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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, it is my greatest pleasure to invite you to the XXIV World Congress of Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Imaging on 17-20 May, 2018 in Albena Resort, Bulgaria.
As per tradition, the 24th edition of the congress will bring world-class researchers and clinicians to disseminate their knowledge and experience in cardiology focusing on the theme, "Recent advances in Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Imaging". 

It has become extremely important to detect and treat cardiovascular disease at an early stage to prevent serious sequelae and chronic disease burden. Herein lies the major value of cardiac imaging. The meeting has a very rich agenda involving all aspects of cardiovascular disease with special emphasis on clinical echocardiography. Various topics will be discussed including state-of-the art echocardiography, clinical problem solving, pitfalls and recommendations, as well as emerging field on structural heart disease intervention. We have managed critical balance and have been able to include all topics of clinical interest related to adult echocardiography, vascular imaging, and congenital heart disease.

The scientific program will cover every aspect of cardiovascular medicine and possibilities of non-invasive imaging  for diagnostic and therapy. Participants will have a unique opportunity to discuss the various aspects of cardiology, including recent advances, diagnosis, prognosis and various therapeutic aspects.

The scientific content will be a judicious mixture between clinical education and latest scientific developments, keeping in mind the requirements of physicians, cardiologists, sonographers, fellows, interventionists, heath care policy makers and other health care professionals. A major part of the program will be dedicated to symposia, case studies, hemodynamic workshops and meet the experts sessions. The audience will have ample opportunity to interact with international and national faculty.  A unique, case based interactive session will following with international experts comments.

On 16 May 2018 there will be a Pre-Congress Course focused on advanced 3D Echocardiography and will be led by Prof. N. Pandian, Prof. N. Nanda and other specialist in the field.
On 20 May 2018 a unique interactive Post-Conress MRI Course will be held oriented to the young cardiologist in training. 

The host resort, Albena, not only offers a world-class destination for congresses and meetings but also sunshine, pristine beaches and world class hospitality making it a top destination not only in Bulgaria, but in Europe.

We would like to encourage you all to support and participate in the XXIV World Congress of Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Imaging and become part of its ultimate aim of keeping a healthy heart.

Thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you to Albena Resort, Bulgaria in 2018!

Best Regards,

Assoc. Prof. Krasimira Hristova, MD, PhD, FESC
National President, Local Organizing Committee
XXIV World Congress of Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Imaging, Bulgaria 2018