The Heart Failure Society of South Africa (HeFSSA) is the first of its kind in Africa. HeFSSA was formed in 2005 under its parent body, the South African Heart Association (SAHA).

HeFSSA’s mission is to promote research and collaboration on heart failure matters in South Africa and around the world.

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Chronic Heart Failure Guideline 2013

Heart Failure Society of South Africa (HeFSSA) perspective on the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2012 chronic heart failure guideline.

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Sep 15, 2014

News release for HeFFSA members: August 15, 2014

In addition to the comprehensive programme at the 2014 SA Heart Congress, there will also be a special track on heart failure.




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Sep 1, 2014
Although we are in the midst of the cold winter, I am proud to report that the HeFSSA programmes are creating warmth as we move closer to the beginning of the first of the 16 Practitioner meetings that start in July. This programme is now in its 5th year and has been generously sponsored by our corporate supporters:  AstraZeneca, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Pharma Dynamics and Servier. The theme for 2014 is Acute Heart Failure. The case based talks for this year’s programme were compiled by the HeFSSA exco, Drs Eric Klug, Martin Mpe, Darryl Smith and Jens Hitzeroth.
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Aug 26, 2014

Prof. Karen Sliwa (South Africa) and Dr. Simon Beshir (Namibia) were invited to give lectures at an educational workshop organized by Heffsa and supported by Pharma Dynamics, held on Saturday 16th August in Windhoek, Namibia.  

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Aug 12, 2014
News release for SA Heart Congress
August 8, 2014
Special interest areas at SA Heart Congress 2014
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Dr B Vezi
Dr C Badenhorst
Dr D Kettles
Dr D Pretorius
Dr D Smith
Dr E Klug
Dr E Maree
Dr J Benjamin
Dr J Hitzeroth
Dr JA Lochner
Dr K Govender
Dr M Makotoko
Dr M Milela
Dr M Mpe
Dr N van der Merwe
Dr P Obel
Dr R Dawood
Dr R Jardine
Dr S Beshir
Dr S Blake
Dr T Lachman
Dr UR Hahnle
Dr W Lubbe
Prof AS Mitha
Prof H Theron
Prof K Sliwa
Prof P Commerford



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The Heart Failure Society of South Africa invites health care professionals to join the society today!

Please read about eligibility and the fees and benefits associated with HeFSSA membership. Ordinary and associate members of HeFSSA have to be ordinary or associate members of the South African Heart Association (SA Heart). However, international members do not have to be members of SA Heart.

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News around the world

Marriage Troubles May Cause Heart Disease - U.S. News & World Report

Nov, 21 2014

Statshot: Demographics, Heart Disease and iPhone Games - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Nov, 21 2014

CDC: Overall heart disease death rate fell, increased in certain subtypes - Healio

Nov, 22 2014

Automatic feed of trending news in heart disease on the web – does not necessarily reflect the opinion of HeFSSA