18th Warsaw Course on Cardiovascular Interventions

9th - 11th April 2014
Hotel InterContinental, 49 Emilii Plater Street, Warsaw

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Dear Colleagues,

We have a great pleasure to invite you to the 18th Warsaw Course on Cardiovascular Interventions (WCCI), an official meeting of the Association on Cardiovascular Interventions of the Polish Cardiac Society. WCCI will take place from 9th to 11th April 2014 in Warsaw, in a INTERCONTINENTAL Hotel on 49 Emilii Plater Street.

On first and second day of WCCI an exciting event is planned: Young Practitioners Course under the auspices of the Association on Cardiovascular Interventions of the Polish Cardiac Society, European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and Paris Course on Revascularization (PCR). The Course Director is  Professor Jean Marco, Honorary Chairman of PCR. This event is especially dedicated for younger interventionalists from Central and Eastern Europe who already initiated their traing in PCI.

Registration Forms for WCCI and Young Practitioners Course will be available soon at www.wcci.pl

As a result of our continued cooperation with EAPCI and PCR, the WCCI is a regular event in the European calendar of cardiovascular interventions. The Course is also accredited by Polish Cardiac Society and EBAC.
The key subjects of the conference in 2014 shall be as follows:
• Percutaneous treatment of the left main and multivessel coronary artery disease
Percutaneous treatment of bifurcation and complex lesion
Acute coronary syndromes
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
Mitral valve therapy
Percutaneous therapies for heart failure
Peripheral and carotid interventions
Renal sympathetic denervation for hypertension and collateral diseases
Treatment of structural heart diseases
In Cath Lab diagnostic methods: IVUS/FFR/OCT.

As WCCI program is as much practical and interactive as possible, the majority of  sessions are in Learning The Technique, How Should I Treat and Case Review format. Simulator training will also be available. Also satellite symposia, presenting the new trials and devices will be a part of WCCI 2014.

You cordially invited you to participate and join us in Warsaw!

Directors of the 18th WCCI:

Professor Robert J. Gil             Professor Adam Witkowski


Workshop Programme /

  • 1 Day (Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 10:00-20:45) 18th Warsaw Course on Cardiovascular Interventions
  • 2 Day (Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 9:00-19:35) 18th Warsaw Course on Cardiovascular Interventions - EAPCI/EuroPCR@WCCI
  • 3 Day (Friday, April 11th, 2014, 7:30-17:45) 18th Warsaw Course on Cardiovascular Interventions
  • 1 Day (Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 8:00-18:30) 18th Young Practitioners Master Class - Management of a Patient with stemi

10:00-11:00  BOARDROOM
Press Conference

11:00-12:30 BOARDROOM
Meeting of the Board of the Association on Cardiovascular Interventions of the Polish Cardiac Society. 

12:30-14:00 ROOM A
Satellite Lunch Symposium 1
St. Jude Medical’s solutions for interventional cardiology
Chairmen: Dariusz Dudek (Krakow), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Zbigniew Kalarus (Zabrze)

• 12.30-12.50 FFR and OCT
– Complementary methods in contemporary CathLab. Tomasz Pawlowski (Warsaw)
– Clinical case presentation. Janusz Kochman (Warsaw)
• 12.50-13.15 Left atrial appendage closure
– Is it clinically useful treatment? Marcin Demkow (Warsaw)
– Clinical case presentation (based on live-in-a-box). Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 13.15-13.40 Renal denervation as an efficient treatment of resistant hypertension. Discussion based on live-in-a-box case. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 13.40-13.50 TAVI – Portico valve
St. Jude Medical’s proposal for TAVI. Dirk Troucheau (SJM Cardiovascular Director)
• 13.50-14.00. Conclusion. Questions from the panel and form the audience. Take home message. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)

12:30-14:00 ROOM B
Satellite Lunch Symposium 2 
State-of-the-art antithrombotic treatment in ACS patients
Chairman: Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)

• 12:30-12:50 The role of effective thrombin inhibition in ACS management. Grzegorz Grześk (Bydgoszcz)
• 12:50-13:10 Bleeding risk as a factor for antithrombotic therapy choice. Wojciech Wojakowski (Katowice)
• 13:10-13:30 Is stent thrombosis counterbalancing the ischemic benefit of bivalirudin in STEMI patients? Prodromos Anthopoulos (The Medicines Company, Zurich)
• 13:30-13:50 Bivalirudin in STEMI patients based on results of recent clinical trials. Adam Witkowski (Warszawa)
• 13:50-14:00 Discussion

12:30-14:00 ROOM C
Satellite Lunch Symposium 3
Innovations for Interventional Cardiology by Balton (Warsaw, PL)
Chairmen: Andrzej Lekston (Zabrze), Andrzej Ochała (Katowice)

• 12.30-12.47 Thin stent strut and bioresorbable polymer. Is it the best way to promote healing and improve  outcomes after stenting? Jacek Legutko (Krakow)
• 12.47-13.03 BiOSS Lim – user friendly and highly effective bifurcation dedicated stent. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 13.03-13.20 Polish contribution in development  of Medical devices and International treatment of cardiovascular diseases – a.d. 2014. Krzysztof Milewski (Ustroń)
• 13.20-13.37: Early and late outcomes of percutaneous coronary interventions with Alex stent – Alex Registry. Michał Hawranek (Zabrze)
• 13.37-13.53 Q & A
• 13.53-14.00 Take home message. Andrzej Ochała (Katowice)

12:30-14:00 LUNCH (lunch boxes at satellite symposia)

14:00-15:30 ROOM A+B
Symposium: Innovations in technology – what is in the pipeline?
Chairmen: Jarosław Wójcik (Lublin), Lucien Zarma (Bucarest), Krzysztof Żmudka (Krakow)

• 14.00-14.05 Introduction and objectives. Lucien Zarma (Bucarest)

