Cardiology Update 2013

Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues

It is our pleasure to announce the 20th Cardiology Update Course to be held in Davos, Switzerland from 10–15 February 2013. In its anniversary year, this five-day programme offers a comprehensive update of major topics in cardiology presented by a distinguished international teaching faculty. Since its foundation in 1975, Cardiology Update has been held every second year in Davos and the course has benefited from an increasing reputation and growing number of participants over the years. The course is a joint educational programme from Zurich Heart House / Foundation for Cardiovascular Research, the University Hospital Zurich and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

The educational objectives are to review and disseminate the latest knowledge about advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and to discuss their impact on clinical practice. The scientific programme covers a broad spectrum of topics including atherosclerosis and its risk factors, coronary artery disease, acute coronary syndromes, revascularisation strategies, arrhythmias, heart failure, valve disease and stem-cell therapy. Special lectures will be dedicated to the newest ESC Practice Guidelines.

Cardiology Update is designed for clinicians specialised in cardiology, internal and general medicine. Besides the traditional state-of-the-art lectures, a strong emphasis is placed on interactive education with the aim to provide guidance in everyday practice. The features include case presentations with computer-assisted voting, clinical-decision seminars and meet-the-expert-sessions. Poster Sessions inform about new scientific findings at the frontier of cardiology. The spirit of the course is a stimulating working and learning environment, offering great opportunities for networking among faculty members and participants.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at this Cardiology Update anniversary meeting.


Thomas F. Lüscher, M.D.
Professor and Chairman Cardiology
University Hospital Zurich


Bertram Pitt, M.D.
Professor of Medicine Emeritus
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Ann Arbor MI, USA


Thierry C. Gillebert, M.D.
Professor of Cardiology
ESC Education Committee
University of Ghent, Belgium


Ruth Amstein, Ph.D.
Director Zurich Heart House
Foundation for Cardiovascular Research
Zurich, Switzerland

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