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Resuming sport after Covid-19

Posted on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 10:01

The South African Sports Medicine Association has issued a statement on the implications of Covid-19 on resumption of sport in South Africa. Download their position statement for information. 


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COVID-19: Empowering doctors to flatten the curve and ensure real recovery

Posted on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 12:46

Watch this discussion with Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize, Prof Salim Karim, Prof Guy Richards and Dr David Jankelow broadcast on 24 August 2020 here


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EHJ Open – Call for Editor-in-Chief

Posted on Friday, 21 August 2020 15:47

European Heart Journal - Open (EHJ Open) is the new and upcoming Open Access journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) dedicated to the entire spectrum of cardiovascular medicine.

EHJ Open serves as a forum for the global cardiology community and publishes original papers on all aspects of cardiovascular medicine and surgery, along with reviews, clinical perspectives, and editorials about recent developments in cardiology. EHJ Open also encourages correspondence, debate and digital interaction from its readers.


The ESC seeks highly engaged and motivated candidates for the position of EHJ Open Editor-in-Chief (EiC).

For more information click here

Passing of Prof Lungile Pepeta

Posted on Saturday, 8 August 2020 09:53

With great sadness we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Professor Lungile Pepeta – Paediatric Cardiologist, former Vice-President of SA Heart® and Dean of Nelsen Mandela Faculty of Health Sciences. A gentle giant, a dedicated and paediatrician, and a wonderful family man. He loved his profession and his country. He will be sorely missed in our community.

We promise to take up the baton you have left behind for us to pick up, in your passionate quest to uplift and improve the health of our commmunities, with the resolve to never fail you. Lala ngoxolo tata Pepeta. Sithi ngxe kusapho nakwiisizwe siphela.



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Management of Cardiovascular Disease Patients With Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 in Limited Resource Settings

Posted on Thursday, 30 July 2020 14:11

In this paper, we provide recommendations on the management of cardiovascular disease among patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to facilitate the decision making of healthcare professionals in low resource settings. Access the full article published in the World Heart Federation Global Heart here

Doctors on the front lines of fighting COVID-19

Posted on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 12:43

Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach hosts Professor Guy Richards, Dr David Jankelow (SA Heart president) and Dr Phindile Gina in a fascinating webinar. Our healthcare professionals in South Africa – and across the world – are on the front line of this fight against a new enemy, placing themselves and their families at extreme risk. Watch as they provide compelling insights into their experiences of dealing with COVID-19, and the challenges involved.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 and the Cerebrovascular‐Cardiovascular Systems: What Do We Know So Far?

Posted on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:03

Based on the review of published studies, this article comments on the likeliness of COVID-19 patients experiencing acute stroke in addition to cardiac related events, resulting in poorer outcomes. With regards to cerebrovascular interaction, patients with pre-existing cerebrovascular disease are at a higher risk of worse outcomes. Furthermore, early studies revealed that acute events such as ischaemic stroke were found in almost 6% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Development of cerebrovascular disease is also more likely in patients with severe infections as opposed to those with less severe infections. Read the full AHA Journal article here 


COVID-19 in Congenital Heart Disease: Ten Points to Remember

Posted on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 15:23

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Passing of Prof Solly Levin

Posted on Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:53

It is with great sadness that we learn that Prof Solly Levin has passed away on Sunday afternoon. We wish his immediate and extended family family comfort and peace during this time of mourning. A giant of a man who loved teaching and whose knowledge knew no bounds. All paediatric cardiologists in South Africa and beyond our borders are indebted to him for his contribution to the subspeciality.

Prof Solly Levin, Paediatric cardiölogist and honorary SA Heart member died after a short illness and following the death of his wife just days ago. He will be deeply mourned. On behalf of PCSSA and all his colleagues. 

Last updated Monday, 13 July 2020 09:58

STEMI admissions during COVID-19 An ESC survey on ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) admissions during the pandemic

Posted on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:28

STEMI patient admission has dropped by more than 50% during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an extensive survey of the cardiology community. “Fear of catching the coronavirus means patients are too afraid to go to hospital for life-saving treatment. We must continue to save the lives we know how to save,” said ESC President Professor Barbara Casadei. Read the ESC STEMI paper .

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