Education, exchange, guidance and interaction during EPCCS Summit 2019
During the Annual EPCCS CV Summit for Primary Care & 11th annual EPCCS scientific meeting, held in Lisbon, Portugal on March 21 and 22, 2019, general practitioners (GP’s) from all over Europe with a special interest in cardiovascular disease gathered to discuss the latest insights in management of this large patient population in daily clinical practice.
Prof. Richard Hobbs, chairman of EPCCS, summarized the objectives of the EPCCS Summit as follows:
- 25% Education, by giving updates on novel developments in cardiovascular disease
- 25% Exchange, discussion and consensus, with relevance and impact for primary care
- 25% Guidance and output, by providing recommendations and guidance (documents and video’s) for colleagues in primary care.
- 25% Networking, to build and expand a European network of GP’s with similar interest.
To achieve this, the programme consisted of different sessions, with ample room for interaction. The Summit started out with a workshop on the challenges of multimorbidity. Scientific posters also incited exchange of ideas and networking during breaks. Dedicated sessions covered the latest insights on stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, management of hypertension, heart failure and comorbidities, and CV risk in diabetes.
Impressions of each of these sessions will become available on this website, follow the links below.
Workshop on the challenges of multimorbidity
Case presentations by: Monika Hollander (Utrecht, The Netherlands), prof. Christos Lionis (Crete, Greece) and David Silvério Rodrigues (Lisbon, Portugal).
In case-based discussions, various complexities of management of patients with multimorbity and polypharmacy were discussed, and strategies to deal with this were exchanged. Read more.
Update on stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation
Prof. Richard Hobbs (Oxford, United Kingdom)
In a comprehensive talk, Hobbs considered a range of aspects relevant to the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Read more.
Recent updates to the International Hypertension Guidelines – where do they vary and what should we agree on in primary care?
The presentation of prof. Richard McManus (Oxford, United Kingdom) will be used for writing of our next EPCCS Guidance Document, on management of hypertension. Thus no summary will be provided here.
Complexities of managing heart failure
Prof. Peter van der Meer (Groningen, The Netherlands)
Read an impression of the presentation of prof. Van der Meer, on the latest recommendations on management of HF, including important aspects to consider in patients with comorbidities. Read more.
Diabetes and cardiovascular risk
Prof Kamlesh Khunti (Leicester, United Kingdom)
Prof. Hobbs set the scene for the presentation of prof. Khunti, by showing how diabetes is linked to CVD risk, after which prof. Khunti outlined how this risk can best be reduced with therapy. Read more.