ANNUAL MEETING OF REGIONAL CARDIOLOGISTS TO BE HELD IN ST. LUCIA
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.