Presentations of Industry portfolios:
14.05-14.12 Medtronic. Tomasz Pawłowski (Warsaw)
• 14.12-14.24 Procardia/CID. TBD
• 14.24-14.31 Biotronik. Marek Słomczyński (Poznan)
• 14.31-14.38 Abbott Vascular. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 14.38-14.45 Balton. Krzysztof Milewski (Ustron)
• 14.45-14.52 Boston Scientific. Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
• 14.52-15.00 The Rox technology for the treating of resistant hypertension. Jacek  Kądziela (Warsaw)
• 15.00-15.20 Roundtable discussion.
• 15.20-15.30 Take home message. Jarosław Wójcik (Lublin)

14:00-15:30 ROOM C
ESC guidelines on stable coronary artery disease in everyday practice (Session in Polish).
Wytyczne ESC dotyczące stabilnej ChNS w codziennej praktyce.
Chairmen (Przewodniczący): Grzegorz Opolski (Warsaw), Piotr Jankowski (Kraków), Robert J. Gil (Warszawa)
Panelists (Panel): Jacek Legutko (Kraków), Andrzej Ochała (Katowice), Adam Kern (Olsztyn), Maciej Lesiak (Poznań)

• 14:00-14:20 Pacjent po dawno przebytym zawale serca – jak postępuję? Piotr Jankowski (Kraków)
• 14:20-14:40 Nietypowe dolegliwości bólowe w klatce piersiowej – komu jakie badania? Wojciech Wojakowski (Katowice)
• 14:40-15:00 Pacjent z chorobą niedokrwienną serca i obniżoną frakcją wyrzutową lewej komory – jak planuję jego optymalne leczenie ? Stefan Grajek (Poznań)
• 15:00-15:20 Czy rewaskularyzacja mięśnia sercowego leczy zaburzenia rytmu? Maciej Lesiak (Poznan)
• 15:20-15:30 Dyskusja.

15:30-16.50 ROOM A+B
Live cases session
• 15:30-16:10 Life case 1. Patient with multivessel CAD with FFR assessment.
Moderators Live case 1: Petr Kala (Brno), Adam Witkowski (Warsaw), Dariusz Dudek (Krakow).
Operators: Janusz Kochman (Warszawa), Adam Kern (Olsztyn)
• 16:10-16:50 Live case 2. PCI in MVD CAD
Moderators Live case 2: Robert J. Gil (Warszawa), Tadeusz Przewłocki (Krakow), Petr Kala (Brno)
Operators: Sławomir Dobrzycki, Jarosław Rzezak IVUS/FFR/OCT: Tomasz Pawłowski

16:50 -17:00 COFFEE BREAK

17:00-19:15 ROOM A+B
European Bifurcation Club meets European CTO Club: How to manage bifurcations and CTO?
Chairmen: Gerald S. Werner (Darmstadt), Goran Stankovic (Belgrade), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Petr Kala (Brno)
Panelists: Adam Witkowski (Warsaw), Jacek Legutko (Krakow), Krzysztof Reczuch (Wroclaw), Sławomir Dobrzycki (Bialystok), Bagrat Alekyan (Moscow), Janusz Rzeźniczak (Poznań), Petr Kala (Brno), Jarosław Wójcik (Lublin)

• 17:00-17:05 Scope of the problem: coronary anatomy and physiology. R.J.Gil (Warsaw)
• 17:05-17:20 Current recommendations of EBC. Goran Stankovic (Belgrade)
• 17:20-17:35 A bifurcation distal to a CTO: the crux of the crux. Gerald S. Werner (Darmstadt)
• 17:35-17:50 Bifurcations and CTO : a subanalysis of the ERCTO Registry. Alfredo R. Galassi (Catania)
• 17:50-18:30 Live case 3. Bifurcation/CTO PCI
Operators: Leszek Bryniarski (Krakow), Tomasz Pawłowski (Warsaw)
• 18:30-19:10 Live case 4. Bifurcation/CTO PCI
Operators: Maciej Lesiak (Poznan), Dariusz Ciećwierz (Gdańsk)
19:10 – 19:15 Take home message. Goran Stankovic (Belgrade)

17:00-19:00 BOARDROOM
Sponsored by unrestricted grant by MEDTRONIC

19:15-20:45 ROOM A+B
Central and Eastern European Session – Progress in the interventional cardiology
Chairmen: Adam Witkowski (Warsaw), Stanislav Juhas (Kosice), Andrejs Erglis (Riga)
Panelists: Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Goran Stankovic (Belgrade), Kiril Karamfilov (Sofia), Bagrat Alekyan (Moscow)

Presentations by countries:
• 19:15-19:22 Belarus. Walery Stelmaszuk (Minsk)
• 19:22-19:29 Bulgaria. Kiril Karamfilov (Sofia)
• 19:29-19:36 Czech’s Republic. Petr Kala (Brno)
• 19:36-19:43 Hungary. Bela Merkely (Budapest)
• 19:43-19:50 Russia. Bagrat Alekyan (Moscow)
• 19:50-19:57 Slovakia. Stanislas Juhas (Kosice)
• 19:57-20:04 Poland. Andrzej Ochała (Katowice)
• 20:04-20:11 Lithuania. Pranas Serpytis (Vilnius)
• 20:11-20:18 Romania. Lucian Zarma (Bucharest)
• 20:18-20:25 Ukraine. Sebov Denys (Odessa)
• 20:25-20:32 Serbia. Goran Stankovic (Belgrade)
• 20:32-20:39 Latvia. Andrejs Erglis (Riga)
• 20.39-20.45 Roundtable discussion
• 20:45-20:50 Wrap up. Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)

20:45. Get Together Party at the Foyer of the Intercontinental Hotel

9:00-10:50 ROOM C
Forum on Acute Coronary Syndromes: Patient with ACS and multivessel and left main coronary artery disease.

