The largest cardiovascular Conference in the world, organized by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), was from Saturday 27 to 31 August 2016. The exchange of new scientific knowledge in cardiology is of great importance to life expectancy. Research has shown that 70 percent of the increased life expectancy measured between 1960 and 2000 is due to innovations in cardiology.
With the CONCOR researchers and foreign colleagues of the Working Group ISACHD (International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease) was the Congress concluded with a cosy dinner in Rome!
Below an impression of a successful evening:
Several posters of CONCOR researchers were presented at the Congress among other of Ilja Blok; "serial measurements improve risk stratification".
Determining the prognosis of patients with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension is tricky. Currently being used for risk stratification in studies of certain parameters that are associated with the prognosis. His current study shows that this risk stratification still could be improved by making use of changes over time in these same parameters. In doing so, it appears that abnormalities in certain parameters affect the forecast only minimally while others treat as a matter of urgency.