CADECI Guadalajara Meeting
Dr. Charles White
CADECI (a Spanish acronym for annual congress of international cardiology) is a very large meeting held every year in Mexico. It is held in collaboration with TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) - Cardiovascular Research Foundation, self-described as the world’s largest and most important educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine. Daniel Vargas our international committee chairman attended the meeting last year, where it was indicated that NASCI participation would be welcome.
Working with the CADECI organizing committee, Dr. Vargas arranged to have a NASCI delegation participate. In addition to Dr. Vargas, the delegation consisted of Drs. Charles White, Jacobo Kirsch and Eric Williamson. The meeting was held at the Fiesta Americana hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico. It consisted of several hundred attendees, mostly cardiologists from Mexico. The meeting was primarily held in Spanish and as a native English speaker, it was interesting to see familiar exhibitors displaying their products in Spanish. In addition to many cardiologists from Mexico, speakers included several international luminaries in cardiology including Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, considered the father of echocardiography, and Dr. Josep Brugada, who described Brugada syndrome.
Most of the NASCI talks were held as a breakfast session. NASCI speakers covered several timely topics including TAVR, TMVR, 3D-printing, congenital heart disease and interesting cases, with simultaneous translation to Spanish. This literally was a breakfast session as waiters provided breakfast during the talks. The talks were in fact excellent but the waiter-served breakfast may also have had something to do with the fact that the room was completely full.
The meeting organizers sponsored a tour of the historical center of the city, which feature architecture from the Spanish colonial and post-colonial era. Without question, one of the highlights of the meeting was the evening social event, consisting of a trip to the Guadalajara opera house to hear a recital combining the city orchestra and a mariachi band, not a common sight in the United States, followed by a gala dinner at the Palace of Justice.
All in all, NASCI played a small but important role at the CADECI meeting. Such outreach is beneficial for society members who meet other cardiac imagers from all over the world and as an opportunity for other societies to learn of the considerable expertise that NASCI members bring to cardiac imaging.