5th cardiovascular disease conference in Dubai discusses new guidelines in cardiology

DUBAI, 10th October 2015 (WAM) — Participants in the 5th Annual Case Based Approach to Controversies in Cardiovascular Disease Conference, which concluded Saturday in Dubai, discussed new strategies to prevent stroke in atrial fibrillation patients including new anticoagulants and left atrial appendage occlusion.
Oussama Wazni, M.D., staff physician in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Cleveland Clinic said participants the attendees left with new knowledge and often a new perspective in managing common but often complex patient scenarios they encounter on a daily basis.
Prevention experts at the conference spoke about the role of a new agent to reduce LDL cholesterol in patients at risk of heart diseases. There was much anticipation surrounding these new drugs and the faculty provided details on which patients can benefit from this treatment.
The conference was organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Health Authority, by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic in collaboration with Emirates Cardiac Society and was supported by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences.
Experts also presented results from the newest trials in the area of structural heart disease and provided attendees with the most recent data surrounding patient selection and outcomes. There was also a productive discussion on the complications following interventions for these patients. New information and guidelines on stroke prevention in the setting of atrial fibrillation was also provided.
Today included case presentations about unexplained chest pain, pregnant women with heart problems, and aortic bioprosthetic thrombosis, and concluded with a satellite symposium on developments for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.
Abdullah bin Souqat, Executive Director of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences said, “The uniqueness of this conference is that speakers present all topics in a ‘real world’ case-based format, which encourages participation and debate among the faculty and attendees. Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences is committed to continuously to support this conference, and other unique medical conferences in Dubai. We are honored that the conference is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the patron and supporter of continuing medical education in the United Arab Emirates.”
Joseph Maalouf, M.D., course director and cardiologist at Mayo Clinic said the ideal situation for medical professionals is to observe new treatments first-hand at the patient’s side or in an operating theatre. “We can’t do that in a conference setting, so we did the next-best thing, which is to take these medical professionals through a real case involving a real patient and let them share the patient experience and understand, evaluate and ask questions about the treatment provided.”
Venu Menon, M.D., staff cardiologist in cardiovascular imaging and director of the coronary care unit at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart Vascular Institute said decision-making in the setting of complex clinical cases is challenging. Atypical cases do not have textbook answers and listening to how experienced clinicians handle these problems provides a unique educational opportunity.
Course directors and speakers came from Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in USA, in addition to some prominent physicians in the cardiovascular field from the United Arab Emirates. Over 300 delegates attended the conference, which was accredited for 14 Continuous Medical Education hours from the UAE University.