A report by Gavin McClean
EuroPrevent, soon to be renamed ESC Preventative Cardiology, is the leading international congress on preventive cardiology, organised by the European Association for Preventative Cardiology (EAPC), and was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 11-13th April 2019. Attendance at this conference provided the opportunity to attend over 60 scientific sessions, over 3 days of scientific exchange, offering the prospect of meeting over 1400 healthcare professionals from over 50 countries, in addition to 165 international expert faculty members.
As a congress on preventive cardiology, symposiums ranged from ‘Management of the elderly frail patient in cardiac rehabilitation’ to ‘Protecting the stars of tomorrow – Cardiac imaging strategies in the paediatric athlete’. Symposiums ranged in style, from traditional presentations to case-based discussions on imaging in athletes, wherein, speakers discussed cases presented at their clinic, with members of the audience invited to provide their opinion on further diagnostic test evaluations and diagnosis of disease via a quiz format. Presentations, therefore, offered both a formal and practical learning experience, that is freely available to review at https://esc365.escardio.org/ until Wednesday, 10 July 2019.
As a soon to be Ph.D. graduate, exploring the effect of physical growth, biological maturation and ethnicity on cardiac pre-participation screening in male paediatric athletes, presentation of my findings in a moderated poster examination, was a fantastic opportunity. This session provided a platform for personal development, facilitated by the opportunity to speak to international investigators in person, enabling me to seek their advice and review innovative ideas, whilst establishing international collaborations where possible.
As a Young Ambassador of the EAPC, recently elected Young Ambassador Representative in the EAPC 2018-2020 Membership Committee and Young Community Core Group, attendance at this conference allowed me to both maintain and build upon European collaborations within the field of Preventative Cardiology. Furthermore, as per my role in the Membership Committee, attendance at this conference facilitated my contribution to the development of the EAPC community.
Attendance at EuroPrevent 2019 was not limited to presentations and discussions led by world experts, but also presented a unique opportunity to meet and engage with peers and international experts through a variety of social events. Namely, the Young Community Cocktails attended not only by young investigators but also by established members of the faculty. Furthermore, Young investigators were encouraged to attend the young community open meeting, providing the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow peers on ideas to raise awareness and promote preventative cardiology within attendees’ respective countries, whilst also meeting the editor in chief of the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology. The Young Community is an ever growing new endeavour of the EAPC, with members of our LinkedIn group increasing year on year, boasting over 350 members and a newly formed Facebook group.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the British Society for Cardiovascular Research for their support in allowing me to travel to this international congress.