From October 11th to 13th, Almazov Centre hosted the XI Saint Petersburg School of Arrhythmology 2023. This year’s edition focused on revised clinical guidelines for cardiac arrhythmias of the Russian Society of Cardiology. The event was held as part of the programme of the WCRC for Personalized Medicine with support from the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
In his opening remarks, Evgeny Shlyakhto, Director General of Almazov Centre, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, highlighted that the problem of cardiac arrhythmias is of real social importance for the Russian Federation and poses substantial health risks in terms of morbidity and mortality, as well as a huge economic burden for the state.
«This is a multidisciplinary problem and it is very important that this event attracts both cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and functional diagnosticians. It is also very important that the school is of a practical nature and aims to develop competences,» emphasized Prof. Shlyakhto.
Discussions were centered around the topical issues of modern arrhythmology, including various aspects of diagnosis, non-surgical and interventional approaches to the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction disorders.
The event featured plenary and breakout sessions, symposia, workshops and round tables on the main topics of arrhythmology and new technologies for arrhythmia treatment, live broadcasts from operating theatres and hands-on training on simulators, practical courses on programming of implantable devices and clinical case discussions. A number of thematic symposia were organized to analyze new aspects of diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias included in the 2023 revision of the Russian Society of Cardiology's clinical guidelines for ventricular arrhythmias, ventricular tachycardia and sudden cardiac death; atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter; supraventricular tachycardia; bradyarrhythmias and conduction disorders; syncope conditions.
The School also included a joint meeting of the Commission of the Scientific Council on Circulatory Diseases of the RAS Medical Science Department and the Arrhythmology Commission of the Russian Ministry of Health themed «Clinical guidelines on arrhythmias: approaches to reduce mortality from circulator diseases». As usual, the event was of great interest to the medical community, uniting over 1,500 attendees, 502 of whom connected online.