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PCR - Sharing knowledge, experience and practice in cardiovascular interventional medicine.

The mission of PCR is to serve the needs of each individual patient by helping the cardiovascular community to share knowledge, experience and practice. Its activities cover a large spectrum, from the organisation of annual courses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to editing a scientific journal, publishing textbooks as well as providing training sessions and online courses on thematic subjects. Courses are based on themes like Coronary Interventions, Hypertension and Stroke, Peripheral Interventions, Valvular Disease and Heart Failure.

The PCR Courses include: AfricaPCRAsiaPCR/SingLIVE, EuroPCR, GulfPCR-GIM, PCH (Practical Course on Hypertension), PCR-CIT China Chengdu Valves, PCR Clinical Research, PCR edu online, PCR Innovators Day, PCR London Valves, PCR Peripheral, PCR Seminars, PCR Tokyo Valves

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Access to Educational Grants will change starting January 2018 in accordance with MedTech Europe evolving regulations. Here is how you can start preparing.

State of the art: coronary angiography

In the early days of coronary angiography, the precise quantification of luminal narrowing was challenging. The introduction of balloon angioplasty (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty [PTCA]) by Andreas Grüntzig in 1977 was perhaps the greatest incentive to the development of quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). QCA has played a crucial role in evaluating interventional techniques and assessing the results of new technologies.

Authors :

Carlos Collet, Maik J. Grundeken, Taku Asano, Yoshinobu Onuma, William Wijns and Patrick W. Serruys

Role of intravascular imaging in the evolution of percutaneous coronary intervention: a 30-year review

It has been 40 years since percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was introduced into the clinical setting. Over these years significant advances in device technology and the invention of new therapeutic strategies have broadened its applications in the clinical arena, rendering this treatment the first-line therapy for patients with obstructive coronary artery disease.

Authors :

Christos V. Bourantas, Erhan Tenekecioglu, Maria Radu, Lorenz Räber and Patrick W. Serruys

State of the art: duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary stent implantation – past, present and future perspectives

Evidence from studies published more than 10 years ago suggested that patients receiving first-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) needed dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for at least 12 months. Current evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCT) reported within the past five years suggests that patients with stable ischaemic heart disease who receive newer-generation DES need DAPT for a minimum of three to six months.

Authors :

Giuseppe Gargiulo, Marco Valgimigli, Davide Capodanno and John A. Bittl

State of the art: 40 years of percutaneous cardiac intervention

There are few areas in medicine where the development of an entire field is perceived to be so closely associated with one individual. Andreas Roland Grüntzig was born in Dresden, Germany, ten weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War on 25 June 1939. Learn more about his influences on percutaneous cardiac intervention and angioplasty.

Authors :

Robert A. Byrne, Davide Capodanno, Darren Mylotte and Patrick W. Serruys

Teaching evolution: Jean Marco

Postgraduate learning refers to a specific form of education aiming to help healthcare professionals (HCP) to consolidate competence and learn about information in their field. It is associated with human interaction. Examining, questioning, and revising how learners construe, validate, and reformulate the meaning of their experience and how learners develop expectations based on their thought is key to achieving effective learning outcomes. The "fil rouge" is placing the learner at the very centre of the learning process.

For further reading, consult the EuroIntervention Journal article: Critical reflection on postgraduate learning: education through sharing

Watch the below video interviews with J. Marco, A. Spencer and M. Bréhèret about the teaching evolution.

History of angioplasty

A great future does require a great past

The history of interventional cardiology is continually evolving with experience and clinical trials expanding the horizon with new clinical evidence. In order to evaluate new concepts, one must study and learn from the past, understand the knowledge gained from early pioneers and precursors, and then build upon their foundations.

In this section, join us on a virtual journey through time and discover the fascinating history of coronary angioplasty. Explore the timeline detailing key milestones, learn more about the pioneering spirit that led to these accomplishments and witness the evolution of education and interventional cardiology courses.

The knowledge of history enables us to better understand the present and to envision the future. Be part of it!

Celebration of the history of angioplasty - Calendar

The 40 years of angioplasty EXPO has gained an enormous popularity. To make it more accessible to the community of interventional cardiologist, it will travel online and arround the world.
This calendar provides a list of cardiology-related congresses, events and meetings that will be hosting the 40 years of angioplasty EXPO.

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Spotlight on 40 years of angioplasty

In 2017 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of angioplasty. As part of this celebration, PCR has chosen to launch a number of initiatives to commemorate which is surely one of modern medicine's greatest adventures.