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Guidelines aim to present all the relevant evidence on a particular clinical issue in order to help physicians to weigh the benefits and risks of a particular diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. They should be helpful in everyday clinical medical decision-making

SA Heart® subscribes to the guidelines issued by the European Society of Cardiology. The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines can be viewed and downloaded from the ESC website guidelines page. You can also download an app to view the pocket guidelines together with interactive tools (algorithms, calculators, charts, scores...) from this site. 

SA Heart® publishes position papers or commentary on guidelines for local circumstances where appropriate. 

 

Position Statement Prevention of Infective Endocarditis Before Dental Procedures
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Guideline: Diet for prevention of cardiovascular disease
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Guideline: Bridgepoint CTO
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Position Statement: Renal denervation
The SA Heart® - Hypertension Society update on renal denervation.
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Guideline: South African Dyslipidaemia
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Guideline: Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes
This guideline describes the recognition and management of unstable angina (UA) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). These are two of the three components of the acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
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Guideline: Cardiac imaging with Cardiac CT and MRI
The rapid advance in the field of cardiac imaging has necessitated guidelines for the performance and interpretation of these newer imaging modalities.
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Guideline: Paediatric echocardiography in South Africa
This document provides guidelines for standards of practice in paediatric transthoracic echocardiography in South Africa. Paediatric echocardiography is not a substitute for a proper clinical opinion and such studies are best performed as part of an assessment by a paediatric cardiologist.
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Guideline: Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
The South African Heart Association (SA Heart®) together with two of its special interest groups, SASCI and SCTSSA represent the scientific, educational, socioeconomic, ethical and professional interests of South African cardiac specialists, with a combined membership of over 200 members. We are the only national organisations exclusively representing practising cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.
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Accredited Training Units
Cardiology Training is offered only at universities with linked medical schools and training hospitals in South Africa. Limited training positions are available, according to government allocations in the respective provinces. 
In order to start the three year specialization course in cardiology, one has to be a qualified physician. Please apply directly to the respective heads of departments for a training post.
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Guideline: Cardiology Training
Cardiology Training follows strict guidelines. A logbook must be kept to prove proficiency in techniques, and a prescribed minimum number of each different procedure performed must be recorded. 
The College of Medicine is responsible for conducting the qualifying examination at the end of the three year course. 
You can find the cardiology syllabus and logbook requirements here.
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Treatment of Myorcardial Revascurlarisation - DES
The introduction of new technology is a constant in modern medicine. While authorities in the U.S.A. and European Union, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Conformite Europeenne (CE) provide regulatory clearance on safety and effectiveness, practising medical practitioners may require scientific evidence on net health outcomes before offering new procedures to their patients. 
SASCI as an official Special Interest Group of the South African Heart Association subscribe to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines. The ESC guidelines are regularly updated to include the latest appropriate Evidence Based Medicine but local guidance (comment) is...Read more

Guideline: EHRA Consensus
Antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation associated with valvular heart disease: a joint consensus document from the European Heart RhythmAssociation (EHRA) and
European Society of CardiologyWorking Group on Thrombosis, endorsed by the ESC Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease, Cardiac Arrhythmia Society of Southern
Africa (CASSA), Heart RhythmSociety (HRS), Asia Pacific Heart RhythmSociety (APHRS), South African Heart (SA Heart) Association and Sociedad Latinoamericana de
Estimulacion Cardiaca y Electrofisiologo─▒a (SOLEACE).
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