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World No Tobacco Day

Posted on Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:59

Cardiovascular disease kills more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is also the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure. Despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD is low.


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SHARE TAVI ePoster, at EuroPCR

Posted on Friday, 25 May 2018 17:32

Jacques Scherman, Mpiko Ntskehe and Hellmuth Weich gathered at EuroPCR to see the SHARE TAVI ePoster, which looked at some outcomes from the registry with reference to the challenges being faced in our resource-constrained economy, and how this results in difficulty getting funding for appropriately selected potential TAVI patients, who experience a high mortality in the often lengthy funding process.


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News from the SHARE TAVI registry as presented at AfricaPCR

Posted on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 18:04

Early data suggests that both State and Private South African TAVI centres provide favourable early and mid-term outcomes, comparable to those provided in developed countries. 

TAVI should be considered an appropriate option to treat patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis in South Africa, as per the SA Heart TAVI guidelines. 

Though funding remains a major challenge for widespread and appropriate use of TAVI in resource constrained economies.

View the full presentation in PDF.


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19th Annual SA Heart congress 4- 7 October 2018, Sun City

Posted on Monday, 26 February 2018 11:20


Our congress website is now active! Visit www.saheart.org/congress2018 to register, book accommodation and learn all about scholarships for registrars. As special member benefit we have not increased early bird registration fees for ordinary and associate members and have introduced a member fellow registration rate. Keep checking for additions to outstanding international faculty and as the programme takes shape.

MSc Studentship in Cardiovascular Genetics

Posted on Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:36

Applications from suitably qualified candidates are invited for a 2-year fully-funded MSc Studentship in the Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory in the Department of Medicine, at the University of Cape Town. The MSc Studentship will fall under the umbrella of a study (PROTEA) that will be conducted on Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

Please refer to the full document attached.

Applications and enquiries should be forwarded to Dr. Gasnat Shaboodien (gasnat.shaboodien@uct.ac.za) with the subject line “MSc Studentship in CHD’ 


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Potential fellow training posts for SA citizens

Posted on Monday, 27 November 2017 13:39

The Division of Cardiology - Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital would like to advertise for potentially 2 fellow training posts for 01 January 2017.  All suitably qualified medical registrars who are interested in pursuing a career in cardiology are requested to please send me the following documentation by  Friday the 1st of December 2017. Interviews date will be communicated accordingly.


-        Z83 form (see attached)

-        CV

-        Certified copy of ID

-        Certified copy of Matric Certificate

-        Certified copy of Degree

-        Certified copy of HPCSA current year registration

-        Certified copy of your Specialist Certification with HPCSA (if you have been registered)

Submit questions and applications to:

Katekani Ramothwala


Department of Internal Medicine

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

Blue Bock

Area 551

Tel: 011 488 3654

Fax: 011 488 3537

Email: Katekani.Ramothwala@wits.ac.za


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Changes in the SA Heart® Executive and Board

Posted on Friday, 17 November 2017 15:12

After the recent election for office bearers, we welcome Dr David Jankelow as new president-elect of SA Heart®, Dr Hopewell Ntsinjana as vice president and Dr Blanche Cupido as secretary on to the executive committee of SA Heart for the next term.


While Profs Liesl Zühlke and Prof Francis Smit in their capacity of president and treasurer remain ex-officio members of the SA Heart NPC board of directors, the newly elected board members are Prof Pravin Manga, Dr Sajidah Khan and Prof Mpiko Ntsekhe.


Congratulations to all and anticipating  a productive and fulfilling year ahead. 

PASCAR Elected a new President and Governing Council

Posted on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:25

On 9 October PASCAR Elected a new President and Governing Council in Khartoum, Sudan to lead the organisation to 2021. Dr Saad Subahi welcomed his new team and thank all for their willingness to contribute and support PASCAR programs, events and projects is much appreciated and will be a key element in PASCAR’s future success.


Dr Saad Subahi (Sudan) expressed his sincere gratitude to the past members of the PASCAR Governing Council for their hard work and dedication during the previous term in office. Professor Bongani Mayosi’ continued guidance as the immediate past President will be much appreciated as well as the support of Professor Benedict Anisiuba, Professor Samuel Omokhodion, Professor Serigne Ba, Professor Johan Brink, Professor Ana Mocumbi and Dr. Awad Mohammed who have stepped down from the Governing Council.  I am certain that they will continue to play a major role through respective task forces.    


