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This week over 100 car­di­ol­o­gists, car­diac sur­geons and al­lied car­dio­vas­cu­lar pro­fes­sion­als will gather in Saint Lu­cia for the 33rd An­nual Caribbean Car­di­ol­ogy Con­fer­ence which will be held July 18 - 21. At­ten­dees will in­clude pro­fes­sion­als from all across the Caribbean rep­re­sent­ing the re­gion’s Dutch, English, French, and Span­ish-speak­ing ter­ri­to­ries as well as vis­it­ing fac­ulty from South Amer­ica and the United States.

The Con­fer­ence theme, “Meet­ing the Chal­lenges of Car­diac Care in an Ev­er­Chang­ing Caribbean”, re­flects the Caribbean Car­diac So­ci­ety’s com­mit­ment to har­ness­ing the most cut­ting-edge ad­vances in car­dio­vas­cu­lar sci­ence and medicine to ben­e­fit pa­tients in the re­gion. Con­fer­ence fac­ulty will in­clude Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy, Dr. Michael Valen­tine; Min­is­ter of Health of the Ba­hamas, Dr. Duane Sands; Car­diac Sur­geon, Dr. Cedric Sh­effield; and the In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sador of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Physi­cians.

The meet­ing will ex­plore the full spec­trum of car­dio­vas­cu­lar care in­clud­ing in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­ogy, clin­i­cal car­di­ol­ogy, car­diac imag­ing and the epi­demi­ol­ogy of car­dio­vas­cu­lar diseases.

Con­fer­ence Chair­man, Dr. Martin Di­dier said he was proud to be host­ing the meet­ing in Saint Lu­cia and lauded the pro­gramme’s fo­cus on im­prov­ing care for all pa­tients, point­ing to a panel dis­cus­sion on the need to have co-or­di­nated na­tional strate­gic plans for the man­age­ment of Acute My­ocar­dial In­farc­tions (heart at­tacks) given that the re­quired ther­a­pies are not yet uni­ver­sally avail­able.

He went on to say that re­cently tabled data showed the mor­tal­ity for Acute My­ocar­dial In­farc­tion in Bar­ba­dos at an alarm­ing 37% and, al­though the re­search data is lack­ing, the clin­i­cal data sug­gests that acute heart at­tacks are on the in­crease through­out the Caribbean.

Dr. Di­dier pro­posed: “A com­pre­hen­sive Re­gional Strate­gic Plan for the man­age­ment of Acute My­ocar­dial In­farc­tions would bring us in line with de­vel­oped coun­tries which have seen their mor­tal­ity from Acute MI de­crease from 35-40% in the early 1970s to 8% to­day.”

Dr. Richard Ish­mael, CCS Pres­i­dent, added that the meet­ing is “an out­stand­ing op­por­tu­nity for our col­leagues to en­gage each other and learn about the lat­est car­dio­vas­cu­lar re­search, ad­vanced treat­ments and how we can lever­age these here in the re­gion”.

The con­fer­ence will be of­fi­cially opened on Wed­nes­day July 18 and will in­clude an Elec­tro­car­dio­gram Course, Ex­pert Round Ta­ble for In­ter­ven­tional Car­di­ol­o­gists, and a spe­cial ses­sion on the Man­age­ment of Hy­per­ten­sion.

The Caribbean Car­di­ol­ogy Con­fer­ence is held in a dif­fer­ent Caribbean ter­ri­tory each year and will in­clude the Charles Den­bow Clin­i­cal Case Com­pe­ti­tion for young physi­cians do­ing post-grad­u­ate train­ing.

Doctor Martin Di­dier de­liv­er­ing re­marks and proud that this event will be held in Saint Lu­cia.

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