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We congratulate our members who have received Honorary Membership at the AGM in October.

Posted on Monday, 2 December 2019 16:06

Prof Solly Levine and Pat Commerford have been nominated by a number of members for this honour and after due consideration the Board agreed to award this to them.

The Board has also agreed to bestow Honorary SA Heart Membership to all past presidents of SA Heart® in recognition of the work they have done for and time invested in the society. This special cohort of past-president Honorary members of SA Heart® is invited to remain actively involved with a special project they identify post their term, and/or with supporting the current leadership with advice, time and guidance.

The certificates were handed over during the AGM. Here you can see (from left to right) Mrs Laurel Wozhele-Muparadzi and Dr David Janekelow (President SA Heart) with some of the awardees, Dr Len Steingo, Prof Liesl Zühlke, Prof Karen Sliwa and Dr Adriaan Snyders. 



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Final date to register online for PASCAR/SA Heart/AfricaPCR congress is 13 October 2019

Posted on Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:11

For more information, the programme and to register visit www.saheart.org/congress2019 

#saheart2019 #saheartforyou


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Cardiovascular medicine and research in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and opportunities

Posted on Friday, 27 September 2019 08:31

A comment published in the Nature Reviews Cardiology .

Africa is witnessing an epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD), with staggering morbidity and mortality. The spectrum of CVD includes hypertension, rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerotic disease, congenital heart disease and tuberculous pericarditis. Opportunities exist to alter the trajectory of CVD epidemiology but require committed policy makers, functional health systems and an engaged citizenry





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September is Heart Month!

Posted on Thursday, 12 September 2019 19:50

Celebrate by joining the second World Heart Day Walk and Fun Run organised by the cardiology department of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

Johannesburg, 27 September at 7h00 WITS East Campus. 


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PASCAR / SA Heart / AfricaPCR Congress - pre-congress workshops

Posted on Thursday, 15 August 2019 09:38


Our annual congress has a variety of pre-congress workshops to choose from. 


Follow this link to register for the congress or any pre-congress workshop.




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Rheumatic Fever Week

Posted on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 13:09

The first full week of August marks "Rheumatic Fever Week" in South Africa every year, with the intention of raising awareness of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease throughout the country.

Learn more with these infographics










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SA Heart® welcomes Mr Francois Jacobus (Jaco) Joubert as the new device industry representative

Posted on Monday, 5 August 2019 21:12

 on its committees. SAMED nominated Jaco as successor to Mr Rob Millar who held this post for several years, after Rob resigned from working in industry.

With qualifications and a background in pharmacy and drug therapy, Jaco moved to marketing and financial and business management and joined the medical industry some 19 years ago. He held leading positions in a number of well-known companies. Jaco is currently the country manager for Edwards Lifesciences.


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The latest SA Heart Journal, volume 16 (2) is now online.

Posted on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:04

In his editorial Prof Ntusi discusses Integrity in science and scientific writing and accountability of individual authors. A contribution from the Editors’ Network of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) then also  provides commentary on accountability of authors.They indicate that authorship confers credit and important academic rewards, but also argue that authorship requires responsibility and accountability.

Capistrant and colleagues explored whether there was a difference in the determinants of hypertension prevalence, diagnosis and control in individuals aged 50 years and above between South Africa and Ghana, and found that South Africans had higher age-standardised prevalence rates for hypertension. The main determinants of the prevalence of elevated blood pressure included rural residence, educational attainment, bodyweight and income.

Russel and co-authors studied the utility of admission bloodglucose for predicting major adverse events in hospital and 6 months post-discharge in acute myocardial infarction patients in a single-centre study from Durban.

Dellar et al explored the levels of knowledge on cardiovascular disease (CVD) in HIV-infected South African surgical patients attending a public hospital and found that the level of knowledge on CVD in publicsector surgical patients infected with HIV was poor. The authors suggest health promotion targeting CVD in HIV-infected South African patients.

Weich et al describe the first case of transcatheter aortic valve prosthesis implanted intoa calcified native mitralannulus (TAV-in-MAC) in South Africa. This is now a viable treatment option for mitral valve replacement in patients with severe annular calcification who cannot under go mitral valve replacement surgery.

Fan and colleagues present a rare case of extensive Stanford Type Aaortic dissection extending from the ascending aorta superiorly to the carotids and inferiorly to the infra-renalabdominal aorta in a 34-year-old male with history of hypertension and tobacco use. The patient presented withacute chest pain, dyspnoea, slurred speech and altered mental status. The authors review the efficacy of imaging using computed tomography in this clinical entity and remind us of the seriousness of aortic dissection.

Drs Greyling and Potts present a case of atrial flutter ablation through the azygous continuation in a patient with mirror image dextrocardia and interrupted venaca vain the Image in Cardiology section.

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3 days left to submit abstracts to the PASCAR/ SA Heart/ Africa PCR congress

Posted on Thursday, 4 July 2019 14:59

The deadline to sumbit abstracts for the PASCAR/SA Heart/ AfricaPCR/ AHN / CMR congress is 7 July 2019.

Submit your abstract online and don't forget to register

For the provisional programme click here



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PASCAR congress jointly hosted with the SA Heart and AfricaPCR congresses and AHN and CMR meetings

Posted on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:34

Registration, abstract submission and call for cases are now open for our joint PASCAR/SA Heart/AfricaPCR/AHN/CMR congress held in Sandton from 30 October – 3 November 2019.



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