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Welcome to 12th Croatian congress on atherosclerosis

Dear colleagues,

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to wellcome you at the TWELFTH CROATIAN CONGRESS ON ATHEROSCLEROSIS in Crikvenica, May 16-18th, 2019. The purpose of this congress is to present the results of research concerning atherosclerosis and its consequences in Croatia, as well as the current knowledge and achievements concerning these topics in general. The importance of atherosclerosis is due to the fact that this disease is killer number one in Croatia, causing the death of almost every second Croatian citizen, and its consequences - coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular diseases have been for many years the main mortality causes in our country.

We have designed this congress so that invited plenary “state of the art” lectures are its important part. In these lectures Croatian and most prominent foreign lecturers will present the current views on atherosclerosis, its epidemiology, pathogenesis, risk factors, as well as the possibilities of its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The Scientific Committee has also selected a number of abstracts to be presented as posters. The abstracts of all plenary lectures and posters are published in an abstract book that appears as a supplement of the oldest Croatian medical journal “Liječnički vjesnik” and you will find it in your congress bags.

Since atherosclerosis is an interdisciplinary problem, cardiologists, neurologists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nuclear medicine professionals, epidemiologists, pathologists, biochemists, general practitioners and family doctors are participating at this meeting.

The best posters of young investigators will be chosen by Scientific Committee for the Young Investigator Awards, the first one being registration fee, travel and all the other costs for a young investigator to participate at the next Croatian Atheroslerosis Congress.

I sincerely believe that each of you will be able to find a specific field of interest among the themes of this meeting and that all of you will benefit from exchange of views, discussions and sharing the results of research, new concepts and discoveries. I also hope this congress could be an impulse for the activities of Croatian Atherosclerosis Society in the process of unraveling this ruthless disease. Finally, I do hope you will enjoy in Crikvenica, one of pearls of adriatic coast, the well known Croatian hospitality and the social program we have prepared for you so that at the end of the congress you will decide to join us at our next meeting as well.

President of the Congress and
President  of Croatian Atherosclerosis Society:
Professor Željko Reiner, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP(Lond), FESC, FACC