Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues,

Cardiac surgery has established itself as a very well developed surgical specialty with excellent patient outcome. On the other hand, the rapid development of interventional techniques in coronary and valve surgery is a great challenge for our profession. Therefore it is of imminent importance for the future to promote the development of established techniques and to integrate new methods into the cardiac surgical practice. Especially tailor-made constructs for an individual patient gain more and more importance. This symposium is a unique opportunity to disseminate new knowledge, stimulate discussion and allow exchange with cardiologists and the medical device as well as pharmaceutical industry.

The meeting will take place at the Hotel and Conference venue Robinson Select Alpenrose Zürs. Young residents can attend the Interactive Cardiovascular Course with wetlab facilities.

The main topic in 2015 will be AORTIC VALVE DISEASE. It should provide leading edge information on current state of the art practice as well as on innovation and research. Presentations of distinguished invited speakers as well as free presentations and posters will be given. Thus we would like to encourage clinicians and scientists to submit abstracts dealing with the main topics as well as other exciting issues in the field of cardiovascular surgery.

This will be conducted in a very relaxed and special atmosphere of the Arlberg so that all participants can openly exchange opinions and experiences and will contribute to a very attractive meeting.

Tailor-made reconstructions for an individual patient gain more and more importance.

Martin Grabenwöger & Günther Laufer