Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) – A/Prof Theodoros Kofidis, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery
Less invasive heart procedures are now a valuable solution for many of our patients, with potential for less trauma, blood loss, infections, arrhythmias, hospital stay, and a better cosmetic result. The National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) offers a comprehensive platform of MICS, enabling heart valve and bypass operations, as well as combinations thereof to be carried out through small keyhole incisions from the side, without splitting the entire chest bone. They also add value from a health-economical point of view, as patients recover faster, leave the hospital earlier, and return to their full activities sooner.
The purpose of this talk is to update our esteemed colleagues on what is possible, which patients qualify and what should be the new expectations and information flow by - and for the patients.
Updates on Management of Heart Failure – Dr Lin Weiqin, Consultant, Department of Cardiology
Heart failure is a growing epidemic in Singapore and places a huge strain on our healthcare system. It is also one of the fastest growing fields in cardiology, with new drugs and devices being developed at neck-breaking speed. We will explore the current paradigms in heart failure management, learn about new treatment modalities in heart failure management and examine the evidence behind these novel treatment modalities.