Cardiac Specialists Meeting For 24th CCS Conference

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Barbados’ Health Minister, Donville Inniss will be the featured speaker at the upcoming 24th Annual Caribbean Cardiac Society’s (CCS) Caribbean Cardiology Conference, when it comes off here at the Hilton Barbados, from Tuesday, July 28, to Friday, July 31.

The conference, which will bring over 200 cardiac specialists from the region’s Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking territories to Barbados, will allow cardiac personnel to share ideas and discuss ways to meet the several challenges facing the discipline of cardiology.

Mr. Inniss will deliver the keynote address at the official opening ceremony on Tuesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m.

It will be held under the theme: "Meeting Emerging Challenges To Cardiovascular Care In The Caribbean", and a key topic for discussion will be the use of technology to meet emerging challenges in cardiovascular care.

This will see practitioners, who have utilised cutting-edge technology, such as genetic testing, three dimensional echocardiogram (ECG) and new techniques in revascularisation therapy, outlining their experience.

Additionally, the Annual Cardiology Lecture will be delivered by Professor Roberto Ferrari, President of the European Society of Cardiology and the Annual Surgical Lecture will be given by Professor Marshall Jacobs of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

The conference will also include a Basic ECG Course, on July 28, which will seek to improve the capacity of regional health care professionals, to utilise ECGs for enhanced patient diagnosis and care. It will also place emphasis on "the importance of cardiac imaging in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease" and the risk factor approach to the management of cardiovascular disease.

The latter will be examined from two different perspectives by the Pan-American Health Organisation and the Consortium for the South-eastern Hypertension Control.

During the four-day conference, the CCS will host its annual awards banquet at which Barbadian Cardiologist, Dr. Richard Ishmael, and his counterpart from Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Ronald Henry, will be honoured for their invaluable contribution to the development of cardiology in the region.

jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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