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Meet our Europe Regional Champions: Helder Pereira and Gabor Toth

Consult the biographies of the Europe Regional Champions: Dr. H. Pereira and Dr. G. Toth to find out what their professional background is and other major contributions in interventional cardiology and STEMI patient management.

Hélder Pereira (Portugal)

Helder PereiraDr. Hélder Pereira is currently Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Director of the Cardiology Department and the Interventional Cardiology Unit of Garcia de Orta Hospital, Almada, Portugal.

He graduated from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine in 1983 and received his specialist cardiology training at Santa Marta Hospital, Lisbon in 1992. He then trained in interventional cardiology at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona in 1993-4.

He received a Master in Management of Health Services at the ISCTE, Business School, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, and his PhD degree from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Pereira was a directing member of the Haemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology working group of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (2002-03) and its Chairman between 2003 and 2005. He was also Secretary of the Portuguese Association of Cardiovascular Interventions (2010-11) and President between 2011 and 2015.
Having held the position of Portugal Country Champion for the Stent-Save a Life! Global Initiative between 2011 and 2017, Dr. Pereira was recently appointed Regional Champion to promote primary PCI for STEMI in Europe.

His special interests include interventional cardiology (reperfusion therapy strategies, pathophysiology of acute coronary syndromes and coronary imaging) and health care management.

Gabor G. Toth (Austria)

Gabor TothDr. Gabor G. Toth is currently staff-member Interventional Cardiologist at the University Heart Centre Graz, Medical University Graz, Austria.
He graduated from the University of Szeged, Hungary in 2007 then started his training in the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Budapest. During his interventional training, he spent three years in the Cardiovascular Research Centre Aalst, Belgium, before joining the team in Austria.

He was appointed Chairman of the EAPCI New Initiatives for Young Interventionalists Committee between 2016 and 2018. During the year 2017, he also acted as Ambassador for the Stent – Save a Life! Global Initiative before transitioning recently into the role of Regional Champion to promote primary PCI for STEMI in Europe.

His special interests include interventional cardiology and coronary physiology.

The Stent Save a Life initiative aims to improve the delivery of care and patient access to the life saving indications of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI), thereby reducing mortality and morbidity in patients suffering from acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

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