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  • Molecular biology and biochemical aspects of heart failure
  • Vascular biology, endothelial function
  • Apoptosis in vascular and cardiac remodeling
  • Genetic studies in cardiomyopathy
  • Gene transfer therapy in heart failure
  • Growth control and cytokines in vascular cells
  • Natriuretic peptides in heart failure
  • Endothelin in heart failure
  • Pharmacologic modulation of vascular-endothelial function
  • Neurohumoral, immunologic aspects of heart failure
  • Inflammatory mediators and heart failure
  • Diagnostic methods:
    - Advances in echocardiography: contrast, TEE and 3D
    - Nuclear cardiology - assessment of myocardial perfusion, function and viability
    - PET - new insights into myocardial metabolism
    - Applications of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
    - Intracoronary flow, doppler measurements
  • Heart failure due to coronary artery disease
  • Mechanisms involved in myocardial stunning, hibernation and preconditioning
  • Acute myocardial infarction: thrombolysis and reperfusion
  • Interventional cardiology in acute infarction and angina
  • Antithrombotic and antiplatelet adjunctive therapy for PTCA
  • Blockage of tissue proliferation after coronary interventions
  • Left ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction
  • Secondary prevention of CAD, risk stratification
  • Hypertension and heart failure, new therapeutic approaches
  • Heart failure in women
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy: various etiologies
  • Ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Role of the pericardium
  • Heart failure in valvular heart disease
  • Pulmonary circulation aspects, pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart failure in systemic disease
  • Heart failure in infancy and childhood
  • Preventative aspects of heart failure
  • Prognostic aspects of heart failure
  • Predictors and markers of heart failure outcome
  • Exercise physiology and rehabilitation in heart failure
  • Nursing aspects of heart failure
  • Epidemiology of heart failure
  • Renal aspects - diuretics
  • Digoxin and other new inotropic agents in heart failure
  • ACE inhibitors and Angiotensin - II receptor blockers, Organic nitrates - their role in heart failure management
  • Beta-blockers and beta-adrenergic receptors in heart failure
  • Calcium channel blockers and promoters in heart failure
  • Results of major clinical trials
  • Arrhythmias and antiarrhythmic drug therapy in heart failure
  • Atrial flutter / fibrillation - electrophysiologic concepts and clinical aspects
  • Sudden death in heart failure
  • Advances in internal defibrillation and implantable antiarrhythmic devices
  • Cardiac pacing strategies in heart failure
  • Advances in congenital heart disease
  • New approaches to surgical revascularization: minimally invasive surgery, TMLR
  • Therapeutic and physiologic issues surrounding heart valve surgery
  • Mechanical support, left ventricular assist devices
  • Recovery of myocyte in heart failure (role of assist device)
  • Surgery for LV dysfunction
  • Cardiac transplantation
  • Practice guidelines, cost containment