2019 Meeting of Minds

**CORONA VIRUS**
The Meeting of Minds is extremely important to us all but the health and well-being of everyone involved must always take priority.


As a sensible precaution INOCA International will not be finalising the date for the next Meeting of Minds until the Corona virus situation is under control.


INOCA International will continue to work behind the scenes raising awareness and furthering education in CAS and CMVD. We will also continue to work on the plans for the Meeting of Minds so it will be the best it can be when the date is finalised.


Please stay safe and stay well everyone.


From all at INOCA International.

An Update on Angina Pectoris and Coronary Artery Spasm

Understanding “Macros” and “Micros”


Thank you so much to all those who attended the 2019 Meeting of Minds and to all those who watched via livestream. The meeting was a HUGE success! Videos of the presentations can be found on the Video Presentations section of this website.


We are delighted to share with you the programme from the 2019 Meeting of Minds below. The 2019 meeting of minds was held on the 16th September at The Dorchester, London.




Our Speakers, Panel Hosts, Discussants and Session Charis, In alphabetical order include –

Professor Colin Berry

Professor Paolo Camici

Professor Filippo Crea

Professor Peter Collins

Professor Juan-Carlos Kaski

Professor Thomas Lüscher

Dr Puja K Mehta wit Barbara A Fleeman (Interview specially pre-recorded for the meeting)

Professor Noel Bairey Merz (Presentation specially pre-recorded for the meeting)

Dr Haseeb Rahman

Professor Giuseppe Rosana

Dr Paul Sainsbury

Dr Rajan Sharma

The 2019 Meeting of Minds – ‘An Update On Angina Pectoris and Coronary Artery Spasm – Understanding “Macros” and “Micros”‘ was approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 6 category 1 external CPD credits.

We were pleased to welcome expert speakers and distinguished guests from the UK, Europe and the USA to this our inaugural event and are both honoured and delighted to announce that the Principal Speaker for the 2019 Meeting of Minds was

Professor Juan-Carlos Kaski
DSc,MD,DM (Hons), FRCP, FRSM,FESC,FACC,FAHA
Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Immediate
Past-Director of the Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Research Institute,
St George’s, University of London.

The 2019 Meeting of Minds brought together; leading Cardiologists, Academics, Researchers, Clinicians, Medical Professionals and Patients to share and exchange knowledge and information, to further understanding, to inform research and to discuss and try to address unmet needs in Coronary Artery Spasm, Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction, Microvascular Angina and Tako Tsubo.

The 2019 Meeting of Minds aimed to;

PROVIDE a forum to share knowledge and information about CAS and CMVD.

OUTLINE current diagnostic and treatment options – advantages/disadvantages.

ABOLISH myths and out-dated beliefs.

HIGHLIGHT the difficulties patients experience in recognition, diagnosis and treatment.

ACKNOWLEDGE the Impact on Patient Quality of Life.

ENCOURAGE patient-centred treatment and care in the healthcare setting.

INFORM and encourage an effective Healthcare Protocol for A&E acute admissions.

IDENTIFY unmet needs for CAS and CMVD patients.

PRESENT new research findings.

OFFER an opportunity for interactive learning via Q&A sessions, Expert panel discussions and ‘Ask the Doctor’ session.

The Message of the Meeting;

To Improve recognition, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment.  

To encourage research re tailored medication and new diagnostic testing.

To urgently update education and training in the healthcare setting.

To create/improve effective A&E Protocols for acute presentations of CAS/CMVD.

To encourage care via a multidisciplinary team to include both the patient and the GP.


The 2019 Meeting of Minds was endorsed by The Angina Awareness Initiative of the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy.


PATIENTS raised funds to support the meeting and to ensure that all costs and expenses relating to the meeting were covered. The speakers were not associated with the GoFundMe page in any way (and did not request it). This was a patient group initiative to ensure the September Meeting was the best it could possibly be for everyone attending.  

INOCA International would like to sincerely thank the 88 people across the world who so very kindly donated to the fundraiser and would also like to thank all those who were unable to contribute but who so very kindly supported both the meeting and the team.


The Steering Group has met and has approved the accounts for the 2019 Meeting of Minds. 

The estimated total value of the 2019 Meeting of Minds was just under £107,000 (a very conservative estimate).

We are delighted to report that due to good will and fiscal management, the team brought the meeting in at a very much reduced total cost of £12,334.82 with a closing nil balance. 

INOCA International would like to sincerely thank all those who very generously supported the 2019 Meeting of Minds.