESC Guidelines on CVD prevention? Massimo F. Piepoli (Piacenza, IT)
08:50 An interesting patient with multiple risk factors Isabella Sudano (Zurich, CH)
09:00 Hot topics in the management of hypertension Giuseppe Mancia (Milan, IT)
09:20 Hot topics in lipid management Alberico Catapano (Milan, IT)
09:40 Improving diabetes outcomes: beyond glucose metabolism Christoph Wanner (Würzburg, DE)
10:00 How can exercise training and diet influence risk managment? Sanjay Sharma (London, GB)
10:20 Discussion  
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-12:45 Session 2 ─ Angina and ACS
Chairs: Filippo Crea (Rome, IT) and Urs Eriksson (Wetzikon, CH)
11:00 Stable CAD: diagnosis: from symptoms to imaging Robert Manka (Zurich, CH)
11:20 Stable CAD: CABG versus PCI Bernard Gersh (Rochester, US)
11:40 Takotsubo, an often-unrecognized acute heart disease Thomas F. Lüscher (Zurich, CH)
12:00 DAPT therapy: how long for whom? Laura Mauri (Boston, US)
12:20 Management of STEMI patients according to the ESC Guidelines Stefan James (Uppsala, SE)
12:45-13:45 Lunch Buffet  
13:45-15:30 Session 3 ─ Atrial Fibrillation
Chairs: Bernard Gersh (Rochester, US) and Firat Duru (Zurich, CH)
13:45 Diagnosis and classification of AF A. John Camm (London, GB)
14:05 An interesting patient with AF Alexander Breitenstein (Zurich, CH)
14:15 Medical therapy of AF José Francisco Kerr Saraiva (Sao Paulo, BR)
14:35 Catheter ablation of AF Gerhard Hindricks (Leipzig, DE)
14:55 Stroke prevention in patients with AF: What is new in 2017? Renato Lopes (Durham, US)
15:15 Discussion  
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break  
16:00-18:00 Session 4 ─ Valve Disease
Chairs: Tiziano Moccetti (Lugano, CH) and Thomas F. Lüscher (Zurich, CH)
16:00 TAVI: state of the art Bernard Prendergast (London, UK)
16:20 An interesting patient with aortic stenosis Case presentation: Erik Holy (Zurich, CH)
live in-a-box: Thomas F. Lüscher (Zurich, CH)
16:40 The role of imaging Felix C. Tanner (Zurich, CH)
17:00 Patient selection for TAVI Stephan Windecker (Berne, CH)
17:20 Percutaneous mitral valve repair Francesco Maisano (Zurich, CH)
17.40 Discussion  
18:00 Adjourn  

Saturday October 7, 2017

Venue: Hotel Marriott, Zurich

08.30-11:00 Session 5 ─ Chronic Heart Failure
Chairs: Roger Hullin (Lausanne, CH) and Frank Ruschitzka (Zurich, CH)
08:30 New HF ESC Guidelines - definition and classification of HF Piotr Ponikowski (Wroclaw, PL)
08:50 An interesting patient with chronic HF Andreas Flammer (Zurich, CH)
09:00 Pharmacological treatment of HF Thomas F. Lüscher (Zurich, CH)
09:20 HF with preserved systolic function Carolyn Lam (Singapore, SG)
09:40 Comorbidities in HF Theresa McDonagh (London, UK)
10:00 Devices and interventions Alexander Breitenstein (Zurich, CH)
10:20 Discussion  
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-13:00 Session 6 ─ Acute and Advanced Heart Failure
Chairs: Piotr Ponikowski (Wroclaw, PL) and Otmar Pfister (Basel, CH)
11:00 Causes and pathophysiological mechanisms of acute heart failure Mandeep R. Mehra (Boston, US)
11:20 An interesting patient with acute HF Frank Enseleit (Zurich, CH)
11:30 Management of acute HF Marco Metra (Brescia, IT)
11:50 Advanced heart failure Frank Ruschitzka (Zurich, CH)
12:10 Heart transplantation Marisa Crespo-Leiro (La Coruna, ES)
12:30 The future of stem cell therapy and cardiac regeneration Ulf Landmesser (Berlin, DE)
12:50 Discussion  
13:00 Wrap-up and Close Thomas F. Lüscher (Zurich, CH)



Speaker's Information

Technical facilities
A Slide Center with PCs (Windows and Macinthosh operating systems) will be available for Speakers to preview and finalize their presentations. Speakers are kindly requested to submit their presentations on USB flash drive to the Slide Center technicians at least one hour before their talks.

Slide Centre opening hours:
Thursday, October 5th: 04.30 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Friday, October 6th: 08.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7th: 08.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.



Prof. Thomas F. Lüscher, Head of Cardiology, University Hospital Zurich

Promoted by

Fondazione Internazionale Menarini
Centro Direzionale Milanofiori
Edificio L - Strada 6
20089 Rozzano (Milan, Italy)
Tel. +39 02 55308110
Fax +39 02 55305739

Scientific Coordination, Organisation

Dr. Ruth Amstein, Zurich Heart House

Organizing Secretariat

Via Melzi d'Eril, 20 - 20154 Milano
Tel. +39 02 3491732
Fax +39 02 3315750

Meeting venue

October 5th,2017: Auditorium Careum, University Campus Careum, Zurich
October 5th-7th, 2017: Hotel Marriott Zurich

Registration hours

Thursday, October 5th, 2017: 04.30 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Friday, October 6th, 2017: 08.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7th, 2017: 08.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Official Language

English. Simultaneous translation will be provided for the following languages: French, German and Italian.


No registration fee is required to attend the Conference.

General Information

European Accreditation
An application has been submitted to the EACCME for CME accreditation of this event.

Lunches and coffee breaks
Lunchs and coffee breaks will be served in the Meeting area.

Abstracts book
Participants will receive the Abstract book at the Meeting.

Attendance certificate
The attendance certificate will be issued at the accreditation desk following full attendance at the Conference.


CME Accreditation:

The application for CME accreditation has been submitted for Italian Physicians. The CME credits will be awarded only after full attendance of all sessions.

Swiss Accreditation:

Swiss Society of Cardiology
13 CME Credits 1 A

Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine
13 CME Credits 1 A