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Aortic Dissection Awareness Day

Date: 07 August 2017 02:30

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is delighted to be hosting an aortic dissection conference on Tuesday 19th September to mark the second annual Aortic Dissection Awareness Day. 

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day is a day when more than 20 countries around the world join together to hold events, connect people and create a wave of awareness about Aortic Dissection.

The focus for this year’s event in the UK is ‘THINK AORTA!’

The conference programme will be hosted by Clinical Lead for Aortic Surgery at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Mr Mark Field, and speakers on the day will include Mr Graham Cooper, President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Miss Deborah Harrington, Consultant Cardiac & Aortic Surgeon at LHCH and Barbara Harpham, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK.   

Dan Burgess, Founder of Aortic Dissection Awareness UK, said: “Within UK and Ireland we have a network of aortic dissection survivors and family members affected by this disease. They are passionate about improving awareness and are committed to improving the care and information AD patients receive throughout their pathway, from initial diagnosis, monitoring, medical and surgical treatment, and through to discharge and follow-up.

“A diagnosis of AD and the extensive major surgery often involved can be very traumatic. Recovery involves physical, psychological and emotional difficulties and appropriate support once home is vital and aids recovery.

“Our AD ‘Buddy’ group is very active and prides itself on the personal, well-informed support that we provide.”

For further information about Aortic Dissection Awareness UK or the conference at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, please contact: aortic_dissection_awareness@outlook.com

Conference Programme  

9.30am: Registration, tea and coffee 

9.45am: Welcome  

  • Mr Mark Field, Lead Aortic Surgeon, LHCH, and Jane Tomkinson, Chief Executive at LHCH

9.55am: Event introduction and outline for the day 

  • Dan Burgess, AD survivor & founder of Aortic Dissection Awareness UK

10.05am: Aortic Dissection Awareness UK 2017 activity update 

  • Dan Burgess and Catherine Fowler 

10.20am: Aortic Dissection - a strategy for improving surgical management in the UK 

  • Mr Mark Field

10.40am: Engagement with first responders - what are the current challenges and solutions to timely diagnosis, early treatment and transfer of Aortic Dissection 

  • Miss Deborah Harrington, Consultant Cardiac & Aortic surgeon, LHCH

11am: Aortic Dissection: the heartache and the madness 

  • Stefan Paudler, AD Survivor 

11.20am: The importance of genetic screening of family members following aortic dissection 

  • Victoria McKay, Consultant Cardiovascular Geneticist, LHCH

11.40am: Die Another Day: How to Survive an Aortic Dissection 

  • Gareth Owens, AD Survivor


12.00: Noon. Lunch, Making new friends & connections 


12.45pm: Global Aortic Dissection Awareness Day – Update 

  • Dan Burgess with Timo Soderlund ( Sweden) & Shahrezade Miceli (Italy) – Via satellite link. 

1pm: The Importance of Fellowships, Patient support groups & AD Awareness 

  • Mr Omar Nawaytou, Consultant Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. 

1.15pm: Aortic Dissection Masterclass, Research and Fellowship 

  • Barbara Harpham, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK, with Helen Wilson, HRUK Research Manager 

1.40pm: Improving outcomes for patients with aortic dissection 

  • Graham Cooper, President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland. 

2pm: The new Aortic clinic at Glenfield Hospital Leicester and update from IRAD 

  • Professor Toru Suzuki

2.20pm: Rehabilitation following aortic dissection

  • Jan Naybour, Lead Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist

2.40pm: Open Floor - Questions & Discussion

  • Mark Field, Graham Cooper, Manoj Kuduvalli, Professor Toru Suzuki. 

3.10pm: ADAD UK – looking ahead, ambitions and future projects 

  • Event Close & Thanks 
  • Dan Burgess & Catherine Fowler

3.20pm: Mr Mark Field cordially invites you to attend a tour of Theatre Complex and Mock demonstrations of surgery. This optional extra session will last approximately one hour.