On October 25-27, 2018 Brainstorming meeting on nuclear cardiology and cardiac computed tomography of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging was held in Valencia, Spain. The purpose of this meeting was to develop strategic directions in the diagnosis of circulatory system diseases with an emphasis on ischemic and non-ischemic heart disease as the main cause of morbidity and mortality in European countries. The meeting was attended by associate professor of BSMU Department of General Medical Practice, chairman of the working group "Cardiovisualization" of the Belarusian Scientific Society of Cardiologists, Ph.D. Natalia N. Moroz-Vodolazhskaya.
One of the main issues of the meeting was the participation of European countries in actual SYNTAX III, SCOT-HEART, PACIFIC trial and other planned multi-center studies and registers. In 2019 the register of adherence to the European recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic coronary heart disease (CHD) 2013 - EURECA will be launched. Natalia N. Moroz-Vodolazhskaya was designated as the coordinator of this register in the Republic of Belarus, Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries.
Another issue of active discussion was the use of non-invasive technologies in the diagnosis of chronic CHD, in particular computed tomography (CT) for cardiac CT coronaryography, stress-only myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, stress echocardiography, stress myocardial positron emission tomography. The economic efficiency was determined and a one-third reduction in the cost of diagnosing and treating patients with chronic CHD with CT coronaryography, as a method ruling out coronary artery stenosis, was shown. In addition the use of other non-invasive methods of diagnosis of CHD was analyzed.
The participants discussed the need to search for European centers (educational or clinical) for conducting seminars, lectures, practical training on multimodal diagnosis of heart and vascular diseases using modern diagnostic methods.
During the meeting, leading European and American manufacturers of diagnostic equipment introduced participants to innovative non-invasive technologies in the field of diagnostics of coronary artery, myocardium and aorta status. In the “Voice of the Young” sections, young doctors presented the results of their own innovative non-invasive heart research.
The resolution of the meeting noted the need for wide involvement of the medical community in the educational process at the stages of medical postgraduate education, as well as stimulating young specialists to conduct research and search for new methods for early detection of atherosclerosis, determining the instability of atherosclerotic plaque.