Chairmen: Goran Stankovic (Belgrade), Janina Stępińska (Warsaw), Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
Panel: Andrzej Ochała (Katowice), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Jarosław Wójcik (Lublin), Mariusz Gąsior (Zabrze), Bagrat Alekyan (Moscow), Wasan Udayachalerm (Bangkok)

• 9:00-9:40 Live case 1. Patient with NSTEMI and multivessel CAD
Operators: Marek Grygier (Poznań), Adam Sukiennik (Bydgoszcz)

Featured Lecture
9:40-9:55 Therapeutic hypothermia for STEMI patients – are evidences in? Goran Olivecrona (Lund)
• 9:55-10:35 Live case 2. Patient with NSTEMi and left main stenosis.
Operators: Radosław Parma (Katowice), Tomasz Pawłowski (Warsaw)

Featured Lecture
10:35-10:50 Acute coronary syndrome complicated by acute stroke – how to manage two acute diseases in cath lab? Michael Haude (Neuss)

10:50-11:30 ROOM C
Acute coronary syndrome: case presentations
Chairmen: Goran Olivecrona (Lund), Zbigniew Kalarus (Zabrze), Paweł Buszman (Ustron)
Panelists: Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Jacek Legutko (Krakow), Mariusz Gąsior (Zabrze), Sławomir Dobrzycki (Bialystok), Janusz Rzeźniczak (Poznań), Krzysztof Reczuch (Wroclaw)

• 10:50-11:00 Case 1. Wojciech Szybka (Warsaw)
• 11:00-11:03 Discussion
• 11:03-11:13 Case 2. Acute MI in a very young patient complicated with cardiogenic shock. Michał Dziuba (Łódź)
• 11:13-11:16 Discussion
• 11:16-11:26 Case 3. Unstable angina after CABG surgery. Tomasz Podolecki (Zabrze)
• 11:26-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:00 ROOM C
Opening Ceremony
1.Robert J. Gil and Adam Witkowski, WCCI Directors
2. Zbigniew Kalarus, President of the Polish Cardiac Society
3. Michael Haude on behalf of the President of the European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions

12:00-14:00 ROOM C
Learning Pathway on Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease in a stable angina patient
Learning the Technique on multivessel CAD

Facilitators: Michael Haude (Neuss), Goran Stankovic (Belgrade), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
Media Driver: Mariusz Kłopotowski (Warsaw)
Live-in-a boxe case

14:00-15:00 LUNCH

 14:00-15:00 RUBINSTEIN & CHOPIN ROOM (level 3)
Satellite Lunch Symposium

• Advancing stroke prevention together – WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAA) Device as a proven treatment alternative for patients with atrial fibrillation” – Tomasz Włodarczyk, Field Clinical Specialist Watchman
• “iLab™ (IVUS) – New Imagine” – Fotis Tsompanidis, IC Marketing Manager
• “Vessix™ – System for Renal Denervation” – Michał Lempkowski, PI Marketing Manager
• “Lotus™ – second-generation TAVI System” – Hardip Thakerar, Field Clinical Specialist Director TAVI
• “Rotablator™ – Rotational Atherectomy System” – Nathalie Lambourdiere, IC Product Manager
• “DES – Model to test the next generation stent” – Miguel Posse, Engineer Sr R&D

15:00-16:30 ROOM C
How Should I treat multivessel CAD?
Chairmen: Piotr Musiałek (Krakow), Michael Haude (Neuss), Andrzej Ochała (Katowice)
2 invited cases presented and disscussed
Experts (1st case): Goran Stankovic (Belgrade), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
Experts (2nd case): Ravi Nair (Cleveland/Abu Dhabi), Jacek Legutko (Krakow)
Consensus after each case will be delivered by the chairmen.

• 15:00-15:05 Introduction and objectives. Michael Haude (Neuss)

• 15:05-15:45 Case 1
Speaker 1: Case presentation. Radosław Parma (Katowice) – 5 minutes
Expert 1: How would I treat? Goran Stankovic (Belgrade) – 7 minutes
Expert 2: How would I treat? Robert Gil (Warsaw) – 7 minutes
Speaker 1: How did I treat. Radosław Parma (Katowice) – 5 minutes
Discussion – 10 minutes
Consensus: Piotr Musiałek (Krakow) – 5 minutes

• 15:45-16:30 Case 2
Speaker 2: Case presentation. Krzysztof Kukuła (Warsaw) – 5 minutes
Expert 1: How would I treat? Ravi Nair (Cleveland/Abu Dhabi) – 7 minutes
Expert 2: How would I treat? Jacek Legutko (Krakow) – 7 minutes
Speaker 2: How did I treat. Krzysztof Kukuła (Warsaw) – 5 minutes
Discussion – 10 minutes
Consensus: Andrzej Ochała (Katowice) – 5 minutes

12:00-16:30 ROOM A+B
Learning Pathway on Renal Denervation

12:00-14:00 ROOM A+B.
Learning the Technique on Renal Denervation.
Facilitators: Felix Mahfoud (Homburg/Saar), Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
Media Driver: Joanna Zalewska

Live in a box case. Medtronic catheter (30 minutes).
Live in a box case. Boston Scientific balloon catheter (30 minutes).

14:00-15:00 LUNCH

15:00-16:30 Room A+B
Catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation: a new hope for resistant hypertension and beyond
Chairmen: Andrzej Januszewicz (Warsaw), Felix Mahfoud (Homburg/Saar), Grzegorz Opolski (Warsaw)

To be updated on the clinical data on the catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation for the treatment of resistant hypertension.
To understand how to select appropriate patients for catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation and how to perform the procedure.
To appreciate the potential indications of the catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation for new indications.

