OVER 1,000 Filipino medical practitioners gathered for the 2016 Experts’ Convergence for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Summit at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City to obtain new knowledge and insights on the latest trends from four internationally acclaimed experts in different medical fields.
Dr. Ma. Rosario Sevilla, one of the members of the organizing committee, said this year’s ECHO Summit focused on the topics of depression, women’s health, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Joining the summit were four world-renowned speakers namely Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical Center in Boston; Dr. Amos Pines, associate professor at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University in Israel; Dr. Wilfred Fujimoto, professor emeritus of internal medicine at the University of Washington; and Dr. Bertram Pitt, a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Ghaemi talked about depression and anxiety as risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and presented studies that examine whether treatment using antidepressants improves cardiovascular outcomes in depressed patients.
Meanwhile, Dr. Pines discussed the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease in women after menopause. The expert also tackled the potential benefits of hormone replacement therapy in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and bone loss among menopausal women.
Dr. Fujimoto, for his part, shared his team’s findings on a study which explored diabetes in Japanese-Americans. He said Japanese-Americans who live in the US are even more susceptible to diabetes than the Japanese who are living in Tokyo.
Lastly, Dr. Pitt presented the latest trends in the use of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs), such as spironolactone and eplerenone in the management of heart failure as well as new drug agents which can help manage the hyperkalemia, which often accompanies the use of MRAs.