With great pleasure, we provide a first insight into the Conference Programme :

Opening speech held by Prof. Dr. Erwin Oechslin, MD/GUCH, Professor of Medicine, Director Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults, Toronto General Hospital, Canada

Round table with Prof. Dr. Andreas Hoffmann, Prof. Dr. Joëlle Günthard, PD Dr. Matthias Greutmann, Dr. Dominik Stambach, and Dr. Kerstin Wustmann, all MD/GUCH Cardiologists, Switzerland

Visit of Edwards Life Science, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring with lecture on valvular heart defects held by Prof. Dr. Christine Attenhofer, MD/GUCH Cardiologist, Switzerland

Lecture on “Why I love/hate being a GUCH doctor” held by PD Dr. Matthias Greutmann and Dr. Theresa Seeliger, both MD/GUCH Cardiologists, Switzerland

Lecture on “Hurray, we are still alive” held by Dr. Noémi de Stoutz, MD, Switzerland

Lecture on "Lost GUCHs" held by Amy Verstappen, American GUCH organization, USA

Lecture on "The Challenge in our Health Care System: Turning Patients into Partners" held by Christina Fasser, Vice-President of ProRaris, Switzerland

Hearty-tables on “What I love/hate about being a GUCH”


Please note that we have the following special conference days:

  • Monday, July 21st 2014: PRESS DAY with a press conference at 4.30 p.m. to which we welcome all our sponsors and supporters as well as regional and national newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.
  • Thursday, July 24th 2014: PUBLIC DAY with programme highlights from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. for all our sponsors, donators, supporters, families and friends.


ToughHearts Conference

We are GUCHs, Grown-Ups with Congenital Heart defects. In 1999, we set up our own association in Switzerland, CUORE MATTO, which regularly organises meetings, lectures and seminars for its members who are all affected by a congenital heart defect.

At present, we have the great pleasure to be host of the EuroHearts Conference in Switzerland, the Tough Hearts Conference 2014 which started on July 20th 2014 and ended on Friday 25th 2014.

The Tough Hearts Conference 2014 takes place in Baar in the canton of Zug / Switzerland, and welcomes delegates from many different GUCH-organisations from Europe and around the world.

The Conference Programme includes interesting and informative lectures and round tables of GUCH-specialists and cardiologists, instructive workshops and exciting leisure activities. Being together with GUCHs from so many different places and backgrounds is essential and enriching for all of us.

Beside very concrete medical advice and news concerning GUCH-issues, the Tough Hearts Conference 2014 focuses on the dealing with constraints and sacrifice and the living with pain and emotional distress, all subjects which characterise a life with a congenital defect or disease. The importance of the doctor-patient-relationship and the fact that they learn from each other is also  highlighted during this conference.

In addition, the Tough Hearts Conference 2014 is a jubilee conference as it is 20 years since it has taken place for the first time and 10 years for the last time in Switzerland.








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