Car­diac So­ci­ety to ad­dress heart is­sues in con­fer­ence

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Mal­tese Car­diac So­ci­ety will be or­ga­niz­ing an ‘Ed­u­ca­tional Sem­i­nar for the pa­tient and the pub­lic’ as part of the Mal­tese Car­diac So­ci­ety Con­fer­ence 2016.

This con­fer­ence will be ad­dressed by 12 in­ter­na­tional high-pro­file car­di­ol­o­gists. It will be of­fi­cially opened by the im­me­di­ate past Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy, Prof Fausto Pinto, as well as the Min­is­ter of Health Hon Mr Chris Fearne.

The aim of the Ed­u­ca­tional Sem­i­nar is to in­crease aware­ness on coro­nary artery dis­ease. Heart at­tacks and stroke re­main the num­ber one cause of death in Malta. Although the man­age­ment of coro­nary artery dis­ease is of the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, Malta lacks in pre­ven­tion.

The event is go­ing to be held on Sun­day, 23 Oc­to­ber 2016 in the Main Foyer of Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal be­tween 9 am and noon. It is open to all and is free of charge. It is sup­ported by the in­ter­na­tional phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany No­var­tis.

At the Main Foyer, the Malta Med­i­cal Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion (MMSA) will be as­sess­ing risk of heart at­tack by check­ing weight and body mass in­dex with an ideal weight cal­cu­la­tion, waist cir­cum­fer­ence, blood sugar, to­tal choles­terol and blood pres­sure. The Health Pro­mo­tion Unit will be on site with a stand ex­plain­ing the im­por­tance of weight con­trol, diet, ex­er­cise, smok­ing ces­sa­tion, di­a­betes, blood pres­sure and choles­terol con­trol. They will also be pro­mot­ing their var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes. The Car­diac Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Unit of the Depart­ment of Car­di­ol­ogy will be giv­ing ad­vice about pri­mary and sec­ondary pre­ven­tion and in­form­ing the pub­lic about their pro­grammes.

The Ca­theter­i­za­tion Suite at yel­low zone, level -1, where coro­nary an­giograms, stents, pace­mak­ers and valve im­plan­ta­tions (TAVIs) are per­formed, as well as the Car­diac Lab at out­pa­tients, level 1, where ex­er­cise stress tests, echocar­dio­grams, holters and blood pres­sure mon­i­tors are car­ried out, will be open to the pub­lic. Pro­fes­sional health car­ers will be on site ex­plain­ing the var­i­ous pro­ce­dures as well as demon­strat­ing the equip­ment and de­vices.

Fi­nally, pub­lic lec­tures will be de­liv­ered at the ground floor lec­ture rooms 1 and 2, op­po­site the chapel en­trance, start­ing at 11am. Dr Alex Borg, Con­sul­tant Car­di­ol­o­gist, will be talk­ing about the im­por­tance of coro­nary artery dis­ease. Dr Paula Vas­sallo, Di­rec­tor Health Pro­mo­tion Unit, will be ex­plain­ing what mea­sures can be taken to pre­vent heart at­tacks and strokes. Dr Robert G. Xuereb, Pres­i­dent of the Mal­tese Car­diac So­ci­ety and Chair­man of the Depart­ment of Car­di­ol­ogy of Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal, will ad­dress the au­di­ence on the lat­est state-of-the-art heart care at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal.

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