What is A-CURE?
A-CURE stands for Acute Cardiac Unloading and Recovery Working Group.1
Acute cardiac unloading is any maneuver, therapy, or intervention that decreases the workload and oxygen demand of the heart.1 The clinical, preclinical, and basic research of A-CURE focuses primarily on the use of the Impella® heart pump, a transvalvular microaxial flow pump, as the means to unload the heart. This scientific working group was established in 2015 and starting in 2016 has held annual public symposia to discuss the current acute cardiac unloading projects of individual member laboratories and gain insight and feedback from other members.1
The first annual A-CURE Public Symposium took place in Rome, Italy, on August 26, 2016 and was attended by approximately 100 clinicians, scientists, and research professionals from 21 different countries.1 The second annual A-CURE Public Symposium took place on August 24-25, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. The third annual A-CURE Symposium took place on November 8-9, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Information about past and future annual symposiums can be found at a-cure.org.1