The formal declaration of war on heart failure (HF) by the iconic Eugene Braunwald marked the spectacular culmination of the first Postgraduate Course on Heart Failure (PCHF) in October 2015. After 160 h of intense lectures, 140 h of self-study, and 8 elaborate examinations, Europe has now witnessed the graduation of the first genuine HF cardiologists trained on its soil.
The first group consisted of 59 participants from 32 countries, mainly from the European Union but also including participants from Russia, India, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. We had the privilege to be among the first PCHF graduates and would like to highlight those aspects of PCHF that make it unique.