Welcome letter

Professor Davor Miličić, FESC, FACC
Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
President, Croatian Cardiac Society
President, 12th Congress of the Croatian Cardiac Society with International  Participation

Dear colleagues,

It is my honour and pleasure to invite you to the 12th Congress of the Croatian Cardiac Society, which will take place in Zagreb, Hotel Westin, from November 28th -December 2nd 2018.

We are continuing with a tradition of big national cardiology congresses, which are held biannually. On this occasion our goal is to provide an overview of the Croatian cardiology, which is, according to relevant criteria, one of the leading fields of the Croatian medicine. Despite the fact that we are among small and not  pretty rich countries in Europe, each cardiac patient in Croatia can be diagnosed and treated according to the world’s highest standards, without a need to be to any of the  international centers of excellence. Beside that, our health system is unrestricted and accessible to all our citizens, which we consider as a great civilizational achievement.

Our Cardiac Society is still by far the most active professional association in the Croatian medicine. It acts through its working groups and their congresses and meetings, which reflect a development of contemporary cardiology and it’s subspecialties. Our Society acts also through its journal Cardiologia Croatica, web-site www.kardio.hr., vivid activity of our young cardiologists which are well networked and meet regularly, and also through many public health activities in cooperation with the Croatian Heart House – the Croatian Heart Foundation.

Our Cardiac Society gathers the entire Croatian cardiology and enables interactivity through close collaboration of different sub specialized experts in cardiology, general cardiologists, but also cardiac surgeons, cardiac radiologists, anesthesiologists, diabetologists, hypertensiologists and, very importantly, general practitioners. This time as several congresses before we are organizing our Congress together with the Congress of the Croatian Society of Cardiac Nursing. May be it is important to remind that we were the first medical society in Croatia that had started with that practice, which was than implemented in majority of congresses of other medical societies.

Beside the fact that we would like to summarize the most important achievements in our cardiology, we intent to invite the world’s leading cardiology experts. With many of them we already closely collaborate, as we are more than ever active regarding our involvement in international projects, multicenter studies, our participation in creating new guidelines and our membership in important international boards and committees. We want continue building bridges with our colleagues with Central and Eastern Europe but also with the rest of the world, as medicine should be global, without boundaries.
As an active member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) we are proud that the ESC took place as the world’s leading professional and scientific cardiac association. Therefore, this time again we will focus our attention to the newest ESC guidelines and other ESC achievements, which should significantly influence the development of our Cardiology. Beside our invitation to the leading persons of the European Society of Cardiology, we will organize a special Session in collaboration the ESC-Heart Failure Association, which is the biggest and among the most prominent ESC constituent bodies.
We are also very grateful to our sponsors who remained our true partners , respecting scientific and professional standards of our Congress above any commercial interests.

Last but not least, we are deeply honoured that our Congress will be held one more time under the patronage of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which is our leading national institution of science and culture, a keeper of the Croatian identity, and, in parallel our most important link to the best of the world’s science and arts.

Esteemed colleagues, you are cordially invited to contribute to success of the Congress with your original communications, lectures, chairmanship and Programme enrichment in the best way you can.

With my warmest regards,

Sincerely yours,

Professor Davor Miličić, FESC, FACC
Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
President, Croatian Cardiac Society
President, 12th Congress of the Croatian Cardiac Society with International  Participation