The presence of 25 000 heart specialists could not prevent the death of a 46-year-old Italian cardiologist who died after collapsing at an international cardiology meeting in Vienna, reports said Monday.
The woman had been immediately reanimated after she collapsed Sunday, by one of the 25 000 doctors present at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology taking place in the Austrian capital from September 1-5.
She was flown into Vienna's general hospital for treatment. Her condition remained critical, and she died late on Sunday evening, the Austrian press agency said. Her death was caused by a congenital malformation of the heart, chief medic Reinhard Krepler said.
The ESC meeting, one of the largest medical congresses in Europe, this year had prevention of cardiovascular diseases as the focus of its talks.
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