XI International Congress ‘Cardiology at a Crossroads of Sciences’ was held online on May 25-27. Traditional May congress was carried for the first time without alive communication, but with concern for the health of colleagues and with a rich scientific program. Three days of interesting symposia, brilliant discussions, workshops and virtual meetings were dedicated to current issues of managing patients with cardiovascular pathology and new coronavirus infection.
The event brought together 1620 registered participants from 181 cities and 10 countries of the world. 97 lecturers presented 127 reports. Scientific program was spacious, included 17 symposia with participation of international experts, scientists, clinicians, young professionals. Along with the well-known Russian faculties, leading foreign scientists, including Professor Eli Ovsyshcher, Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory of the Ben-Gurion University (Israel), Khasanov Ildar Shamilevich (Erlangen, Germany) and Natalya Mitkovskaya, MD, Professor, the Director of Republican Scientific and Practical Center ’Cardiology’ of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus (Belarus), Mikhail Deshko, MD, Ph.D. , Head of the Department of Hospital Therapy, Grodno State Medical University, Viktor Snezhitsky, MD, Professor of Grodno State Medical University, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (Belarus), took part in our Congress.
On the first day of the Congress, reports on cardiogenetics were presented: issues on genetic predisposition to cardiac diseases cardiac consequences of cancer treatment; dyslipidemia; risk factors and difficulties in assessing the prognosis of sudden cardiac death; diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; new perspectives in arrhythmology: advantages and possibilities of His bundle stimulation; experience of implantation of subcutaneous cardioverter defibrillators in the Russian Federation; remote monitoring of patients with implantable devices; as well as characteristics of cardiac diseases in Arctic inhabitants, heart rate and its relationship with life expectancy, atrial fibrillation, diagnosis of Farby disease, Takotsubo syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, etc.
It should be mentioned that Symposium on echocardiography and vascular ultrasound, chaired by Vadim Anatolyevich Kuznetsov, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FISCU, Professor of Cardiology, Scientific Supervisor of Tyumen Cardiology Research Center, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and Alla Aleksandrovna Boschenko, MD, PhD, Deputy Director for research work of Cardiology Research Institute was successfully greeted by conference attendees.
On the second day of online Congress, coworkers discussed new circumstances in performing echocardiography (Cardiac ultrasound) of patients with coronavirus infection; innovative technologies of ultrasonic devices, allowing to increase accuracy of researches and predictability of results; issues on pediatric cardiology; possibilities of treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of patients with arterial hypertension during the COVID-19 pandemic and personalized approach to treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation, as one of the most dangerous heart rhythm disorders that can cause serious heart problems and stroke development.
Symposia of the third day of the Congress on percutaneous coronary interventions, urgent cardiology, and issues on vascular imaging attracted much attention of audience.
Poster presentations are annually important part of our scientific program. 36 posters from 10 cities and 3 countries were presented in electronic video format. All study projects presented were at high level and dealt with relevant topics on clinical and experimental cardiology, diagnosis of coronary artery disease and arterial hypertension, improvement of outpatient care, telemedicine, blood pressure monitoring during self-isolation. Great amount of participants' works reflected issues of modern cardiology, laboratory and genetic researches. According to results of the competition, R. Yaskevich took the first place (Krasnoyarsk), the second place was deservedly taken by A. Nishonov (Kemerovo), the third place was shared by I. Kologrivova (Tomsk) and S. Matskevich (Minsk).
Competition for Young Scientists was also held as part of the Congress. Research works were very successful and valuable. Jury assessed 9 reports from 6 cities. Votes were distributed as follows: A.M. Boyko got the first place according to the voting results. (Tomsk), the second place was shared by Yu.D. Lukyanchik (Tyumen) and O.V. Spirina (Minsk), third place was taken by A.A. Gakova (Tyumen). Incentive prize for participation was received by A.A. Mudrov. (Novosibirsk).
155 abstracts were included in collection of Congress Proceedings. Virtual exhibition presented modern achievements in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases with participation of 22 pharmaceutical companies. The Congress received accreditation in the system of continuous medical education (18 credits).