• 15:00-15:03 Introduction and objectives. Felix Mahfoud (Homburg/Saar)
• 15:03-15:15 Renal denervation in clinical trials and real world experience – What we learned from Symplicity HTN-III. Felix Mahfoud (Homburg/Saar)
• 15:15-15:20 Discussion
• 15:20-15:30 Best technical practices and potential complications. Jacek Kądziela (Warsaw)

15:30-16:10 Live in a box case. Renal denervation with St Jude device.
Operators: Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Rafał Krzyżewski (Warsaw)
• 16:10-16:22 Future targets for RDN: Heart failure? Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
• 16:22-16:27 Discussion
• 16:27-16:30 Take-home message. Andrzej Januszewicz (Warsaw)

16:30-17:00 COFFE BREAK

17:00-18:30 ROOM C
Stable Angina: How new guidelines impacts daily practice?
Chairmen: Marek A. Deja (Katowice), Sang Wook Kim (Seoul), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
Panelists: Wasan Udayachalerm (Bangkok), Bagrat Alekyan (Moscow), Jacek Legutko (Krakow), Piotr Pieniążek (Krakow), Kiril Karamfilov (Sofia), Dariusz Ciećwierz (Gdansk), Sławomir Dobrzycki (Bialystok)|

• 17:00-17:05 Learning objectives. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 17:05-17:45 Live case 3. patient with multivessel CAD
Operators: Paweł Buszman (Ustron), Jarosław Rzezak (Warsaw)

Featured Lectures
17:45-18:00 Left main angioplasty: state of the art 2014. Sang Wook Kim (Seoul)
• 18:00-18:12 Multivessel CAD – a case for surgery. Piotr Suwalski (Warsaw)
• 18:12-18:24 Multivessel CAD – a case for PCI. Ravi Nair (Cleveland)
• 18:24 -18:30 Take-home message. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)

17:00-18:35 ROOM A+B
Forum on TAVI
Chairmen: Anson Cheung (Vancouver), Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
Panelists: Janusz Kochman (Warsaw), Krzysztof Wilczek (Zabrze), Maciej Lesiak (Poznan), Krzysztof Reczuch (Wroclaw), Jan Zbigniew Peruga (Lodz), Radosław Parma (Katowice)

• 17:00-17:05 Learning objectives. Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
• 17:05-17-20 Case 1. Maciej Dąbrowski (Warsaw)
• 17:20-17:25 Discussion
• 17:25-17:40 Case 2. Radosław Parma (Katowice)
• 17:40-17:45 Discussion
• 17:45-18:00 Case 3. Anson Cheung (Vancouver)
• 18:05-18:10 Discussion
• 18:10-18:25: Case 4. Jarosław Trębacz (Krakow)
• 18:25-18:30 Discussion
• 18:30-18:35 Take-home message. Anson Cheung (Vancouver)

18:45-19:35 ROOM C
Future perspectives and financial issues of new technologies in Poland (session in Polish)
Chairmen: Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Andrzej Ochała (Katowice), Adam Witkowski (Warszawa)
Pannelists: Adam Kern (Olsztyn), Zbigniew Peruga (Łódź), Adam Sukiennik (Bydgoszcz), Maciej Dąbrowski (Warszawa), Maciej Karcz (Warszawa)

• 18:45-18:50 Learning objectives. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 18:50-19:05 Innowacje w polskiej medycynie w perspektywie obecnych i przyszłych badań nad chorbami sercowo-naczyniowymi. Krzysztof Milewski (Ustroń)
• 19:05-19:20 Perspektywa finansowa stosowania środków kontrastowych. Piotr Waciński (Lublin)
• 19:20-19:35. Take-home message. Andrzej Ochała (Katowice)]

07:30 9:15 ROOM A+B
Meeting of the Directors of the Polish Catheterization labs and General Assembly of the Association on Cardiovascular Intervcentions of the Polish Cardiac Society 

Review of live cases done at WCCI 2013 available at www.wcci.pl
Presenters: M. Dąbrowski (Warsaw), Sławomir Gołębiewski (Warsaw)

09:30-13:29 ROOM C
Peripheral interventions for the treatment of limb ischemia, stroke/TIA and venous thromboembolism
Chairmen: Andrzej Ochała (Katowice), Stanisław Bartuś (Krakow), Piotr Andziak (Warszawa)
Panelists: Panelists: Wasan Udayachalerm (Bangkok), Waldemar Mielecki (Kraków), Jacek Kądziela (Warszawa), Jerzy Pręgowski (Warszawa), Sławomir Dobrzycki (Białystok), Marcin Protasiewicz (Wrocław)

• 09:30-09:35 Learning objectives. Andrzej Ochała (Katowice)
• 09:35-09:47 Management of intermediate risk pulmonary embolism. Adam Torbicki (Warsaw)
• 09:47-09:59 AngioJet thrombectomy for acute DVT – Robert Lookstein, (New York)
• 09:59-10:40 Live case 1. Peripheral artery angioplasty.
Operators: Wacław Kuczmik (Katowice), Maciej Karcz (Warsaw)
• 10:40-10:55 Featured lecture
Current status of stroke management. Ronen Leker (Jerusalem)
• 10:55-11:07 CREST plus stenting ahead. Tomasz Jargiełło (Lublin)
• 11:07-11:19 Which asymptomatic patients may benefit from CAS or CEA. Piotr Pieniążek (Krakow)
• 11:19-11:54 Live case 2. Carotid angioplasty
Operators: Tomasz Jargiełło (Lublin), Zbigniew Chmielak (Warszawa)
• 11:54-12:08 Occlusion of radial artery – possible management. Sławomir Dobrzycki (Białystok)
• 12:08-12:20 DEB in peripheral interventions: clinical indications, who is the best candidate today. Tadeusz Przewłocki (Krakow)
• 12:20-12:32 Repair of aortic arch pathologies. Piotr Suwalski (Warsaw)
• 12:32-12:44 Technical inovations – low profile or device integrity. Wacław Kuczmik (Katowice)
• 12:44-13:24 Live case 3. Peripheral artery angioplasty.
Operatos: Rafał Maciąg (Warszawa), Zbigniew Chmielak (Warszawa)
• 13:24-13:29: Take-home message. Stanisław Bartuś (Krakow)

