According to DGK President Prof. Hugo Katus (Heidelberg), a quarter of a century ago, 325 per 100,000 residents in Germany died from one of the four most common heart diseases (heart failure, angina pectoris, heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia). By 2014, this number had dropped by 21 percent to 256 In order to further develop the progress of cardiovascular medicine in the future even more patient-oriented, continuous efforts are necessary to offer future doctors adequate training formats, it was said at the DGK Heart Days.
Some of the important topics that were discussed in Berlin:
· The "Basic Science" section of the Herztage has developed particularly successfully, in which young physicians can acquire additional qualifications in basic research. In this special program area, topics such as cellular and molecular mechanisms of vascular medicine, impulses from RNA research for cardiac medicine, as well as possible new strategies for the treatment of heart failure resulting from basic research were discussed. Numerous young scientists presented the results of their work.
· The minimally invasive procedure (TAVI), in which the valve replacement is performed by catheter and without surgery, is increasingly being considered not only for very old and multimorbid patients. New studies show that even in people with low risk, interventional therapy is not just a functionally equivalent or sometimes even superior to conventional heart surgery, not just in terms of complication frequency.
· As a more effective method than drugs, catheter-assisted sclerotherapy ("catheter ablation") is established in arrhythmias: in experienced centers, arrhythmias disappear completely after ablation in more than 80 percent of patients. Ablation benefits people with atrial fibrillation who suffer from heart failure. This is reflected in correspondingly increasing application numbers.
· The number of studies and publications as well as the available knowledge in modern heart medicine are multiplying at a rapid pace. And more and more therapies are benefiting more and more patients. This requires a high level of specialist expertise, which also has to be constantly updated. With its academy, the DGK ensures that highly qualified cardiologists ensure high standards of patient care.
· An extension of these efforts finds expression in the additional establishment of an academy for digital cardiology, in which the development and application of modern IT options should be increasingly communicated.
· Not only must the high standard of cardiac medicine in Germany be maintained, but there is still a need for action in view of the frequency of cardiovascular diseases. In addition to a number of other measures, the DGK also advocates a sensible use of minimum intervention numbers as an element of quality assurance. The comprehensible discussion on the topic was intensively continued with the relevant, even new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
· Guidelines have contributed very clearly to the success of modern cardiac medicine. The comparatively young approach of "participatory decision-making" will increasingly complement guideline-based cardiology in the future with patient-conscious individualization, said DGK President Prof. Katus: "Technical support finds these efforts in the development and availability of relevant medical APPs, the support the level of knowledge and help to standardize the procedure individually. "
German Society of Cardiology
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