Dedicated programme for paediatric cardiologists at SA Heart Congress 2014

The 2014 SA Heart Congress has a dedicated and comprehensive programme for paediatric cardiologists that will be taking place daily at the International Conference Centre in Durban from Friday, October 17th through to Sunday, October 19th.

There will be a pre-congress workshop on Peri-operative and Peri-interventional Transoesophageal  Echocardiograhy (TOE) on Thursday, October 16th from 12h00 – 17h00. This will cover basic views, evaluation of congenital heart disease and ASD closures, as well as evaluation of the mitral valve. The AGM for the Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa (PCSSA) will be held immediately after the workshop from 17h00 – 18h00.

Key topics designated for the paediatric cardiology track on Friday, October 17th include:

  • Providing a service with limited resources (Dr Krishna Kumar, India)
  • The status quo of paediatric cardiac services in South Africa (Dr Liesl Zühlke); and
  • Making difficult decisions with limited resources.

Paediatric cardiologists will join the general plenary sessions on Friday afternoon for the session on valvular/structural heart disease.

On Saturday, October 18th, various aspects of congenital heart disease will be discussed in the morning by speakers who include Drs Krishna Kumar and Tim Jones (UK).  The afternoon session will focus on single ventricle physiology and will cover the evaluation and monitoring of patients over their lifetime, surgical techniques, and the anaesthetising and imaging of Fontan patients for non-cardiac procedures.

The morning of Sunday, October 19th has been dedicated to an interactive session covering some of the more challenging percutaneous interventions in congenital heart disease. This workshop will include:

  • Percutaneous closure of peri-membranous VSDs
  • Ballooning and stenting of branch pulmonary arteries
  • Percutaneous closure of PDAs safely in infants below five kg; and
  • PDA stenting.

For full programme details, and to register for SA Heart Congress and the pre-congress workshops, visit  For queries, contact Europa Organisation Africa on (011) 325 0020, or email

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