Crack-the-calcium – from diagnosis to management of the calcified lesions

11.10.2024, 8:30 – 13:30

The session includes case studies, practical examples, and interactive elements to engage the audience and facilitate a deeper understanding of the topic. Additionally, consider discussing any emerging trends or research in the field of calcium assessment and management.

Workshop objectives:

  1. Diagnosis and Management of Calcium:
    • Understanding the role of calcium in the body.
    • Diagnostic methods for detecting calcium levels.
    • Conditions associated with abnormal calcium levels.
  2. Coronary and Extracoronary Calcium:
    • Differentiating between coronary and extracoronary calcium.
    • Exploring the significance of calcium deposits in both coronary and extracoronary areas.
  3. Primary prevention of the calcium – can we do it?
  4. Risk Stratification and Importance of CT Assessment:
    • Discussing the importance of risk stratification in calcium-related disorders.
    • Highlighting the role of CT (Computed Tomography) assessment in evaluating calcium deposits.
    • Exploring how CT findings contribute to risk assessment for various health conditions.
    • Coronary imaging (IVUS, OCT) in calcium detection  types of coronary calcium.
  5. Coronary Calcium Management:
    • Strategies for managing coronary calcium deposits.
    • Lifestyle modifications for reducing coronary calcium risk.
    • Medical interventions and treatments available for coronary calcium-related issues.
  6. Tools and Strategy:
    • Incorporating the latest tools and technologies into clinical practice.
    • Step-by-step strategy how to manage coronary calcium.
    • How to choose the best strategy to special calcium deposits ex. deep calcium, calcified nodule.

From baseline to residual risk – imaging, lipids and inflammation – how to estimate CV risk in an integrated way

11.10.2024, 8:30 – 13:30
A workshop aims to provide a comprehensive overview of atherosclerosis, including its definition, causes, and risk factors. Explanation the role of cholesterol, inflammation, and other contributing factors in the development of atherosclerosis and to find the treatment strategy, especially in younger population with long life-expectation.
Workshop objectives:

  1. Inflammation & pathophysiology of atherosclerosis:
    • Inflammation and its role in the development of atherosclerotic diseases – how to investigate and treat.
    • Discussion the formation and characteristics of atherosclerotic plaques.
  2. Diagnostic Techniques – the place of CT:
    • Familiarize participants with various diagnostic tools used in the assessment of atherosclerosis, such as imaging techniques (ultrasound, angiography) and biomarker measurements.
    • Introduction to new techniques for identifying atherosclerotic plaque and its structure using CT (hands-on workshop based on simulators).
  3. Clinical manifestations & treatment strategy
    • Discussion the clinical implications of atherosclerosis, including its association with coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
    • Risk factors and primary and secondary prevention: Identification and discussion the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for atherosclerosis.
    • Presentation the strategies for preventing and managing atherosclerosis, including lifestyle modifications and especially medications.
    • Modern antilipid treatment? Benefits, challenges, threats.
    • Interdisciplinary Approach: encourage collaboration between different healthcare professionals involved in the management of atherosclerosis, such as cardiologists, vascular surgeons, nutritionists, and primary care physicians.

Networking and Collaboration: Facilitate networking opportunities for participants to connect with experts and colleagues in the field.

By addressing these objectives, the workshop will contribute to a better understanding of atherosclerosis and equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed for effective prevention and management strategies.

Optimizing Outcomes: The role of physiology and imaging in enhancing percutaneous coronary intervention safety and efficacy

12.10.2024, 9:00 – 11:15
Workshop objectives:

  1. Explore the fundamental principles of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and its significance in contemporary cardiology practice
  2. Understand the role of physiology in guiding decision-making during PCI procedures, emphasizing its impact on patient outcomes and safety
  3. Examine the latest advancements in imaging techniques relevant to PCI, including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and fractional flow reserve (FFR)
  4. Discuss strategies for integrating physiological and imaging data into PCI planning and execution to optimize procedural success rates and minimize adverse events
  5. Review case studies and real-world scenarios to illustrate the application of physiological and imaging modalities in complex PCI cases
  6. Foster interdisciplinary collaboration between interventional cardiologists, radiologists, medtech and other healthcare professionals to enhance patient care through a comprehensive approach to PCI
  7. Identify future directions and emerging technologies in the field of PCI, with a focus on potential advancements in physiological and imaging-guided interventions
  8. Provide attendees with practical tools and resources for incorporating physiological and imaging strategies into their clinical practice to improve PCI outcomes and patient safety

The session includes case studies, practical examples, and interactive elements to engage the audience and facilitate a deeper understanding of the topic. Additionally, consider discussing any emerging trends or research in the field of intracoronary imaging and physiology.

Striking the Balance – Mastering Antithrombotic Therapy: A guide to balancing bleeding and ischemic risks

12.10.2024, 12:55 – 15:10
Workshop objectives:

  1. Understand the mechanisms of action of various antithrombotic agents.
  2. Evaluate the indications and appropriate selection of antithrombotic therapy in different clinical scenarios.
  3. Identify risk factors for bleeding complications associated with antithrombotic therapy.
  4. Discuss strategies for mitigating bleeding risk while maintaining therapeutic efficacy.
  5. Review current guidelines and evidence-based approaches to antithrombotic management.
  6. Develop practical skills in monitoring and managing patients on antithrombotic therapy to minimize adverse outcomes.

Imaging the Heart: Mastering the art of valvular disease diagnosis

12.10.2024, 15:25 – 17:40
Workshop Objectives:

  1. Understand the Fundamentals of Valvular Heart Disease: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and progression of common and rare valvular heart diseases.
  2. Master Imaging Techniques: Develop proficiency in utilizing echocardiography (both transthoracic and transesophageal) for the accurate diagnosis of valvular disease.
  3. Apply Guidelines in Clinical Practice: Familiarize with the latest guidelines and recommendations for the diagnosis and management of valvular heart diseases, integrating them into clinical decision-making.
  4. Recognize Indications for Intervention: Identify the clinical and imaging criteria that signal the need for surgical or percutaneous intervention in patients with valvular heart disease.
  5. Manage Complex Cases: Enhance skills in managing complex valvular disease cases through interactive case studies, focusing on integrating clinical evaluation with imaging findings to guide treatment strategies.
  6. Innovations and Future Directions: Explore the latest advances and emerging technologies in cardiac imaging for valvular disease, including 3D imaging and artificial intelligence applications.
  7. Collaborative Decision Making: Improve the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, emphasizing the role of imaging specialists in collaboration with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and other healthcare professionals in the management of valvular disease.
  8. Patient-Centered Approach: Enhance communication skills to effectively convey imaging findings and treatment options to patients, ensuring informed decision-making and patient-centered care.