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Heart failure - Report of the BSHF Annual Autumn Meeting

The 18th British Society for Heart Failure Annual General Meeting, entitled Pathways of Care provided an opportunity for a yearly gathering of heart failure enthusiasts from all backgrounds, including nursing, cardiologists, geriatricians, general practitioners, physiologists, pharmacists and therapists. The programme was as comprehensive as ever, including presentations on up to date trials, service models, imaging, devices, co-morbidities, mechanical therapies, young investigators awards and clinical cases.


In recognition of a lifetime of landmark heart failure studies Professor Mark Pfeffer from Boston, USA was a recipient of the Phillip Poole-Wilson Memorial Award.

The two day programme allows geriatricians who are interested in heart failure management to become fully updated in their practice.

Meeting highlights included a review of the latest National Heart Failure Audit Data by Theresa McDonough (London), followed by several presentations to delegates regarding latest updates, with excellent talks from Martin Cowie (London), John McMurray (Glasgow) and Iain Squire (Leicester). 

Various London centres shared their experience of improving heart failure services in four practical talks that allowed delegates to reflect on their own service delivery.

The Philip Poole-Wilson Memorial Lecture delivered by Mark Pfeffer from Boston, USA was the highlight of the meeting.  He reflected on over two decades of heart failure research in an engaging and entertaining talk.

Further highlights for a geriatrician included the light-hearted Hyde Park presentations and an excellent case presentation from Jackie Taylor, Consultant in Geriatric Medicine in Glasgow.  Other sessions provided updates on management of arrhythmias in heart failure and indication for device therapy.

The British Society for Heart Failure provides ideal educational opportunities for geriatricians interested in updating their knowledge on heart failure management. Their meetings receive industry support from Bayer HealthCare, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Novartis, Pfizer, ResMed, Servier Laboratories, St. Jude Medical and Vifor Pharma.  The BSH uses industry sponsorship to reduce the cost for delegates and as such provides excellent value educational meetings.

For more information on meetings and information on joining the society please contact Stephanie Edwards at

John Baxter
Consultant Geriatrician
Sunderland Royal Hospital

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