09:30-11:30 ROOM A+B
Structural heart diseases, atrial fibrillation and prevention of stroke
Chairmen: Marcin Demkow (Warsaw), Jacek Białkowski (Zabrze), Marek Grygier (Poznan)
Panelists: Sławomir Dobrzycki (Bialystok), Janusz Rzeźniczak (Poznan), Janusz Kochman (Warsaw), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Tadeusz Przewłocki (Krakow), Grzegorz Smolka (Katowice)

• 09:30-09:35 Learning objectives. Marcin Demkow (Warsaw)
• 09:35-09:47 Oral anticoagulation. Stefan Grajek (Poznan)
• 09:47-09:59 Left atrial appendage closure. Marek Grygier (Poznan)
• 09:59-10:11 PFO closure. Roland Fiszer (Zabrze)
• 10:11-10:23 How to perform septal puncture for different structural heart diseases? Jai-Wun Park (Hamburg)
• 10:23-10: 53 Live case 4. Left atrial appendage closure with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug.
Operators: Jai-Wun Park (Hamburg), Radosław Pracoń (Warsaw), ECHO: Marek Konka (Warsaw)
• 10:53-11:03 Live in a box 1. Left atrial appendage closure with Watchman.
Operator: Marek Grygier (Poznan)
• 11:03-11:15 When and how to apply echocardiographic guidance in cath lab? Piotr Szymański (Warsaw)
• 11:15-11:18 Take-home message. Jacek Białkowski (Zabrze)

Featured Lecture
11:18-11:30 Clinical Magnetic Field Imaging – recent update. Jai-Wun Park (Hamburg)

11:30-13:30 ROOM A+B
TAVI – Old problems, new indications
Chairmen: Ariel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv), Eberhardt Grube (Bonn), Witold Rużyłło (Warsaw)
Panelists: Dariusz Dudek (Krakow), Krzysztof Reczuch (Wrocław), Sławomir Dobrzycki (Białystok), Janusz Kochman (Warszawa), Marcin Demkow (Warszawa), Radosław Parma (Katowice), Dariusz Jagielak (Gdańsk), Kazimierz Widenka (Rzeszów), Marek A. Deja (Katowice), Maciej Lesiak (Poznań), Michał Zembala (Zabrze)

• 11:30-12:10 Live case 5. TAVI
Live center: Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw
Operators: Adam Witkowski, Maciej Dąbrowski
• 12:10-12:15 Learning objectives. Eberhardt Grube (Bonn)
• 12:15-12:27 The choice of the access site. Janusz Kochman (Warsaw)
• 12:27-12:39 How to prevent and manage vascular complications after TAVI? Dariusz Jagielak (Gdańsk)
• 12:39-12:51 How to prevent periprocedural and posprocedural stroke? Eberhardt Grube (Bonn)
• 12:51-13:03 TAVI – expanded indications. Alec Vahanian (Paris)
• 13:03-13:15 Paravalvular leaks in TAVI. Ariel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv)
• 13:15-13:27 Post-surgical valve in valve. Ran Kornowski (Petah Tikva)
• 13:27-13:30 Take-home message. Witold Rużyłło (Warsaw)

11:00-12:30 HEMISPHERE ROOM (level -1)
Nurse and Technician Session (in Polish)
Jak przeżyć zawał serca?
Moderatorzy: Małgorzata Wolszczak, Zofia Kamińska
1. Wezwanie do bólu w klatce piersiowej – co dalej? Maciej Koperski
2. Powikłania ostrego zespołu wieńcowego – rola pielęgniarki w intensywnej terapii. Mariola Kmiecick
3. Ocena wydolności fizycznej w elektrokardiograficznej próbie wysiłkowej po OZW. Iwona Kozdrój
4. Rehabilitacja pacjentów po OZW. Ewa Jakubowska

13:30-15:00 ROOM A
Satellite Lunch Symposium
Sponsored by unrestricted grant by MEDTRONIC
Global cardiovascular solutions
Chairmen: R.J. Gil (Warsaw), A. Witkowski (Warsaw), D. Dudek (Krakow), A. Ochała (Katowice)

• 13:30 Core Valve – Performance that matters – the latest results and future Grube (Bonn)
• 13:50 Resolute Integrity – stent well known by interventional cardiologists. What do we have beyond… W. Wojakowski (Katowice)
• 14:05 SYMPLICITY Spyral Design Summary Witkowski (Warsaw)
• 14:20 Review of the Symplicity HTN-3 and Global Symplicity Registry Results Narkiewicz (Gdansk)
• 14:40 RDN Debate – Real World Data vs. Clinical Trial Data Dudek, R. Gil, K. Narkiewicz, A. Ochała, A. Witkowski
• 14:50 Educational Quiz. All participants

13:30-15:00 ROOM B
Satelite Lunch Symposium 2

13:30-15:00 ROOM C
Satelite Lunch Symposium 3
How Instant Wave-Free Ratio (iFR) and novel IVUS Co-Registration will improve precision guided PCI
Chairman: Jacek Legutko (Krakow)

• 13:30-13:35 Opening remarks. Jacek Legutko (Krakow)
• 13:35-13:55 Instant Wave-free Ratio (iFR): From Research to Clinical Practice. Ricardo Petraco (London)
• 13:55-14:05 Q&A
• 14:05-14:25 Why do we need IVUS for stent optimization. Jacek Legutko (Krakow)
• 14:25-14:35 Q&A
• 14:35-14:55 SyncVision: A novel IVUS-Angio Co-registration solution. Jeremy Guillermic (Volcano)
• 14:55-15:00 Q&A – Closing Remarks. Jacek Legutko (Krakow)

