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EuroPRevent2012, the premier international forum for preventive cardiology
Mar 5, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

Sophia Antipolis 5 March 2012: Each year over 4.3 million people in Europe will die of cardiovascular disease (CVD), yet many of these deaths might have been prevented through the widespread adoption of simple interventions such as smoking cessation, weight loss, improved diets and increased exercise. At EuroPRevent2012 the latest studies on lifestyle interventions will be presented, together with cutting-edge research on sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, population science, health policy and basic and translational science.

The new European Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice (version 2012) will also be announced at this meeting.

Delegates will find themselves right at the sharp end of prevention. With CVD representing the biggest overall cause of death in Europe, it's essential that everyone is brought up to speed with the latest research, says Professor Volker Adams, co-chairperson of the EuroPRevent Congress Programme Committee.

It's increasingly recognised that drugs and interventions alone, while impressive, only offer a salvage approach to CVD. The most effective way forward to bring mortality down is through widespread adoption of prevention initiatives, adds Professor Ian Graham, co-chairperson of the Programme Committee and local organiser of the meeting.

EuroPRevent2012, which expects to attract over 1,200 delegates, has been organised by the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

EuroPRevent2012, which represents the largest cardiovascular prevention conference in Europe, has been designed to cater for cardiologists, family doctors, nurses, allied health professionals (such as dieticians), sports scientists, psychologists, health planners and politicians.

Overall 46 symposia will be held over three days in four parallel sessions, with highlights such as telemedicine in cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, new facts on the obesity challenge (including what works in real life weight loss), the latest data on fish intake in primary prevention, the impact of arterial stiffness for cardiovascular prevention, and the role of heart rate in prognosis.

The importance of hypertension, a condition affecting one in four adults in Europe, is underlined by the interactive master class on hypertension, lasting all day Thursday 3 May.

The programme covers the state of art in hypertension management, with hot topics including new treatment strategies, how to select the right drug for the right patient, advances in stroke prevention management, optimal blood pressure goals for the brain, heart and kidney, and the link between hypertension and atrial fibrillation. Controlling hypertension represents one of the most fundamental aspects of prevention because it's the cause of so many cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, and heart failure, says Adams, from the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Altogether over 500 abstracts have been selected for presentation, with news worthy studies for the media to watch out for including:

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