Saving lives – sharing expertise at cardiology masterclass

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Cardiology masterclass

Almost 100 GPs from across the region gathered on 29 March to hear the very latest cardiology advice from West Herts’ cardiology team. At the packed training and education day, attendees got the latest on the main areas of contemporary cardiology practice, with a focus on management pathways for specific symptoms and conditions and how to best manage patients in our local area.

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Topics included palpitations, heart failure and how to use the heart failure service, management of hypertension, and management of valvular heart disease. The meeting was timely because the Trust’s cardiology department has recently expanded and now has 14 full or part time cardiologists. These cover the full range of cardiac sub-specialties including intervention, pacemakers and devices, electrophysiology, heart failure, cardiomyopathy and imaging – including cardiac CT and MRI in our new purpose built cardiac imaging suite.

The course organiser and Cardiology lead Dr Nearchos Hadjiloizou said: “We ran a similar event last year but this year the meeting exceeded all our expectations. We had a great attendance, great facilities and most importantly great talks from all of my colleagues. This was organised in the spirit of cooperation, team-working and promoting education and support to our primary care colleagues. We are always keen to develop close links with our primary care colleagues from across West Hertfordshire, and it was great to meet so many of them on the day.”

The event, held at Watford Stadium Vicarage Road, was funded via Raise thanks to generous corporate support from Daiichi-Sankyo and Bristol-Myers Squibb/ Pfizer.