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British Cardiovascular Society – 90th Annual Conference

Specialists from the field of Cardiovascular Medicine will travel to Manchester at the end of May for the 2012 British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference.

The three day conference will take place at Manchester Central on 28–30 May 2012 at Manchester Central and is expected to attract over 2,200 healthcare professionals – 77% being either Consultant Cardiologists or Trainee Cardiologists.

In the year of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the conference will have a theme around maintaining a healthy heart through exercise and lifestyle changes and a key part of this will be a schools event at The Midland Hotel.

Dr Sarah Clarke, Vice President of Education and Research at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) says “Manchester is internationally recognised as a city with a world-class science community and is a natural host for our Conference. With the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London this year, we have the opportunity to highlight how important exercise, and other lifestyle measures are to maintain a healthy heart”.

Alongside the Annual Conference, the BCS is holding a ‘Healthy Hearts’ event for over 120 local school children. The event will show how the heart works, what can go wrong and how to keep a heart healthy. Various hands on activities provided by the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Liverpool John Moores University) will demonstrate how science is translated from theory to practice. The children will learn how the principles of physical activity and nutrition can be incorporated into their day to day routines.

Activities will include an exergaming Nintendo Wii, various exercises exploring changes in heart rate/blood pressure/lung function, physiological tests that elite athletes perform and making a sports drink. Previous Olympians and medallists, Professor Greg Whyte and Rebecca Romero will be joining the children at this event and presenting prizes. Manchester United is transmitting a video message to the children. The event is supported by the British Heart Foundation. We must encourage the next generation to eat more healthily, avoid obesity, exercise regularly and avoid smoking habits.

During the Annual Conference there will be sessions dedicated to exercise in the healthy heart and for those with heart disease. Critical issues of cardiac risk and cardiac screening will be addressed and this is very topical with recent news coverage of collapse and sudden death in sport. UK cardiologists and other delegates will take to a bike to see how far they can cycle for the duration of the conference. The event will raise funds for CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity that highlights conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) or sudden cardiac death (SCD). To find out more or sponsor the event please go to www.c-r-y.org.uk/bcs.htm or www.bcs.com/crycyclathon

This will be the fourth time that the BCS has held its annual conference in Manchester since 2008 and it will visit again for another four years from 2014.

Published on: May 24, 2012

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