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Scientific Programme

WCC 2016 is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 16 hours of External CME credits and the Mexican Council of Cardiology provides 6 CME to Mexican practitioners.


Tracks covered:

  • Global health / Political advocacy: led by Pekka Puska (Finland)
  • Latin American Cardiology (with simultaneus interpretation into Spanish): led by Marcia Barbosa (Brazil)
  • Coronary artery disease: led by Pedro Moreno (Colombia/USA) and Hector Garcia (Mexico/Netherlands)
  • Arrhythmias: led by Carlos Morillo (Colombia/Canada)
  • Imaging and technology: led by Mouaz Al-Mallah (Saudi Arabia/USA)
  • Heart failure: led by Karen Sliwa (South Africa)
  • Preventive cardiology: led by David Wood (UK)
  • Other cardiac diseases including Rheumatic Fever and Chagas’ disease: led by Liesl Zühlke (South Africa)
  • Epidemiology / Public health / Health systems: led by Martin McKee (UK)
  • World Heart Federation Roadmaps for reducing Cardiovascular Disease
  • Integrated heart health around the world
  • Pre-congress sessions
  • Member sessions

The Congress Programme Committee led by four co-chairs Erick Alexánderson (Mexico), Deborah Chen (Jamaica), Jagat Narula (USA) and David Wood (UK) supported by topic leaders is creating a unique opportunity for specialists from different disciplines to exchange best practice and contribute to building innovative solutions to reduce the burden of CVD.

The official language of WCC is English, and some sessions will be held in Spanish and/or interpreted.

NCD Cafe

For the first time, supporters of the NCD Alliance have hosted the NCD Café throughout the WCC. In addition to CVD, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) include cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes and mental and neurological disorders. Six sessions took place, on themes which span NCD prevention, patient engagement, multisectoral partnerships, financing, and healthy urban environments. These sessions offered the opportunity for discussion and debate with leading experts in an open and interactive setting, and to explore the rationale for a shared response to CVD and other NCDs.