By Frank W. Sellke, MD, FAHA, Committee on Scientific Sessions Program Chair
It’s the final day of Scientific Sessions 2016 — without a doubt one of the best AHA meetings ever. And I’m happy to report that some of the best programming has been saved for last.
We start with a Main Event session, our last Late-Breaking Clinical Trials session: “Guiding the Momentum to Effect HF Outcomes – Ironing Out the Wrinkles” (see description below). Five exceptional trials will be presented:
- “Transcatheter Interatrial Shunt Device Provides Sustained Clinical Benefit at One Year in Patients with Preserved or Mildly Reduced Ejection Fraction: The REDUCE LAP Heart Failure Trial.” Will this be the answer for treating HFpEF?
- “ATHENA HF – Aldosterone Targeted NeuroHormonal CombinEd with Natriuresis TherApy in Heart Failure Trial”
- “Oral Iron Repletion effects ON Oxygen Up Take in Heart Failure (IRONOUT HF)”
- “Effect of Ferric Carboxymaltose on Exercise Capacity in Patients with Iron Deficiency and Chronic Heart Failure (EFFECT-HF): A Randomized, Controlled Study”
- “MOMENTUM 3 – Multicenter Study of MagLev Technology in Patients Undergoing Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapy with HeartMate 3 — Primary Results of the Short Term (6 months) Cohort.” This trial has the potential to change how we treat patients with end-stage heart failure.
These and other presentations this week will undoubtedly have long-lasting implications on treating our cardiovascular disease patients. The wide-ranging and cutting-edge clinical, population and basic science presentations are clearly what make AHA Scientific Sessions the premier cardiovascular meeting in the world.
Thank you, AHA staff and the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program, for your skills and hard work putting this meeting together.
Now, I turn over the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program chairmanship to the most capable Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA. I’m sure he’ll do an exemplary job and improve the quality of the meeting yet again.
See you next year at Scientific Sessions 2017, Nov. 11-15, in Anaheim, California.