Italy 2020: Sleep and Heart Project / Fidia Farmaceutici

Scientific Coordinators:
Prof. Claudio FERRI: Full Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of UOC Internal Medicine University 1, University of Aquila Dept. MeSVA, Aquila.
Prof. Gianfranco PARATI: Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director, School of Specialization in Cardiovascular Medicine,University of Milano-Bicocca. Scientific Director and Head of Department of Cardiovascular, Neural and Metabolic Sciences; IRCCS, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, S.Luca Hospital, Milan.

Scientific Board:
Dr. Dario ARNALDI: DINOGMI Neurological Clinic – University of Genoa – IRCCSS San Martino Hospital, Genoa.
Prof. Stefano CARUGO: Director of U.O. Cardiology and UCIC – San Paolo Hospital Milan, Full Professor of Cardiology, Università, Statale of Milan
Prof. Giovambattista DESIDERI: Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of Aquila, Director of UOC Geriatrics and Long Term Care, PO San Filippo and Nicola Avezzano and School of Specialization in Geriatrics.
Dr. Carolina LOMBARDI Sleep Disorders Center Dept. of Cardiology, San Luca. Luca Hospital, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milano Bicocca University, Milan, Italy
Dr. Martino PENGO Dept. of Cardiovascular, Neural and Metabolic Sciences IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy.

Activity: Sleep is an essential element to the body’s physical and psychological well being. Any situations negatively affecting the amount and quality of sleep over time can contribute to the development of neurological, neuropsychiatric or cardio-metabolic conditions.

The aim of this course is to explore the ripple effect of insomnia, breathing disorders and disturbance to the circadian sleep pattern on body function, leading to pathological mechanisms common to several chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

In such setting, the Sleep&Heart program aims to increase awareness on these aspects among health professionals, with the ultimate objective of enabling them to identify patients with sleep disorders or related cardio-metabolic conditions in a timely manner. Early diagnosis of sleep disorders gives physicians the opportunity to direct patients towards appropriate therapeutic pathways and, especially, improve their patients’ health outcomes.

Accordingly, the aim of the course is to train general practitioners and specialists on: a) identification of associations between sleep disorders, respiratory disorders during sleep, desynchronization of the sleep-wake rhythm and cardio-metabolic health, b) improve the diagnostic and prognostic framework of patients with insomnia affected by cardio-metabolic comorbidity, c) increase the level of therapeutic appropriateness in the management of respiratory disorders during sleep and sleep disturbances with a focus on the chronobiotic approach.

The project consists of two national training courses.

Submitted By: Fidia Farmaceutici