Heart Failure Congress 2019

Our May 2019 blog post from Professor Gerhard Pölzl focuses on the Heart Failure Congress 2019

The HEART FAILURE meeting in Athens is approaching. On the web pages of the ESC it is possible to have a glance over the final program of the congress.

Organised by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, the Heart Failure Congress is a unique forum where cardiologists, interventional heart failure  specialists, cardiac surgeons, internists, practicing general physicians, basic scientists,  epidemiologists, cardiac nurses, industry affiliates and others have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and information.

The HFA congress is an international event open to healthcare professionals interested in any aspect of heart failure from epidemiology, through basic and translational science to prevention (reviewing the treatment of hypertension and post-infarction care), diagnosis (including novel imaging modalities and biomarkers), monitoring (together with remote monitoring), prognostication (risk stratification as well as use of biomarkers), medical and nursing management (including drugs, devices, tele-care and surgery).

I will be there presenting a rapid-fire abstract on “repetitive levosimendan infusion” on Monday at 09:40 on the AGORA 2 stage: see you there!

Included in the program, some tutorials on how to use medications and devices are also accessible to the participants. As an example, Orion Pharma will organise a series of 12 lectures on the use of inotropes for correcting haemodynamic dysfunction in patients with congestive heart failure. Over many decades, negative or insufficient data has been collected on the effects of cardiac glycosides, catecholamines and phosphodiesterase inhibitors on quality of life and survival. More recently, the calcium sensitiser and potassium channel opener levosimendan has been proposed as a safer inodilator. The tutorial lectures in Athens will focus on how to use levosimendan safely and effectively in acute and advanced heart failure.


Publications (22)
  • ESC 2017 in Barcelona

    Professor Gerhard Pölzl discusses the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting 2017, where several sessions were held on the use of levosimendan in heart failure.


    Professor Gerhard Pölzl highlights the significance of the FIGHT, PERSIST and LEVOREP trials which investigate levosimendan as a treatment for heart failure.

  • LEODOR trial - recent advances

    There have been some recent achievements in the LEODOR trial including a new website to facilitate administration and communication and submission of a formal study protocol synopsis to the European Journal of Heart Failure.

  • Levosimendan roars ahead as LION-HEART results published

    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.

  • Recent literature

    Explore the April 2019 blog from Professor Gerhard Pölz focuses on some of the recent literature he has read.

  • What does the Advanced Heart Failure patient want?

    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.

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