Dubai to host inaugural international conference for top to toe transcatheter solutions

DUBAI, 18th February, 2015 (WAM) — Dubai is to host the inaugural international conference of 4TS, Top To Toe Transcatheter Solutions, led by conference founder and chairman, Dr. Omar Kamel Hallak, Chief of Interventional Cardiology and Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the American Hospital Dubai.

The conference is being organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Health Authority, in collaboration with the International Society of Endovascular Specialists and the American College of Cardiology Chapter in the UAE, Emirates Cardiac Society, and has attracted more than 100 leading speakers from around the world. The conference has been accredited for CME hours by the United Arab Emirates University and European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology.

The conference has been specifically designed for physicians who specialise in interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, and interventional radiology, as well as fellows, residents, and other healthcare professionals interested in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and will be held on 19th and 20th February at the Conrad Dubai Hotel, consisting of workshops, presentations, live cases, live in a box session and debates. The subjects covered include Coronary Intervention, Endovascular Intervention, Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology.

Catheters are fine tubes that can be inserted into the body to treat disease, such as cardiovascular disease, using minimally invasive surgery. Through the catheters, specialists can perform a range of procedures such as inserting devices including medical balloons, coils or stents, into arteries around the heart. These ‘transcatheter solutions’ have the potential to treat conditions effectively more widely around the body, from ‘top to toe’.

Speaking about the inaugural 4TS conference, Founder and Chairman, Dr. Omar Kamel Hallak said, “This unique conference will bring together the top specialists from the Middle East and beyond the region to look at issues such as a multidisciplinary team approach to treating cardiovascular disease and the potential for transcatheter procedures around the whole body. We have more than 100 renowned speakers participating in the conference , sharing their experience in their fields, from top institutions including Texas Heart Institute, Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, and Washington University, and hospitals across the Middle East.” CEO of the American Hospital Dubai, Peter Makowski, added, “The American Hospital Dubai is pleased to be playing a prominent role in the conference, and sharing our own pioneering work in interventional cardiology undertaken by our team from The Heart Centre. We are already seeing the benefits of our multidisciplinary approach to cardiac care with innovative procedures, which are saving lives.” The Heart Center at the American Hospital Dubai has recently introduced three new procedures offering new hope to patients for very common health conditions: heart arrhythmia, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), and resistant hypertension. These conditions can be life threatening and are now treatable through aanced minimal access surgery. The American Hospital Dubai launched The Heart Centre in 2004 to treat all types of adult cardiac conditions including interventional cardiology and surgery.