Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

EPCCS meeting: Stimulating exchange of ideas among GPs with a special interest in CV disease

News - Sep. 6, 2013

A group of European General Practitioners (GPs) got together in London this week, for a Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Master Class at the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society  (EPCCS). These GPs with a special interest in cardiovascular disease came to London to be updated on developments in the field of cardiovascular medicine and to discuss these with like-minded colleagues.

With the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease in today’s society, the role of the GP in managing CV disease is greater than ever. Prevention and management of CV disease is a life-long enterprise. While medical specialists in secondary care play an important role in management of disease, the GP is equally important in signalling risk of CV disease, helping to reduce risk factors, stabilise disease and promote compliance. Furthermore, GPs might be the contact of preference patients will approach with questions about their CV health status. A good patient-physician relationship, as well as a well-informed GP, are therefore crucial to the success of treatment.
The EPCCS 6th Annual Scientific Meeting provided a stimulating opportunity to discuss optimal management of patients with cardiovascular disease in primary care, with colleagues who face similar situations in their primary care practises. Recent insights from clinical trials were discussed, as well as the relevance or irrelevance of this type of data in primary care, and how to interpret their value in a primary care setting. Abundant practical guidance was given on how to manage specific cardiovascular conditions.
A great number of internationally renowned primary care physicians discussed key areas in CV medicine, including hypertension, diabetes, acute coronary syndrome, arrhythmias, guidelines and lifestyle. The ambitious program yielded two days of interesting and interactive sessions, with a stimulating exchange of ideas among GPs dedicated to refine cardiovascular patient care.
The EPCCS meeting’s educational programme had been developed to meet the educational and information needs of GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals. The Society aims to further grow the number of attendees over the upcoming years, and to expand its activities in order to accomplish its important mission that is focussed on the important role of primary care physicians in addressing the growing burden of cardiovascular disease. 
Videos of the presentations, presentations and other information on the EPCCS 6th Annual Scientific Meeting will be posted on the EPCCS website shortly.

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