Pre-Congress Workshops

Workshop: CVD Imbizo R 810
Workshop: Cardiology for the Non-Cardiologist in consultations with HeFSSA Complimentary
Workshop: Cardiac Surgery R 810
Workshop: Echocardiography R 810
Workshop: Paediatric Cardiology R 810

Brief description of Workshops:

CVD Imbizo

Cardiovascular Disease has been identified as the next medical pandemic to affect South Africa and low and middle-income countries all over the world. Critical thinking and swift action are important in averting and instituting fundamental interventions to address this.  This year, our Imbizo will focus its efforts on Human Resource Development, Career and Capacity Building.  We will explore solutions and consider new innovative methods in preparation for the future. This gathering will appeal mostly to the cardiovascular community (particularly fellows), private organizations interested in solution-driven healthcare and those involved in teaching and training.

Cardiology for the Non-Cardiologist

For the first time in South African history, non-communicable diseases overshadowed infectious diseases as the highest cause of mortality with 18.5% of deaths caused by diseases of the circulation system. In response to the increasing burden of cardiovascular diseases in South Africa and the scarcity of cardiologists in the country, the Heart Failure Society of South Africa (HeFSSA) has designed a workshop which would be delivered by local experts, with the aim to empower any individual who treats, scans or rehabilitates patients with heart disease.

Since its inception in 2010, the Cardiology for the Non-Cardiologist workshop has become a key feature within the annual South African Heart Congress to more than 3000 non-cardiologist delegates attending previous workshops. The management of algorithms are simplified and easily incorporated into daily clinical practice. Novel scientific data and new cardiovascular drugs are discussed at their appropriate level of use in a clinical setting.

‘Thank you, SA Heart, for affording us the opportunity to contribute meaningfully towards addressing the pandemic of heart disease. The workshop equips us with evidence-based management strategies, thorough discussions on diagnosing diseases using ECG patterns etc. The overall congress ambience provided the cherry on top. Sun City here we come!” – Dr Dineo Mpanya


The annual CISSA echocardiography workshop will again cover a wide range of topics in echocardiography, predominantly focused on transthoracic echocardiography.  A specific focus area for this year's workshop will be peri-interventional imaging and a basic approach to imaging adult patients with congenital heart disease. All healthcare workers involved in echocardiography are invited to attend. 

"The programme will benefit echocardiographers of different skill levels and we are convinced that both experienced imagers and those starting out in echo will benefit from this full-day workshop" - Dr Alfonso Pecoraro

Paediatric Cardiology: Congenital Interventional Cardiology

Interventions in Congenital heart defects have become more commonplace, and as the technology advances, often the gold standard for the management of many of these defects. 

Balloon dilation of Pulmonary stenosis is usually preferred to surgical valvotomy, and in severe Aortic valve stenosis, balloon valvuloplasty can win valuable time in relieving the severity of obstruction, thus postponing surgical valve replacement to an age where an appropriate adult size valve can be placed.  Device closure of most PDAs and ASDs is the norm; now many VSDs can also be closed percutaneously in the Cath Lab.  In a country and continent where access to Congenital Cardiothoracic surgery is often limited, this provides an attractive alternative to a long surgical waiting list and limited ICU beds.  In addition, many of these procedures can be performed as a day procedure, thus cutting down on hospital stay and costs.

This valuable workshop will guide attendees through the basics of Congenital heart interventions, give them useful tips and tricks for managing challenging defects, and access to the wisdom of some of our top Congenital interventionalists.

The first session is aimed at junior, less experienced interventionalists and Fellows training in Cardiology.  It will address how to prepare for major interventions and any anticipated complications.  It will then cover the principles of balloon dilation of valvar defects and the basics of device closure of ASDs and PDAs.

The remaining sessions will move on to more complicated procedures, with advice and insight from experienced Interventionalists.  Methods of closing difficult defects, how to perform challenging stent procedures and coping with severe complications, will be discussed.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact and learn from the best in an informal setting.  We encourage anyone who performs Congenital Interventions to attend.