ACC Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean 2023 Conference Highlights Evidence-Based Strategies, Contemporary Best Practices for Improving Heart Health

The American College of Cardiology and the Hellenic Society of Cardiology have united to create an innovative educational experience to strengthen CV practice

Contact: Julie Boyland, ,

ATHENS, GREECE (Oct 30, 2023) -

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Hellenic Society of Cardiology have teamed up to host the ACC Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean 2023 conference. The annual forum kicks off on November 3 – 5 in Athens, Greece, and puts the spotlight on the latest in cardiovascular prevention.

Global experts will converge for an innovative educational experience to discuss best practices for improving the heart health of patients with cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. There are an estimated 11 million new cases of heart disease in Europe each year, while cardiovascular diseases are responsible for one-third of all deaths in the Middle East and North Africa.

The conference caters to all members of the cardiac care team in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean region. Topic areas will include electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiomyopathies, interventional and ischemic heart disease, multimodality imaging, prevention and health promotion, and valvular heart disease. Tarek Helmy, MD, FACC, and Athanasios J. Manolis, MD, PhD, will serve as co-chairs for the conference.

“The ACC Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean brings together a very diverse scientific audience and promotes the sharing of knowledge,” Manolis said.

Must-see plenary sessions include:

  • Advances in Heart Failure
  • Diversity, Equity and Belonging in Cardiology: Building a Sustainable Profession
  • Top Trials to Impact Your Practice

“The American College of Cardiology Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean 2023 Conference is a continuation of the international effort by the ACC to partner with cardiologists around the world to disseminate knowledge and advance the field of cardiology. This will be a great opportunity for cardiologists from the region, in collaboration with the ACC, to share expertise, exchange information, and establish and grow professional networks,” Helmy said.

Clinical Cases and Poster Presentations

The following list provides a brief look at the clinical cases and posters to be presented during the ACC Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean 2023 conference. All abstracts are embargoed until Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 8 a.m. ET/2 p.m. EET.

  • Cardiovascular Burden of Different Strains of COVID-19
  • Comparative Assessment of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prevention Tools in a Middle Eastern Population
  • The Impact of Patient’s Verbal Complaints and Body Language on Diagnosis and Early Triage of Cases of Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Clinical Characteristics, Disease Severity and Outcomes of Young Patients Presenting with De Novo Acute Coronary Syndromes in the Middle East/Gulf Region
  • Factors Responsible for Worse Outcomes in STEMI Patients with Early vs Delayed Treatment Presenting in a Tertiary Care Center in a Third World County

Interactive Learning Lab & ACC Fit Jeopardy

During the three-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to strengthen their clinical knowledge and sharpen their core cardiology skills at the interactive learning lab. Some popular features of the learning lab include a personalized skills area, the Heart Songs 5 module, and ECG Drill & Practice. Attendees can even join global experts in challenging clinical case discussions on real life cases.

ACC Middle East & Eastern European chapter teams will put their knowledge to the test during the FIT Jeopardy sessions. Participants will be quizzed on a range of topics—such as imaging, prevention, and interventional cardiology—in a fun, engaging gameshow format. Each team will consist of three Fellows in Training (FITs) and the winning team will compete at the ACC.24 competition in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2024.

Learn more about the meeting and see the full agenda here.

Roundtable on Health Workforce Capacity Development

Across the globe, health systems are facing a shortage of health care providers. During the conference, there will be an exclusive roundtable sponsored by Viatris to explore solutions to the health workforce crisis. The roundtable is invite-only and will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. local time. Athena Poppas, past president of the ACC, will deliver the opening remarks, focusing on ACC’s ongoing support for health capacity development through programs like NCD Academy.

How to Register as Media

Please reach out to the ACC Press Office to request media registration or to receive embargoed copies of posters. All registrants will be required to provide appropriate documentation and/or media credentials as per the ACC Media and Communications policies.

If you have questions, please contact the ACC Press Office at Katie Glenn,

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