The HUB has hosted the IV International Course of Mechanical Circulatory Assistance

On February 23rd and 24th , the Bellvitge University Hospital hosted the IV International Course of Mechanical Circulatory Assistance, led  by Dr.Carles Fontanillas, Dr. Nicolás Manito, Dr. Albert Miralles and Dr. Jose Gonzalez Costello, all of the Department of Heart Disease of the HUB.

The course, recognized as the most important in Spain in circulatory assistance, brought together top worldwide experts in the field.

Experts from prestigious centers of Berlin, New York, Paris, Bad Oeynhausen, Regensburg and Hamburg, as well as speakers of Spanish centers that also have experience in these technologies, such as the Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro and Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre attended this event.

They have dealt with issues such as short-term ventricular assistance in cardiogenic shock, the long-term care in chronic heart failure, biventricular assistance for medium or long duration, or ventricular assistance in children.

Bellvitge University Hospital has been a leader in mechanical circulatory assistance since its beginnings.  It pioneered the introduction of intra-aortic balloon pump (1974), the use of external centrifugal pumps (1984), the external pulsatile pump Abiomed (1992) in the incorporated permanent ventricular assistance (2007). In November 2011, pioneered in the establishment of a permanent ventricular assistance that has allowed the patient to have a normal life at home for the first time in Catalonia.

The increased prevalence of acute and chronic advanced heart failure, the limited availability of hearts for transplantation, and continued progress in the efficiency, safety and comfort of the mechanical devices provide an increasingly important role of mechanical circulatory assistance, complementing increasingly the role in the technique of heart transplantation as a therapy for advanced heart failure.

March 2012

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