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First Joint Symposium ISHLT & ESC HFA

Marisa Crespo-Leiro, MD
Hospital Universitario À Coruña
La Coruña, SPAIN

Andreas Zuckermann, MD
University of Vienna

We are delighted to update you on the successful launch of the first joint symposium between ISHLT and the Heart Failure Association, European Society of Cardiology (HFA of the ESC) in the wonderful city of Athens, Greece on May 18th 2014.

links imageA collaborative effort to bring two leading international societies together, ESC HFA Annual meeting Chairman Dr. Gerasimos Filippatos worked closely with Drs. Marisa Crespo-Leiro and Andreas Zuckermann to develop this outstanding symposium.

Including leaders from both societies, this symposium focused on the scientific output and advocacy of the societies in developing international guidelines in transplantation (Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, Boston, MA, USA), the role of durable implantable devices across the world (Davor Milicic, MD, Zagreb, Croatia), the positioning of destination therapy as a concept (Jayan Parameshwar, MD, Cambridge, UK) and a practical discussion of the management and follow-up of durable Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices with a view to best practices (Evgenij Potapov, MD, Berlin, Germany).

This symposium was attended by a packed room of nearly 300 attendees and displayed the state of the field in our collective and important mission of leadership in the area of Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplantation.

Such a collaborative effort allows for this mission directed message to disseminate across the membership of ESC, represented at the meeting in Athens by over 90 countries, many of whom are beginning to struggle with the concept of providing such niche and costly therapy in a successful manner across their geographic landscapes.

Disclosure Statement: the authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

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