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Cardiology Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


The 2017 RCPE Cardiology Symposium promises to deliver interesting and practical insights into commonly encountered clinical problems facing physicians in the emergency department, the outpatient clinic or on hospital wards.

The symposium will concentrate on the following areas:

  • Mitral and aortic valve disease.
  • An update on infective endocarditis.
  • Imaging in adult patients with congenital heart disease, their management during medical emergencies and assessment of shunts.
  • Separating reality from myth surrounding the relationship between elevated troponin concentrations and occlusion of epicardial coronary arteries.
  • Device treatment for heart failure and prevention of further cardiac embolisation in patients with stroke.
  • Myocarditis.
  • Cardio-oncology.

The symposium is aimed at consultants and trainees in cardiology and acute medicine but will also provide a useful overview of key areas in cardiology for GPs, allied health professionals and medical students.

Dr Abdallah Al-Mohammad
Chair, Organising Committee


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Wednesday 1 November 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and introductory remarks
by President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Valvular disease - a global perspective

Chair: Dr Abdallah Al-Mohammad, Consultant Cardiologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Mitral valve disease in the developing world
Dr Rick Steeds, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
*age groups, *rheumatic fever: detection, treatment and prevention *mitral stenosis *management


Mitral valve disease in the developed world
Professor Simon Ray, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital South Manchester
*age groups *causes *mitral regurgitation *management


Update on infective endocarditis in 2017
Dr Susanna Price, Consultant Cardiologist and Intensivist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
*early surgery *length of antibiotic therapy regimen *antibiotic prophylaxis



Session 2

Chair: President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Cardiac complications of cancer therapeutics: the emergence of cardio-oncology
Dr Alex Lyon, Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Imperial College London & Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
*chemotherapy and radiotherapy and the heart *prophylactic treatment *outcomes *screening *biomarkers


Breakout sessions (choose only 1 session A, B or C)


Session A
Chair: Dr Andrew Hannah, Consultant Cardiologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Echocardiographic evaluation of aortic stenosis
Dr Anne Scott, Consultant Cardiologist, Borders General Hospital, Melrose

Session B
Chair: Dr Ewan McKay, Consultant Cardiologist, Countess of Chester Hospital, 
Device therapy in heart failure
Dr Nicholas Kelland, Consultant in Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

Session C
Dr Claire Brough, StR, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital
Myocarditis: treatment and long-term outcomes
Dr Simon Williams, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital South Manchester



Session 3 - Current dilemmas in cardiology

Chair: Dr Peter Henriksen, Consultant Cardiologist, Edinburgh Heart Centre


The role of contemporary devices in the management of young patients with cerebral ischaemic syndromes
Dr David Northridge, Consultant Cardiologist, Edinburgh Heart Centre
*investigating cardiac sources of emboli *patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure devices *left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device


'Troponinitis' - when not to call a raised troponin an acute coronary syndrome? 
Dr Stuart Hutcheon, Consultant Cardiologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
*use and abuse of serum troponin level *how to manage and prognosticate these patients?



Session 4 - Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD)

Chair: Dr Adelle Dawson, Consultant Cardiologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Imaging for the diagnosis and follow-up of ACHD
Dr Patrick Gibson, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
*role of echocardiography *role of magnetic resonance (cMR)


Medical emergencies in patients with ACHD
Dr Niki Walker, Consultant Cardiologist, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow
*cardiac emergencies *non-cardiac emergencies *what needs to be done and what should be avoided


Investigation and management of patients with shunts
Dr Sara Thorne, Consultant Cardiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
*types of shunts *investigating shunts *interpreting the findings and managing these patients




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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 31 October but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Wednesday 5 October 2017

Registration fees


Early Bird Fee
until Wednesday
4  October 2017

from Thursday
 5 October 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the Great Hall

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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