Dear Colleagues

Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Project Group (PVH PG), which set of 3 years ago as Adult Cardiology initiative, subgroup of Turkish Cardiology Association, in the beginning has been one of the most prolific subgroups of our national association and has managed to sign important events as a real voluntarism movement spread all round the country within this period.  In PVH PG  sessions in our national Cardiology congresses, various sides of vascular diseases have been taken into the agenda, and knowledge and experience transfers, which will increase the level of awareness aimed at such diseases and which will bring our operations in diagnosis and treatment approaches compatible with international guides have been aimed. Consensus Texts published in JACC magazine of Nice 2013 5.  World Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium, full text of 2014 ESC Pulmonary Emboli Guide, hand book and mobile phone application were translated into Turkish, and also, together with a committee appointed by Turkish Thorax Association, 2015 ESC/ERS   Pulmonary Hypertension Guide was translated, hand book was presented in our national congress. In addition, in order to put forward the accumulation of knowledge and experience formed on Pulmonary Vascular Diseases in our Country with also our own national data, SIMURG National Pulmonary Hypertension record study, which was started by PVH  PG,  is about to be completed.

This time, we are before you with a bigger goal, with Intercontinental Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Meeting which is to be held in İstanbul, which is our unique city, which combines continents and seas, which integrates civilizations following one after another, on 15-16 April 2016. Our meeting has gained the identity of real intercontinental meeting with international names from USA, Iran, European, Middle East, Gulf and Far East countries whose attendances have become definite from the beginning.   Not only will the subjects such as assessment of Pulmonary Circulation and right heart with multimodality imaging, heart catheterization, acute pulmonary emboli, chronic thromboembolic  pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary arterial hypertension, pulmonary arterial hypertension depending on congenital heart diseases, pulmonary hypertension presents on the grounds of cardiac insufficiency, balloon pulmonary angioplasty, pulmonary  endarterectomy, pulmonary  artery  denervation, adult and pediatric lung transplantation, applications of supportive devices on patients with severe diseases, be discussed in the meeting, but also applications aimed at pulmonary hypertension in various regions of the world will be talked with panel discussions. The main theme of our meeting has been determined as “Bridges over challenging waters in Pulmonary Vascular Diseases” by gaining inspiration from three bridges which bring the continents together. So, our meeting has focused on presenting bridges to intercontinental, interregional and interdisciplinary meetings in the areas of adult and pediatric cardiology, pulmonology, rheumatology, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, intensive care specialty, pulmonary hypertension and cardiac insufficiency nursing.

The most prestigious dimension of the meeting will obviously be the presentation of Prof. Dr Nazzareno Galie; “From the kingdom of near-dead to new frontiers in pulmonary hypertension”.  

We believe, there are too much causes to not miss a such a rich program, to exchange views with leading experts in the field with a new scientific collaboration opportunities in the unique Istanbul spring, to wish establishing the bridge to new friendships , you are invited to this significant meeting.


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