2015 Port Douglas Heart Meeting Blog

2015 Port Douglas Heart Meeting Blog

Welcome to the live blog of the 2015 Port Douglas Heart Meeting and Expo. SHDA will be covering many of the talks throughout the meeting, so check back here for the latest updates. The page will refresh automatically with new comments.

Time: Wednesday 3rd June – Sunday 6th June 2015.

 

Ms Ruth Ramm from EchoED blogging for us from Port Douglas.

Port Douglas Heart Meeting & Expo kicked off this week with 400 attendees from around Australia and NZ attending this four day conference .  12 international speakers joined the 58 national faculty.  The weather is a beautiful 24 degrees.

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Dr Charles Bruce, Mayo Clinic, opened the conference with a great lecture titled “From its early beginnings to applications in the era of structural intervention and beyond”. What a lecture! Dr Bruce took the audience on a journey from 1953 to 2015 and beyond.

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Dr Carole Warnes, Mayo Clinic, presented a lecture on Adult CHD. Dr Warnes continues to deliver highly engaging lectures.  The take home
message was “Everything is different”.

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PD 2015 attendees were treated to an amazing anatomical display of hearts with congenital heart defects.  Specimens were shown, the echo played, and the MRI displayed.  Great session by Dr Jim Wilkinson, Dr Megan Sherwood and Dr Raj Puranik.

 

Dr Rick Nishimura, Dr David Celermajer and Dr Darryl Burstow took us through a world of Right Heart, Diastology and Prosthetic Heart Valves.  Excellent presentations.

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Day 2 of PD 2015 started with two sessions.

“The Secret Sonographers Business”. 7 speakers, 7 topics, 18 minutes each. A fantastic morning of Case study – “Make the diagnosis” presented by Dr Charles Bruce and Dr Darryl Burstow. Dr Greg Scalia, Dr Jonathan Chan, Ruth Ramm, Bonita Anderson and Tony Forshaw continued this Sonographer Educational session. A well attended, and most enjoyable session. Great feedback received for all speakers.

Pulmonary incompetence – look at the P1/2 time – the slope the cycle.

 

Dr Greg Scalia – prosthetic regurgitation or “more”.

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Darryl Burstow – the “wave between the e and the a what does it mean…

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Doppler / TDI “align align align”

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Friday at PD 2015 started with the “Preventative Cardiology Symposium”.  Dr Nathan Wong described CV risk assessment.  Followed by a great line up of Matt Budoff, Robert Vogel and Con Aroney.

The afternoon session split the audience into 4 groups – Echo & MRI; Lipids, Lifestyle & Ex; Surgery & Intervention & ECG’s.  The Echo & MRI session showed one interesting case after another.  The national and international faculty worked well together.  Once again we were captured by the enthusiasm of Charles Bruce, Rick Nishimura, Darryl Burstow & Carole Warnes.

 

Dr Robert Vogel Presenting Lipids and lifestyle…..

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The final day of PD 2015 started with the vendors, Echocardiographers and Cardiologists demonstrating their machines in a 2 hour hands-on session.  Rheumatic MS, peri membranous VSD, Congenitally corrected transposition were some of the patient pathologies.  Attendees seemed to enjoy interacting with both doctor and Sonographer, and looking at what’s new in Cardiac Ultrasound.

Following morning tea a session titled “Weekend Magazine” began.

Dr Robert Vogel discussed Saturated Fats in length & Salt in our diets.  Great lecture!  Dr Richmond Jeremy lectured on the dilated aorta – use the Z score calculator and always assess the entire aorta, was one take home message!  The last day of PD 2015 will finish at 5:30 today.  An amazing conference.  A great educational arena to learn and socialise with old colleagues and new friends.  Thank you Stephen Fenton and the PD 2015 team.

 

Saturday PD 2015.

The final day of PD 2015 started with the vendors, Echocardiographers and Cardiologists demonstrating their machines in a 2 hour hands-on session.

Rheumatic MS, peri membranous VSD, Congenitally corrected transposition were some of the patient pathologies. Attendees seemed to enjoy interacting with both doctor and Sonographer, and looking at what’s new in Cardiac Ultrasound.

 

Thank you Ruth and the #PD15 team for putting on another great educational week.

Farewell Port Douglas

 

 

About The Author

Structural Heart Disease Australia

Structural Heart Disease Australia is an incorporated association focused on education in valvular and structural cardiac diseases. It was started by group of echocardiographers, anaesthetists, clinical and interventional cardiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons to provide a useful learning resource for medical professionals.

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