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Heart Failure Society of America 11th Annual Scientific Meeting to Focus on Heart Failure Guidelines, Innovation and New Research
Date:9/17/2007

September 16-19, 2007, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. National and International Health Care Professionals will Convene to Learn, Discuss and Debate New Research Findings and Treatment Strategies for Heart

Failure Patients

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Heart Failure Society of America's (HFSA) 11th Annual Scientific Meeting convenes Sunday, September 16, 2007 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. This three-day meeting -- a forum for heart failure specialists to present research findings and advances in treatment -- will address new research and developments surrounding heart failure, along with treatments and best practices of proper care.

The scientific program will kick off with an opening plenary session, "Empowering Innovation in Research," on Monday, September 17 at 8:10 a.m. Simultaneous sessions will include presentations by national and international heart failure experts, scientists, and allied health care professionals. Many will focus on the progressive treatments for heart failure and the increased risk faced by patients when treating other ailments.

"This year's conference will focus on interesting studies about the underlying causes of heart failure, how to treat patients with heart failure, and the importance of educating doctors about the optimal means of treating patients with this condition," said Dr. Barry Greenberg, HFSA President, and Professor of Medicine, Director, Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation Program at The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Other scientific meeting sessions address issues relating to health care, including:

* Guidelines for Chemotherapy-Related Cardiac Toxicity

* Outcomes are Public Knowledge: Now What?

* Pregnancy and Heart Failure

* Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress and Heart Failure

* Influence of Gender on the Clinical Presentation of Heart Failure

* Genes and Sudden Death in Heart Failure

* Starved in the Midst of Plenty: How Obesity Can cause Heart Failure

* Stress and Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

* Future Planning in Heart Failure-Beyond the Patient

* Technology to Improve Patient Education and Self Care

For a complete list of annual meeting sessions or for details on attending the conference, call (617) 226-7198 or visit http://www.hfsa.org and click on Annual Scientific Meeting. There is no registration fee for accredited journalists. Interview areas will be available on-site in addition to a fully-staffed press room with phone and internet accessibility.

About Heart Failure

Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened after it is injured from heart attack or high blood pressure and gradually loses its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. Many people are not aware they have heart failure because the symptoms are often mistaken for signs of getting older. Heart failure affects from 4.6 to 4.8 million individuals in the United States. Demographic and clinical evidence strongly suggest the prevalence of heart failure will increase throughout the next decade. Ten to 15 years ago heart failure was considered a "death sentence;" however, recent advances in treatment have shown that early diagnosis and proper care in early stages of the condition are key to slowing, stopping or in some cases reversing progression, improving quality of life, and extending life expectancy. For more information on heart failure, please visit http://www.abouthf.org.

About the Heart Failure Society of America

The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) is a nonprofit educational organization, founded in 1994 as the first organized association of heart failure experts. Today HFSA has over 1,700 members and provides a forum for all those interested in heart function, heart failure research and patient care. The Society also serves as a resource for governmental agencies (FDA, NIH, NHLBI, CMS). The HFSA Annual Scientific Meeting is designed to highlight recent advances in the development of strategies to address the complex epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic issues of heart failure. Additional information on HFSA can be found at http://www.hfsa.org.


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