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Right is the New Left, Right?

Jaime-Jürgen Eulert-Grehn, MD
Deutsches Herzzentrum
Berlin, Germany

As a resident in cardiac surgery from a northern European center with a large amount of experience in mechanical circulatory support (MCS), I am especially looking forward to the ISHLT Annual Meeting in Nice and the sessions about MCS.

I attended the Master Class in MCS at the last meeting in San Diego this year, and now I wish to join the ISHLT Academy session on Core Competencies in MCS one day before the annual meeting really gets started. This makes the ISHLT meeting unique for residents interested in MCS: the combination of educational and state-of-the-art scientific sessions.

The next day, after recouping energy at the Junior Faculty Mentor Lunch, the next session for me will be "The devil wears Prada - The role of the RV in advanced heart failure and LVADs." Our team for implantable electronic cardiac devices faces on a daily basis many questions concerning the management of such devices in LVAD patients, and my next stop, on Thursday at 2 pm, will be "It's Electric! Electrophysiological management of the LVAD patient."

Another crucial aspect while caring for the LVAD patient is the right side of the heart: the right ventricle and the pulmonary vascular bed. So definitely on the agenda will be symposium number 29 on the Friday, "Joint ISHLT/ESC Symposium: Pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease When RIGHT meets LEFT." Then, I will be happy to present my own poster on the interaction of aortic regurgitation and right ventricular function before the presidential reception at the famous Negresco Hotel. In no time, it will already be Saturday, the last day of the meeting. When it is all over I shall go directly to the Promenade des Anglais and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach before returning to Berlin and looking forward to the EUMS meeting to be held there in November. See you soon, ISHLT. ■

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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