Eleventh Oriental Congress of Cardiology
On May 25 to 28, 2017, the 11th Oriental Congress of Cardiology (OCC) was held in Shanghai, China, welcoming >13 000 attendees from around the world. To disseminate emerging knowledge regarding cardiovascular diseases, the central theme of OCC has been “Open, Creative, Cooperative.” This year’s gathering provided an outstanding platform for physicians and scientists from both China and abroad to share novel insights into disease mechanism, diagnosis, and therapeutics.
During the 3.5-day scientific program, dozens of internationally renowned experts, including Professors J. Hill, P. Libby, I. Komuro, Ch. Hamm, J. Camm, and D. Wood and many domestic experts, delivered lectures. As a highlight of our international collaborative efforts, >50 members of the Chinese American Heart Association were invited to discuss cutting-edge research and cardiology training experiences in the United States.
In his opening speech, the president of the Chinese Society of Cardiology, Professor J. Ge, announced a new index, the China Cardiovascular Index, which analyzes the distribution of cardiovascular disease burden in China. This novel epidemiological instrument incorporates >50 variables of risk factor exposure, premature cardiovascular death, risk factor control (eg, hypertension, smoking), and air quality. The China Cardiovascular Index is likely to emerge as a valuable tool for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and clinical investigators. Going forward, the China Cardiovascular Index will track the impact of novel initiatives (eg, chest pain centers, smoking cessation efforts), hopefully contributing to the control of cardiovascular diseases in China.
Productive discussions were facilitated in carefully organized fora. At the Interventional Cardiology forum, in addition to lectures on antiplatelet therapies, live cases were performed and broadcasted from several Shanghai hospitals. Complex coronary interventions, including chronic total occlusion and left main stenosis, were performed. Dr S. Walsh conducted a live-case right coronary artery-chronic total occlusion from Belfast, and a complex transcatheter aortic valve replacement case was broadcasted live from Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University. Another highlight of this year’s OCC was the foundation of the Chinese College of Cardiology. The Committee of Health and Family Planning formulated a policy to build a National Cardiovascular Specialists Training Program. “The college is in charge of this program and cardiologists’ continuous education,” noted the immediate past president of the Chinese Society of Cardiology, Professor Huo. Furthermore, as another way to advance cardiovascular research in China, the OCC has established a number of continuing education and training programs, including satellite meetings in rural counties and competition for the Oriental Rising Star award for early career professionals.
The percutaneous coronary intervention cinema was a new feature of OCC 2017. Different percutaneous coronary intervention procedures were performed, recorded, and composed as an action film. Each movie script depicted heroes defeating villains using a range of weapons. Typical cardiac enemies included chronic total occlusions, calcified lesions, and bifurcation lesions.
In summary, the 11th OCC provided outstanding dissemination of state-of-the-art cardiovascular science and medicine. Partnering with leading cardiology organizations worldwide, the OCC will continue to lead the way to foster outstanding education and research in China and abroad.
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