Under the patronage of

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, President of the Dubai Health Authority
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8 October 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of the Dubai Health Authority, and supported by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, the 5th Annual Case Based Approach to Controversies in Cardiovascular Disease Conference began today in Dubai, at Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai Healthcare City. The accredited conference is organized by Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic from USA, in collaboration with Emirates Cardiac Society and will run through 10 October 2015.
His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of Dubai Health Authority, visited the 5th Annual Cardiovascular Conference today and met with the conference’s organizing committee and key speakers from Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic. During the visit, His Excellency assured attendees that UAE leadership is highly focused on healthcare services and on providing the UAE with healthcare facilities able to cover all medical specialties comparable to international standards. This aligns with the UAE strategy of focusing on people, the real fortune of the nation. “Hospitals and healthcare facilities in UAE have highly qualified healthcare professionals providing specialized care for cardiac patients – including emergency catheterization, open heart surgeries, and other highly specialized services and procedures – which help decrease the need to send patients abroad for treatment,” said His Excellency. His Excellency Al Qatami emphasized the importance of prevention programs that are targeting chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, through organized public health campaigns, medical conferences and efforts to promote healthy lifestyles that limit the chronic disease risk factors. His Excellency praised the cooperation with international healthcare organizations that helps in managing and operating a number of healthcare facilities in the country and in the field of research. His Excellency Al Qatami commended the efforts of Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic on their willingness to share their knowledge with our medical community through scientific meetings and the annual cardiovascular conference in Dubai. Such efforts encourage interaction and knowledge exchange between healthcare providers, while introducing the latest approaches in cardiovascular medicine. His Excellency listened to the organizers and faculty of the conference, who spoke about the conference, its topics and various presentations, in addition to real patient cases that will be discussed during the conference. “We are honored to receive the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and we’re truly proud to have met His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, and to bring our expertise to the United Arab Emirates,” Wael Jaber, M.D., course director and staff cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute, said. “The conference delivers up-to-date information on a health issue that affects so many people worldwide What makes this conference unique is that we are presenting all topics in a ‘real world’ case-based format, which encourages participation and debate among the faculty and attendees.” Kathy Hoercher, course director of the conference, registered nurse and senior director at the Center for Heart Failure at Cleveland Clinic, USA, said, “We are truly pleased to see over 300 delegates from the region attending the conference. The conference offers attendees an opportunity to understand how new data can be incorporated into the management of cardiovascular disease.” Naser Ammash, M.D., course director and cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, said “This conference is addressing one of the most important health issues facing society today. This case-based approach allows us to explore and share the latest, most effective developments in treating patients with cardiac disease.” Course directors and speakers come from Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in USA, in addition to some prominent physicians in the cardiovascular field from the UAE, including Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The conference is accredited for 14 Continuous Medical Education hours from UAE University. Today’s presentations included sessions on important topics such as coronary artery disease, heart disease interventions, and patient selection and outcomes. Speakers on Friday will discuss patient case studies on heart failure, electrophysiology studies and pacemakers/ICD, vascular disease, and mitral and tricuspid valves. The last day of the conference on Saturday, 10 October, will include case presentations about unexplained chest pain, pregnant women with heart problems, and aortic bioprosthetic thrombosis, and will conclude with a satellite symposium on developments for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. The full course agenda and conference details can be found at www.cvuae.com About Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic also manages Abu Dhabi’s tertiary hospital, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, since 2007. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. About Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education. Every year, more than a million people from nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care. Mayo Clinic is located in the U.S. with campuses in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.org and www.mayoclinic.org/arabic. Follow us on Twitter at @MayoClinic and @MayoClinicME.