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CPD Module- Cardiac Amyloidosis

2 CPD Hours Authors Dr Neasa Starr, Advanced Heart Failure Registrar, and Prof Niall Mahon, Consultant Cardiologist, Mater University Hospital, Dublin Learning objectives of this module: Understand the principal causes (AL amyloidosis and ATTR) and underlying pathophysiology of cardiac amyloidosis Identify patients to screen for cardiac amyloidosis and the subsequent diagnostic process Develop insight into…

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Steering the ship in choppy waters

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 Incoming President of the ICS Prof Vincent Maher, Consultant Cardiologist, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, has outlined his hopes and plans for the Society during his tenure, adding that he views the financial inequality brought about by the new-entrant consultant contract as unfair and a disincentive…

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The ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ of atherosclerosis

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 In a session chaired by Dr Ian Menown, Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Invasive Cardiology at the Craigavon Cardiac Centre, Co Armagh, attendees at the conference heard a presentation from Prof Alberto Zambon, Director at the Lipoprotein Core Laboratory, Centre for Atherosclerosis Prevention and Treatment,…

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Strong range of virtual presentations at 2020 conference

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 The always highly-anticipated Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award, supported by Servier, this year featured a varied range of speakers and topics, ranging from ventricular arrhythmia to PCSK9 inhibition. This year’s judging panel comprised Prof Jim Crowley, President, ICS; Prof Albert McNeill, Past-President, ICS; and Prof…

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Perspectives on heart failure

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 Due to the virtual nature of this year’s ICS Scientific Meeting, attendance was increased compared to previous years and delegates had access to oral abstracts, general posters and moderated posters that covered all aspects of cardiology, from valve replacement and balloon angioplasty, to cardiac toxicity…

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Putting together the pieces of the cardiology ‘jigsaw’

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 Closing the 2020 meeting, outgoing ICS President Prof Jim Crowley told the attendees: “It has been both an honour and a privilege to serve my term as President of the ICS. This last year has been unprecedented because of the pandemic and has brought a…

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ICS embraces virtual conference format

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 The Irish Cardiac Society (ICS) 71st Annual Scientific Meeting was opened by outgoing ICS President Prof Jim Crowley, who thanked those who attended in its virtual format and expressed his hope that next year’s meeting could return to its normal face-to-face setting. “I would like…

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Rise of the machines in cardiology

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 The first of the Saturday sessions was chaired by Prof Aaron Peace, Consultant Cardiologist and Research and Development Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT). Prof Peace introduced Prof Nico Bruining, Head, eCardiology, Clinical Epidemiology and Innovation (KEI), Thoraxcentre, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam,…

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CPD Module- Cholesterol lowering diet

1.5 CPD Hours Authors Med iLearning. Initiated, funded and reviewed by Benecol. This module provides an overview of lowering cholesterol using a dietary approach. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the importance of preventing cardiovascular disease, the benefits of a cholesterol-lowering diet and the role of plant stanols and sterols. To earn CME credit,…

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‘Pragmatic solutions’ will be found in cross-border care post-Brexit

Dr Albert McNeill, former President of the Irish Cardiac Society (ICS), spoke with the Medical Independent (MI) during the recent ICS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM regarding the ongoing chaos around Britain leaving the EU and how this might or might not affect cross-border cardiac care and collaboration. In a previous interview with MI,…

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