April was the month of the heart in Cuba and the arrival of Spring also saw the arrival of renowned interventionist and nuclear cardiology specialists to the Island.

Two events were held where cardiologists from Cuba and countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Spain and the United States discussed new techniques and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

April was the month of the heart in Cuba and the arrival of Spring also saw the arrival of renowned interventionist and nuclear cardiology specialists to the Island.Firstly, the Havana Convention Center hosted the XXIX Latin American Interventionist Cardiology Event, jointly sponsored by the Society of Latin American Interventionist Cardiologists (Solaci in Spanish) and the Cuban Public Health Ministry.

During this event, experts exchanged views and exhibited a range of new appliances for cardio-vascular treatments, amongst the most novel of which being the percutaneous aortic valves for heart stenosis presented by Eulogio García, chief of Hemodynamics and Interventionist Cardiology at the Montepríncipe University Hospital in Madrid.

He explained that the method permits access to the valves that connect the aorta to the left ventricle through smaller arteries to replace them with more flexible valves, without the need for any surgical intervention.

The cardiologist said that they had considered the possibility of implementing these valves in Cuba soon, in collaboration with other Spanish specialists.

During the interventionist cardiology sessions two operations were broadcast in real time from the theater of the Medical Surgery Research Center (Cimeq in Spanish), which allowed the delegates observe the way procedures are carried out in Cuba.

In an exclusive interview with The Havana Reporter, Solaci president, Ricardo Lluberas, stated that the event had created a space for Latin American countries to meet and share in order to overcome the difficulties related to access to instruments for the development of interventionist cardiology.

Prevention is better than cure; Nuclear cardiology and cardiac imagery.

If interventionist cardiology studies the best surgical methods for heart problems, nuclear cardiology is a tool used to predict what the correct procedures will be prior to surgical interventions or the issue of any medication to the patient.

April was the month of the heart in Cuba and the arrival of Spring also saw the arrival of renowned interventionist and nuclear cardiology specialists to the Island.This was the reason for the VII Ibero-American Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Imagery Congress at Cuba’s Hotel Nacional, sponsored by institutions such as the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and the American College of Cardiology.

According to Amalia Peix, president of the organizing committee, the seventh edition of the event represented an opportunity for younger specialists to learn about the technological advances that contribute to the professional formation of Cuban cardiologists.

She also stressed that Cuba was preparing for nuclear cardiology development with the purchase of new equipment such as state of the art tomographs and high-field resonators for cardiovascular magnetic resonances.

Renowned personalities from the world of nuclear cardiology such as the North Americans Richard Chazal and Brian Abbott, presidents of the American College of Cardiology and the American Nuclear Cardiology Society respectively were in attendance.

Maurizio Dondi, a consultant from the Nuclear Medicine Section of the Human Health Division of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Erick Alexanderson, president of the Mexican Cardiology Society also participated.

The event addressed topics such as the multimodality cost-benefit focused application of image techniques in cardiology and the contribution of nuclear technology to the establishment of ischemia and the applications of positron emitting tomography (PET).

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