13:30-15:00 LUNCH (lunch boxes at satellite symposia)

15:00-17:26 ROOM C
Functional coronary angioplasty: Integrated use of IVUS/OCT and FFR.
Chairmen: Michał Hawranek (Zabrze), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Wasan Udayachalerm (Bangkok), Sang Wook Kim (Seoul)
Panelists: Janusz Rzeźniczak (Poznan), Tadeusz Przewłocki (Krakow), Dariusz Ciećwierz (Gdansk), Jerzy Pręgowski (Warsaw), Michał Dziuba (Łódź), Marcin Protasiewicz (Wrocław)

• 15:00-15:05 Learning objectives. Robert J. Gil (Warsaw)
• 15:05-15:17 Coronary angiography is still a golden standard but…. Krzysztof Reczuch (Wrocław)
• 15:17-15:29 When and how to apply IVUS and OCT? Jerzy Pręgowski (Warsaw)
• 15:29-15:41 When and how to apply functional assessment of coronary stenosis? Jacek Legutko (Krakow)
• 15:41-16:21 Live case 6. PCI with intraprocedural lesions assessment
Operators: Maciej Lesiak (Poznan), Krzysztof Kukuła (Warsaw)
IVUS/OCT/FFR: Łukasz Kalińczuk (Warsaw)
• 16:21-17:01 Live case 7. PCI with intraprocedural lesions assessment
Operators: Sławomir Dobrzycki (Białystok), Jacek Kądziela (Warsaw)
IVUS/FFR/OCT: Łukasz Kalińczuk (Warsaw)
• 17:01-17:21 Debate: Functional versus visual assessment of coronary stenosis.
1. Functional assessment is crucial. Paweł Tyczynski (Warsaw)
2. Visual assessment provides more useful data. Tomasz Pawłowski (Warsaw)
• 17:21-17:26 Consensus and take-home message. Michał Hawranek (Zabrze)

15:00-17:45 ROOM B
Interventions in heart failure
Chairmen: Alec Vahanian (Paris), Adam Witkowski (Warsaw), Marian Zembala (Zabrze)
Panelists: Marcin Demkow (Warsaw), Krzysztof Reczuch (Wrocław), Piotr Kołsut (Warszawa), Piotr Suwalski (Warszawa), Paweł Buszman (Ustroń), Kazimierz Widenka (Rzeszów), Anson Cheung (Vancouver)
• 15:00-15:05 Learning objectives. Adam Witkowski (Warsaw)
• 15:05-15:17 Peructaneous mitral valve interventions. Jerzy Pręgowski (Warsaw)
• 15:17-15:29 Surgical mitral valve repair is still a gold standard! Kazimierz Widenka (Rzeszów)
• 15:29-16:09 Live in a box 2. Percutaneous mitral valve repair
• 16:09 – 16:21 LVAD in Cath-Lab: when and to whom? Dariusz Dudek (Krakow)
• 16:21-17:00 Live case 8. High-risk PCI in multivessel CAD.
Operators: Zbigniew Chmnielak (Warsaw), Jacek Legutko (Krakow)
IVUS/OCT/FFR: Łukasz Kalińczuk (Warsaw)

Tricuspid valve regurgitation: problem for cardiologist and cardiac surgeon
17:00-17:15 Tricuspid valve regurgitation – What can be do in cath lab? Michael Laule (Berlin)
• 17:15-17:130 Tricuspid valve regurgitation – What can be done by surgery? Marian Zembala (Zabrze)
• 17:30-17:40 Discussion
• 17:40-17:45 Take-home message. Marian Zembala (Zabrze)

LOCATION: Intercontinenetal Hotel, 49 E. Plater St., Warsaw, Poland
ROOM: Rubinstein/Chopin (3d floor)
LANGUAGE : English

8:00-8:15 Welcome: Outline of the Programme and rules
What? Why? How?
Davide Capodanno, Jerzy Pregowski
8:15-10:00 A patient presenting with STEMI
Jacek Legutko, Davide Capodanno, Jerzy Pregowski
First phone contact
• Key information
• Pre-hospital treatments (platelet inhibitors, anticoagulants)
Hospital admission
• Door-to-balloon
• Global patient appraisal
Specific situations
• Post fibrinolysis
• Shock
• Right ventricular infarction

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:00 Jacek Legutko, Davide Capodanno, Jerzy Pregowski
Primary PCI is decided
• Pharmacological treatment
• Strategy planning
• Material selection
• PCI procedure
• Thrombus aspiration
Post-PCI procedure
• In hospital
• At discharge

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-16:00 How to prevent and manage the most frequent complications?
Jacek Legutko, Davide Capodanno, Jerzy Pregowski
Part 1: Case based discussions
• Thrombotic
• Bleeding
• Side access
Part 2:
• Dissection
• Perforation
• No reflow
• Complications with aspiration devices
16:00-16:30 BREAK

16:30-17:30 Part 3: Complication cases from the participants

17:30-18:30 Synthesis / Lecture
Davide Capodanno
Examples: Prami


Workshop Venue

Hotel InterContinental
49 Emilii Plater Street
00-125 Warsaw, Poland
phone: +48 22 328 8888, 00800 311 1216

The InterContinental is located in the center of Warsaw. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city with a unique and modern architecture. The ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions to visit during your stay in the capital, such as Warsaw’s Old Town, National Museum, Warsaw Uprising Museum and many others. The hotel is also in close proximity to the Central Railway Station, Palace of Culture and Science and Golden Terraces Shopping Centre.

Fee for the Workshop

Tips for travelers

The electric current in Poland is 220V.

The currency is the Polish zloty (PLN). In most hotels, restaurants and shops are accepted Visa or Mastercard. ATMs are widely available in Warsaw and there is no difficulty to withdraw cash.

