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Medical Device Code of Ethical Marketing and Business Practice

Posted on Monday, 24 July 2017 16:30

The South African Medical Device Industry Association (SAMED) has presented the new Code of Ethical Marketing and Business Practice in Johannesburg recently. 

From the SAMED email ciruclar: 


Download the Code or visit http://www.samed.org.za/Codes-of-Practice.aspx 


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‘Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease’ Resolution recommended by WHO Executive Board

Posted on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:54

RHD Action and our allies have campaigned for years to secure a global commitment on RHD. We launched the #TimeToTackleRHD campaign to collaborate with partners around the world to demand that governments and the World Health Organization act on this preventable disease. 

Today, on 01 June 2017, this work has borne fruit. This afternoon in Geneva, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization recommended a Resolution on ‘Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease’ for adoption at the 2018 World Health Assembly. 

This historic decision came after intense diplomatic negotiation and marks the first time that RHD has been recognised as a global health priority on the world stage.

Once adopted by the full World Health Assembly after further discussions in May next year, the Resolution will stand as the first global commitment on RHD to be endorsed by all governments. It will be a high-level global policy that demands national and international decision-makers to take action to prioritise and fund RHD prevention and control in all endemic settings. 

Until then, RHD Action will continue our tireless advocacy to keep RHD at the top of the global health agenda.

(From RHD Action news circular)

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

Posted on Friday, 26 May 2017 10:12

On Wednesday evening, the World Heart Federation was pleased to learn that Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General. Dr Tedros, as he is known, will be the first Director-General from the African region and the first to be elected following a transparent and competitive process. His term will last last five years, beginning on 01 July 2017.

Dr Tedros is a global health veteran, having served as Minister of Health of Ethiopia from 2005-2012, and then as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012-2016. The World Heart Federation has written Dr Tedros a letter of congratulations, in which we implore the incoming Director-General to prioritize CVD and NCDs on the global health agenda, and develop deeper partnerships with civil society organizations.

(Copied from the WHF newsletter, for more information click here

Introduction of MitraClip in South Africa

Posted on Monday, 15 May 2017 11:25

SA Heart® would like to inform cardiac practitioners about Baroque Medical's introduction of MitraClip in South Africa.

Details are in the attached letter from Baroque Medical. 

For queries please contact Jeff Hampton jeff@baroque.co.za from Baroque Medical directly.


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Sudden Passing of Dr Gcina Dumani

Posted on Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:23

It is with great sadness that we announce the news of passing away of Dr Gcina Dumani after a short illness. 

He is survived by his father, three sisters, two brothers and three daughters and friends and co-workers who will miss him dearly.

The Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa and SA Heart® send heartfelt condolences to the family. 


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Western Cape Branch event

Posted on Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:43

The first of the four scheduled meetings of the Western Cape branch of SA heart was well attended and hopefully will set the trend for 2017.  The format of three presentations, followed by three case presentations, with ample time for discussion was well received. We would really like to extend a sincere invitation to all practitioners to actively participate in future meetings.

A great thank you to the sponsors Pharma Dynamics.


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Posted on Friday, 3 March 2017 12:01

- a course by and for the African Cardiovascular Community - to be held in Century City Conference Centre from 23 - 25 March 2017.

Programme is now availalbe.


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NEWS from WHF: Applications for Emerging Leaders 2016-2017 are now being taken.

Posted on Friday, 9 December 2016 11:42

The 2016-2017 cohort marks the fourth year of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders programme and will focus on access to essential medicines. Applications are now open until 15 January 2017.

All Emerging Leaders participants will be required to take part in online training, a five-day think tank seminar from 18 to 23 June 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, and collaborative group work based on proposals developed during the seminar with seed funding support from the World Heart Federation from meritorious applications.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application. Applications will be accepted until 15 January 2017. Announcement of 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders will take place 15 March 2017.

 For more information visit the Emerging Leaders website

Why heart disease is on the rise in South Africa

Posted on Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:24

In South Africa, 210 people die from heart disease every day. A lack of awareness around cardiovascular disease means many people go undiagnosed and untreated until it is too late. Paediatric cardiologist and President of the South African Heart Association Dr Liesl Zühlke explained the challenges around cardiovascular diseases to The Conversation Africa. Read the full article on The Conservation

World Heart Day on 29 September

Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:22

World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year and is an opportunity for people across the globe to take part in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).  

This World Heart Day our focus is on creating heart-healthy environments by ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play. World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk and promote a heart-healthy planet for all.  

The World Heart Federation, The South African Heart and Stroke Foundation and the South African Heart Association aim to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and actions, by promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, and advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting a healthy lifestyle at individual, community and policy maker level.  

In South Africa

  • Non-communicable disease (NCDs), including CVDs are estimated to account for 43% of total adult deaths in South Africa.
  • CVDs account for almost a fifth (18%) of these deaths.
  • 210 people die from heart disease every day.
  • Every hour at least 5 South Africans have a heart attack. 
  • Some of the CVD related risks factors in adults in South Africa are outlined below: - 18% of the population smoke tobacco. - 11 litres of pure alcohol is consumed per person. - 10% of individuals, 15 years and older, are pre-hypertensive. - 1 in 3 South African adults (33.7%) have hypertension which can increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or stroke. - Hypertension is worsened by poor eating habits, obesity, lack of physical activity and excessive alcohol intake. - Obesity due to nutrient-poor food and high sugar beverages is common. - Cardiac Disease in Maternity is an important contributor to maternal death beyond the standard date of reporting (42 days).   

Obesity in South Africa

  • SA has the highest rate of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 70% of women and a third of men in South Africa are classified as overweight or obese.
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 5 boys between the ages 2-14 years are overweight or obese.     

Taking action:

  • In February 2016, South Africa became the first African country to announce plans to introduce a new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. This ”sugar tax” will come into force from April 2017. This is based on data that one in five South Africans consume an excessive amount of sugar.
  • In 2013, the South African Government introduced legislation in line with targets set to reduce salt intake to less than 5g a day per person by 2020.  

Children get heart disease too:

  • Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting 8 in 1000 children.
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease is the most common acquired heart disease and can affect up to 2% of schoolchildren living in vulnerable situations. It is caused by an untreated sore throat.
  • Although both of these can be treated by early diagnosis and timely surgery, this is not available in every part of country and very few children are able to access life-saving surgery in Africa.  

Preventing CVD and promoting overall health and well-being 

  • Public health messaging:  
  • Focus on knowing “your numbers”- screen for HDL, LDL cholesterol and hypertension.
  • Live a healthy life-style: eat healthy and make smart food choices (reduce salt and sugar intake and increase fruit and vegetable consumption), engage in physical activity (30 minutes a day for 5 days a week), avoid smoking, reduce stress and emotional distress.
  • Awareness and knowledge of genetic pre-disposition (familial factors) and life stage (middle and older adult years) as risk factors for CVD onset.
  • Once diagnosed with CVD, stay on treatment, talk to the doctor, nurse and allied health practitioner.
  • Empower individuals, families and communities to pursue one goal - improve overall health and prevent CVD onset.
  • Shortness of breath in pregnancy or postpartum can be a sign of a heart problem and needs to be checked up.  




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