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Cape Town Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy Symposium

28 September 2016 - 29 September 2016 Cape Town, South Africa Add to calendar

The Cardiovascular Diseases in Pregnancy Symposium is a highly interactive meeting on the importance of cardiovascular pathology in maternity, a great concern in South Africa, Africa and worldwide.

It aims to provide up-to-date information on a range of topics, e.g. physiological changes in pregnancy, cardiac diseases in maternity, their pathological mechanisms, current management and diagnosis and clinical research and therapies. We aim to share research interests with a global “from-bench-to-bedside” overview, to improve knowledge and find novel research strategies to tackle the high cardiovascular maternal morbidity and mortality rate.

The keynote speakers are leaders in the field of cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy. Their work has allowed great advances in the pathophysiological understanding, diagnosis and management of women suffering from heart dysfunction during pregnancy.

An impressive line-up of cardiac and/or maternity specialists from South Africa, Germany and France will participate and it will be attended by physicians, scientists and students from all over South Africa.

To register please send an email to Dr. Feriel Azibani


Cardiovascular Diseases in Pregnancy Academic Programme - 28 September 2016
9.00 – 9.25 Registration – Tea and Coffee
Chair morning session – Prof Karen Sliwa (SA) and Prof Vera Regitz-Zagrosek (Germany)
09.25 - 09.30 Opening Karen Sliwa (SA)
09.30 - 10.00 Sex difference in normal and pathological heart Jane-Lise Samuel (France)
10.00 - 10.30 Physiological and pathological cardiac remodelling during pregnancy
Vera Regitz-Zagrosek (Germany)
10.30 - 10.45 Management of heart failure in African women Sarah Kraus (SA)
10.45 - 11.00 Rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy Liesl Zühlke (SA)
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 11.45 Angiogenesis in the pregnant heart Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner (Germany)
11.45 - 12.00 Imaging of the pregnant heart Ntobeko Ntusi (SA)
12.15 - 12.45 Pulmonary hypertension and pregnancy outcome Johann Baard (SA)
12.45 - 13.30 Lunch
Chair afternoon session – Prof Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner (Germany) and Prof John Anthony (SA)
13.30 - 14.00 Cardiovascular pathology and maternal death in South Africa
Priya Soma-Pillay (SA)
14.00 - 14.30 Pathophysiological mechanisms of Peripartum cardiomyopathy
Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner (Germany)
14.30 - 15.00 The role of calcium in hypertension and pre-eclampsia Justus Hofmeyer (SA)
15.00 - 15.30 The EURObservational registry on Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: Results from the first 400 patients
Karen Sliwa (SA)
15.30 - 15.45 Circulating biomarkers in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Feriel Azibani (SA)
15.45 - 16.15 Systolic blood pressure and heart rate, predictors of outcome in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Elena Libhaber (SA)
16.15 - 16.30 Heart rate as a novel therapeutic target for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Aqeela Imamdin (SA)
16.30 - 17.00 Cardiac drugs in pregnancy John Anthony (SA)
17.00 - 17.10 Closing Karen Sliwa (SA)
19.00 Dinner

Cardiovascular Diseases in Pregnancy & Protect-Africa study Academic Programme - 29 September 2016
9.00 – 11.00 Clinical Visit Cardiac Disease Maternity, E17, Groote Schuur Hospital
Karen Sliwa & John Anthony1
11.30 - 13.00 Post Graduate Workshop on Research Development Research Mentors2
Postgraduate students
13.00 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 16.00 Protect Africa: Data Analysis and early results Kim Lamont (SA)
Kimberley Keates (Australia)
Kemi Tibazarwa (Tanzania)
Sandra Pretorius (SA)

1: Clinicians are welcome to attend the clinical visit.
2: Research Mentors
Prof Karen Sliwa Hatter Institute (HICRA), University of Cape Town (SA)
Prof Denise-Hilfiker-Kleiner Dept of Cardiology and Angiology, MHH (Germany)
Dr Jane-lise Samuel Inserm U942, University Paris 7 (France)
Prof Vera Regitz-Zagrosek Berlin Institute of Gender in Medicine (GiM), Charité (Germany)
Prof Priya Soma-Pillay Steve Biko Academic Hospital, University of Pretoria (SA)
Prof Sandrine Lecour Hatter Institute (HICRA), University of Cape Town (SA)
Prof Justus Hofmeyer East London Complex, Walter Sisulu University (SA)
Prof Elena Libhaber School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand (SA)
Participants: All Postgraduate students are welcome to participate to the workshop.
Feriel Azibani (SA), Kim Lamont (SA), Kimberley Keates (Australia), Kemi Tibazarwa (Tanzania), Sandra Pretorius (SA),
Hedy Almeida (Spain), Aqeela Imamdin (SA), Johan Baard (SA), Sarah Kraus (SA)

For further information:
SA Heart - Cape Town Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy Symposium