From 29 April to 2 May 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology held its annual meeting. Within the programme, I highlighted a series of eleven 30-minute hands-on tutorials on the use of the inodilator levosimendan in acute and advanced heart failure. These were structured in several sessions touching on the therapeutic needs and options, comorbidities, scientific evidence, guidelines, and clinical practice. The take-home message was that the inodilator levosimendan is a tolerable and valid therapeutic option for patients in advanced heart failure. Chairs and lecturers were from Austria (G. Pölzl, J. Altenberger), Italy (G. Malfatto), Hungary (Z. Papp), Finland (V-P. Harjola, M. Kivikko), Sweden (K. Karason), Greece (J. Parissis), Denmark (F. Gustafsson), and Germany (D. Kindgen-Milles, C. Tschöpe). The eleven lectures were recorded and can be now seen here.
Professor Gerhard Pölzl highlights Hospitalisation for the management of acute decompensation being a critical moment in the trajectory of heart failure (HF) and one that has gloomy prognostic implications for many patients.
Professor Gerhard Pölzl discusses the interplay between the acutely compromised heart and the kidneys and how the optimal treatment for individual cases is complex.
Professor Gerhard Pölzl highlights the LION-Heart and LAICA clinical trials.
The HFA-ESC has issued a fresh position paper [Crespo-Leiro MG et al. Eur J Heart Fail. 2018 May 27. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1236]. Here’s our first take on some highlights.
If we had a way to reduce the risk of life-threatening complications after cardiac surgery would we use it? Of course we would. It is for reason that this blog post highlights the recent work of Dr. Qiang and colleagues. See the details here.
Professor Gerhard Pölzl reports primary results from the LION-HEART study in the management of advanced heart failure where among secondary endpoints, patients treated with levosimendan experienced a reduction in the rate of HF-related hospitalisation compared with placebo.
Professor Cynthia M Dougherty and colleagues outline an array of options for the treatment of advanced heart failure (HF) that create – quite reasonably – the impression that we are in a golden age of therapeutic possibilities for this difficult condition.
Professor Gerhard Pölzl discusses the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting, where several sessions were held on the use of levosimendan in heart failure.
Thoughts from the expert meeting organised by the Heart Failure Clinic, Attikon University Hospital, 2018.
Professor Pölzl highlights a Supplement added at the end of 2018 to the European Heart Journal.