Tap water is clean and safe to drink.

Congress Secretariat shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage to property belonging to the participants (or bystanders). Participants should make their own determinations on issues of health and travel insurance.

998 Fire Brigade
997 Police
999 Ambulance
986 Municipal Police

Mobile phone:
112 – Emergency Call

The official language is Polish

Polish code number +48
Warsaw area code 22

+ 1 hours UTC / GMT

WCCI Directors

Jean Marco, MD, PhD, FESC, Chairman of EAPCI, Toulouse, Robert J. Gil, MD, PhD, FESC, Warsaw; Adam Witkowski, MD, PhD, FESC, Warsaw

Organizing Committee

Hanna Rdzanek (secretary); Jarosław Rzezak (secretary); Maciej Dąbrowski (Co-Chair); Aneta Gziut; Sławomir Gołębiewski; Jacek Kądziela; Rafał Krzyżewski; Piotr Kwiatkowski; Izabela Maszczak (secretary); Tomasz Pawłowski (Co-Chair); Jerzy Pręgowski; Piotr Seweryniak; Marta Strzelczyk (secretary); Zbigniew Śliwiński.

Invited faculty

International Faculty

Bagrat Alekyan (Moscow), Davide Capodanno (Catania), Anson Cheung (Vancouver), Andrejs Erglis (Riga), Ariel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv), Alfredo R. Galassi (Catania), Eberhardt Grube (Bonn), Michael Haude (Neuss), Stanislav Juhas (Kosice), Petr Kala (Brno), Kiril Karamfilov (Sofia), Sang Wook Kim (Seoul), Ran Kornowski (Petach Tikva), Michael Laule (Berlin), Ronen Leker (Jerusalem), Robert Lookstein (New York), Felix Mahfoud (Homburg/Saar), Bela Merkely (Budapest), Ravi Nair (Cleveland/Abu Dhabi), Goran Olivecrona (Lund), Jai-Wun Park (Hamburg), Denys Sebov (Odessa), Pranas Serpytis (Vilnius), Goran Stankovic (Belgrade), Walery Stelmaszuk (Minsk), Wasan Udayachalerm (Bangkok), Alec Vahanian (Paris), Gerald S. Werner (Darmstadt), Lucien Zarma (Bucharest).

 Polish Faculty

Piotr Andziak (Warsaw), Stanisław Bartuś (Krakow), Jacek Białkowski (Zabrze), Leszek Bryniarski (Krakow), Paweł Buszman (Ustron), Zbigniew Chmielak (Warsaw), Dariusz Ciećwierz (Gdansk), Maciej Dąbrowski (Warsaw), Marek A. Deja (Katowice), Marcin Demkow (Warsaw), Sławomir Dobrzycki (Bialystok), Dariusz Dudek (Krakow), Michał Dziuba (Lodz), Roland Fiszer (Zabrze), Mariusz Gąsior (Zabrze), Robert J. Gil (Warsaw), Stefan Grajek (Poznan), Marek Grygier (Poznan), Dariusz Jagielak (Gdansk), Piotr Jankowski (Krakow), Andrzej Januszewicz (Warsaw), Tomasz Jargiełło (Lublin), Zbigniew Kalarus (Zabrze), Maciej Karcz (Warsaw), Jacek Kądziela (Warsaw), Adam Kern (Olsztyn), Janusz Kochman (Warsaw), Piotr Kołsut (Warsaw), Wacław Kuczmik (Katowice), Jacek Legutko (Krakow), Andrzej Lekston (Zabrze), Maciej Lesiak (Poznan), Waldemar Mielecki (Krakow), Piotr Musiałek (Krakow), Andrzej Ochała (Katowice), Grzegorz Opolski (Warsaw), Radosław Parma (Katowice), Tomasz Pawłowski (Warsaw), Jan Zbigniew Peruga (Lodz), Piotr Pieniążek (Krakow), Jerzy Pręgowski (Warsaw), Marcin Protasiewicz (Wroclaw), Tadeusz Przewłocki (Krakow), Krzysztof Reczuch (Wroclaw), Witold Rużyłło (Warsaw), Jarosław Rzezak (Warsaw), Janusz Rzeźniczak (Poznan), Grzegorz Smolka (Katowice), Janina Stępińska (Warsaw), Adam Sukiennik (Bydgoszcz), Piotr Suwalski (Warsaw), Piotr Szymański (Warsaw), Adam Torbicki (Warsaw), Kazimierz Widenka (Rzeszow), Krzysztof Wilczek (Zabrze), Adam Witkowski (Warsaw), Wojciech Wojakowski (Katowice), Jarosław Wójcik (Lublin), Michał Zembala (Zabrze), Marian Zembala (Zabrze), Krzysztof Żmudka (Krakow).


Sławomir Gołębiewski (Warsaw), Michał Hawranek (Zabrze), Ewa Jakubowska (Warsaw), Łukasz Kalińczuk (Warsaw), Zofia Kamińska (Warsaw), Mariusz Kłopotowski (Warsaw), Mariola Kmiecicka (Warsaw), Marek Konka (Warsaw), Maciej Koperski (Warsaw), Iwona Kozdrój (Warsaw), Rafał Krzyżewski (Warsaw), Krzysztof Kukuła (Warsaw), Rafał Maciąg (Warsaw), Tomasz Podolecki (Zabrze), Radosław Pracoń (Warsaw), Wojciech Szybka (Warsaw), Jarosław Trębacz (Krakow), Paweł Tyczyński (Warsaw), Piotr Waciński (Lublin), Małgorzata Wolszczak (Warsaw), Joanna Zalewska (Warsaw).