We have the pleasure of introducing below the newly elected PASCAR Governing Council (term end AGM 2021):

President: ​​Dr. Saad Subahi, Sudan
Secretary General​​​​: Professor Elijah Ogola, Kenya
Treasurer ​​​​​Professor: Amam Mbakwem, Nigeria
Immediate Past President: ​​​Professor Bongani Mayosi, South Africa
Editor Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: ​​Professor Patrick Commerford, South Africa
West Vice-President: Professor Toure Ali Ibrahim, Niger
South Vice-President: ​​​​Professor Karen Sliwa, South Africa
Central Vice-President: ​​​​Professor Anastase Dzudie, Cameroon
East Vice-President: ​​​​Dr. Harun Otieno, Kenya
West Assistant Secretary General: ​​Professor Mahmoud Sani, Nigeria
South Assistant Secretary General: ​​Professor Mpiko Ntsekhe, South Africa
Central Assistant Secretary General: ​​Dr. Marc Nimburanira, Burundi
East Assistant Secretary General: ​​Dr. Emmy Okello, Uganda
North Assistant Secretary General: ​​Dr. Anas Babiker, Sudan

Iconic landmarks turn red for World Heart Day: Friday 29 September 2017

Posted on Friday, 29 September 2017 11:00

Created and led by the World Heart Federation (WHF), World Heart Day aims to combat the rising number of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD), the world’s biggest killer, by raising awareness and promoting the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

This year, on 29 September, WHF is urging people to take action by sharing heart healthy tips and attending iconic illumination events. We can all 'share the power' and inspire our families, friends and communities around the world to make the small lifestyle changes that can make a powerful difference to heart health.

Today, CVD is responsible for claiming 17.5 million lives a year, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million.Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30-70 die prematurely from CVD, including heart disease and stroke, but the good news is that at least 80% of these premature deaths could be avoided or postponed.

To mark World Heart Day 2017, illumination events are being held at iconic venues across the world, including Table Mountain in South Africa, the Nasdaq screen in Times Square, New York, the Singapore Flyer, the Sky Tower in New Zealand and many others. For the full list of confirmed illuminations, take a look at our Worldwide Activities Map on the World Heart Day website.

Professor David Wood, Cardiologist and President of the World Heart Federation said: “We cannot underestimate the global importance of good heart health - 31% of all deaths worldwide are from CVD. World Heart Day is our chance to bring people together to tackle the world’s biggest killer and urge more people across the globe to improve their heart health. The power to change is in our hands. Making lifestyle changes such as eating more fruit and vegetables, keeping active and stopping smoking can save millions of lives.”

Members of the public can get involved by sharing their heart healthy selfies and tips using #WorldHeartDay and attendingone of the thousands of events taking place around the world (list available here). They can also see how heart smart they are using the Heart IQ test.

To make World Heart Day more powerful than ever, this year we have joined forces with Manulife (John Hancock in the USA) and Philips. With their support, we are raising awareness and encouraging individuals, families, communities and governments to take action and help us to achieve our goal of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from CVD by 2025.


Phil Witherington, Interim CEO, Manulife Asia said: "Manulife sets out to help people achieve their dreams and aspirations. A healthy life is crucial in being able to reach those goals. We have a substantial part to play in promoting good health and active living around the world, which is why we've joined forces with WHF. Over the next three years we'll be working together to raise awareness about heart health, with the goal of improving the health of our customers, employees and communities."


Selina Thurer, Business Leader for Philips said: “A leader in health technology and proud partner of the World Heart Federation, this year Philips is celebrating World Heart Day around the theme of ‘healthy eating for a healthy heart’. We believe that wholesome food and drink are the building blocks of a healthy, happy life. Day by day we are committed to empowering people to enjoy the longer-term health benefits of homemade food – such as a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese, and developing heart disease.”


To find out more about illuminations and activities near you visit: http://www.worldheartday.org/worldwide-activities.

To join in World Heart Day why not get involved on social media:

Follow: @worldheartfed  and use the hashtag #WorldHeartDay

For more information and to view the World Heart Day please visit World Heart Day website: www.worldheartday.org


Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

Posted on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:01

At the 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health, held in Singapore from 12-13 July this year, a consensus emerged among participants supporting the need for a partnership to improve coordination and collective action among international, regional and national organizations working in the field of circulatory health for our shared ambition of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from circulatory disease by 2025.

With this overall objective in mind, the World Heart Federation will form a Global Coalition for Circulatory Health open to all professional organizations with a role in prevention and control of heart attacks, strokes and other circulatory diseases.

Among the key objectives of the Global Coalition will be to:

• Enhance global advocacy for better prevention and control of heart disease and stroke by investing in collective advocacy.

• With our national members, lobby governments to develop strong and sustainable national action plans for heart disease and stroke, through initiatives such as the Global HEARTS technical package.

• Communicate with one voice through a collective call to action in the lead-up to the UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases in 2018.


Please refer to the attached report, being the dratt outcomes paper of the Summit. It will be published in full in Global Heart, the journal of WHF. At the invitation of Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, a short report will also appear in The Lancet. 


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