Our latest adventure took us to Beijing for the 24th Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology Asia Pacific Heart Congress 2013 – which was a full house!
The conference hosted more than 13,000 attendees from all over the world. Not only were we pleased to participate at the conference as a whole, but during the big event, the 3rd International Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) Symposium was held.
The day was jam packed with the world’s leading experts sharing their research on EECP Therapy. The Symposium started off with a presentation from Dr. Richard Conti, the former President of the American College of Cardiology, followed by Dr. Ozlem Soran, Dr. William Lawson and Dr. Greg Barsness among many others.
One of the biggest stories to come out of this was the launch of the International EECP Society (IEECPS). The Society will bring together physicians, researchers and other professionals involved in the study, research, application and provision of EECP Therapy. Dr. William E. Lawson, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Stony Brook University, New York, USA was elected as the Society’s first president and Dr. Guifu Wu, President and Director of the Fourth People’s Hospital of Shenzhen, China was elected as Vice President of the Society.
The 3rd EECP Symposium wrapped up the day’s events with a dinner, MC’d by Ning Xin, a noted sports anchor for CCTV in Beijing. The dinner started with the official launch of IEECPS, which prompted many cardiologists to sign up as members on the spot.
As for entertainment, there were five impersonators, who looked and sounded like China’s former government leaders. Each presented a speech in the respective leader’s style of speaking, to motivate people to be conscious of their heart health and talked about the benefits of EECP Therapy.
What Great Wall meeting would be complete without an actual visit to the Great Wall? An impromptu gathering of physicians, friends and family got together on the day after the meeting and took a day trip to Badaling, one of the Great Wall sites where visitors can climb the winding and challenging wall to its highest points.
It was a fun, successful event. We at Vasomedical are really excited that there is an official community of EECP Therapy advocates coming together to advance awareness and greater acceptance of this great treatment.