Professor Robert Julian Gil, MD, Ph.D., a graduate of the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin has been the head of the Department of Invasive Cardiology of the Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration (MSWiA) in Warsaw, one of the most efficient centres of Interventional Cardiology in Poland since 2001. In 1997-2004 he was the Chair of the Invasive Cardiology Section (Working Group) of the Polish Cardiac Society, and a member of its Board (as a past president) for the next 3 years. Since 2001 he has been in the Expert Team handling accreditation in cardiology appointed by the Polish Minister of Health. Since 2002 he has been a Consultant of Healthcare for the Ministry of the Interior and Administration in the field of cardiology.

His scientific interests include mostly the evaluation of atherosclerotic plaque, coronary stenosis, diagnostics and treatment of complex lesions, including bifurcation lesions. He is also interested in the use of percutaneous revascularisation in acute coronary syndromes. For many years he has participated in international clinical studies evaluating medicines and devices supporting coronary angioplasty.

His achievements include over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals, out of which more than 60 were published in foreign journals (IF close to 200). Moreover, he co-authored 30 chapters of books on interventional cardiology and more than 300 convention reports, out of which more than 100 were presented at prestigious international conventions on clinical electrophysiology and invasive cardiology. Since 2005 he has been a research fellow in the Mossakowski Medical Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In June 2013 he was appointed as professor in that Institution.

He initiated annual National Workshops on Interventional Cardiology, which after 5 editions in Szczecin were moved to Warsaw as the Warsaw Course on Cardiovascular Interventions. Their 19th edition is planned for April 2015.

He co-authored the guidelines of the Invasive Cardiology Section of the Polish Cardiac Society concerning Invasive Cardiology.

Since 2007 he has been a member of the exclusive European Bifurcation Club handling the questions of diagnostics and treatment of bifurcation lesions.

Since 1994 he has been a scientific reviewer of monthly Kardiologia Polska, since 1998 – Folia Cardiologica (currently Cardiology Journal), and since 2000 – Polski Przegląd Kardiologiczny. In all of these magazines he is a member of Editorial Boards, and in Kardiologia Polska was the editor of column “Angiogram of the month”. Since 2009 he has regularly reviewed papers sent by to the American Journal of Cardiology, EuroIntervention, Journal of Interventional Cardiology and Circulation.

In 1999 he was appointed as the editor-in-chief of the Invasive Cardiology journal and is performing these functions up till today.

Since 1999 he has been active in the Working Group on coronary circulation of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), which in September 2006 transformed into the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI). In 2009 he was assigned to its Grant Committee. In June 2000 he was awarded a prestigious title of the Fellow of European Society of Cardiology. Since 2001 he has been regularly invited to actively participate (Faculty member) in such prestigious Congresses and Workshops of Interventional Cardiology as: EuroPCR, TCT, TCT Russia, ICI in Tel Aviv, European Bifurcation Club meetings and many national congresses.

f_logo  Profesor Robert Gil



General Cardiology & Haemodynamics Dept., Institute of Cardiology,
42 Alpejska St., 04-628 Warsaw, Poland

Phone: +48 22 812 41 64
Fax: +48 22 34 34 506
E-mail: witkowski@hbz.pl

Born: Poznań, Poland Aug 1st, 1958
Education: Warsaw Medical Academy 1976- 83

Proffessional training:
six weeks of elective training at the Division of Cardiology, University of Maryland Hospital, USA, 1980
Internship, Medicine and Surgery 1983-84
1st degree – Internal Medicine 1986
two weeks of elective training at the Haemodynamics Division, University Vaudois Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1989
6th Course in Interventional Cardiology, Geneva, Switzerland, 1989
2nd degree – Internal Medicine 1990
Doctor of Philosophy 1993
Fellowship in Cardiology 1996
Habilitation 2001 (postdoctoral lecturing qualification)
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology 2003

Post held:
Assistant and Senior Assistant, Haemodynamics&General Cardiology Dept., Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, Poland 1983-93
Assistant Professor, Heamodynamics &General Cardiology Dept., Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, Poland, 1993
Deputy Director, Haemodynamics Dept., Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, Poland, 1998
Associate Professor, Haemodynamics Dept., Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, Poland, 2001
Chairmen, Working Group on Interventional, Cardiology of the Polish Cardiac Society 2004-7

Primary Investigator, CAPE, Pfizer 1990-92
Co-Investigator, GITS Verapamil, Lorex Pharmaceuticals, USA 1992-93
Co-Investigator, MATTIS, Sanofi Winthrop, 1996
Co-Investigator, EXCITE, Searle 1998
Primary Investigator, Tirofiban Study, MSD 1998
Primary lnvestigator, ICARUS – 1+2, 1999 Medtronic
Primar Investigator, Race-Car, Medtronic 1999
Co-lnvestigator, ADVANCE, Boston Scientific 1999
Primary Investigator, PRESTO, S-KB 2000
Primary Investigator, VISION, Guidant 2001
Co-Investigator, Taxus II, Boston Scientific 2001
Co-Investigator, Euroinject-One 2002
Co-Investigator, Taxus VI, Boston Scientific 2002
Co-Investigator, Agent-4, Schering 2002
Co-Investigator, ARTS II, J&J-Cordis 2003
Co-Investigator, ENDEAVOR II, Medtronic 2004
Primary Investigator, FREEDOM 2006
Primary Investigator, HORIZONS 2006
Co-Investigator, SYNTAX 2006

Special interest In Cardiology:
Coronary Interventions (PTCA, DCA, TEC, Stenting, HOCM ablation, Brachytherapy)

Research Work:
Systolic and Diastolic Performance of the Left Ventricle
Stunned and Hibernating Myocardium
Perfusion Balloon Catheters
Coronary Stenting
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Coronary Brachytherapy
Acute coronary syndrome

Awards of the Polish Cardiac Society 1995, 2001

Faculty member:
ESC Congresses, EuroPCR

f_logo  Profesor Adam Witkowski