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The PULSE & CARDIOELECTRICS 2010 congress, which took place July 2-4, 2010, was especially successful this year. Distinguished invited speakers from Greece and abroad participated, providing the latest information from their individual specialties.

International developments in arrhythmias, heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiac imaging made up the main topics.

Arrhythmias

  • New horizons in the prevention of thromboembolic episodes in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • New ways of risk stratification.
  • A new category of drugs that promise, with a simple and specific dosage regimen and without regular measurements of coagulation time, similar efficacy and safety to established types of anticoagulant medication.
  • Special report by speakers from other countries about their personal experience and the state of the art as regards the invasive therapy (ablation) of atrial fibrillation.
  • Report on the testing of a subcutaneous defibrillator device without endocardial electrodes that can be implanted without fluoroscopy.

Heart failure

  • Once again, the usefulness was stressed of cardiac resynchronisation therapy in the treatment of heart failure, which appears to extend to patients in earlier stages of the disease.
  • The role of circulatory assist devices in patients with end-stage heart failure was discussed.
  • Percutaneous aortic valve implantation, after the first encouraging mid-term results, seems to be becoming established as a method of treating high risk patients, while its extension to medium risk patients will be decided based on the results of studies now in progress.

Coronary artery disease

  • The Stent for Life programme. Efforts are being made to apply it in Greece. However, support from the state is also needed.

Cardiac imaging

  • The latest developments in echocardiography were presented, such as three-dimensional echocardiography and its contribution to the study of the mitral valve and right ventricle.
  • Study of the distortion of the myocardium using strain and strain rate techniques.

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