What is A-CURE?

November 5, 2018


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 Impella, a transvalvular axial flow pump, as the means to unload the heart. Since 2015 this scientific working group meets biannually to discuss the current projects on acute cardiac unloading of individual member laboratories and gain insight and feedback from other members.1

The 1st annual A-CURE Public Symposium took place in Rome, Italy, on August 26th, 2016 and was attended by approximately 100 clinicians, scientists, and research professionals from 21 different countries.1 The 2nd annual A-CURE Public Symposium took place on August 24-25, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. The 3rd annual A-CURE Symposium took place on November 8-9, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Information about the past and future annual symposiums can be found at a-cure.org.1


  1. What is acute cardiac unloading? Accessed on 10 September 2018 at https://a-cure.org/.