Prof. Karen Sliwa (South Africa), Prof. Albertino Damasceno (Eduardo Modlane University, Maputo, Mozambique), Dr Peter Zartner (Germany) and Prof. Ana Mocumbi (Ministry of Health, Maputo, Mozambique) were invited to give lectures at an educational workshop, held on 9th April at the Cardoso Hotel, Maputo.
The Heart Failure Society of South Africa (HeFSSA) worked diligently during this year to ensure that we successfully achieved the goals that we set for the society for 2013: To continue to provide value to the SA Heart Association, colleagues, industry and to our patients and to acknowledge our responsibility towards the communities in which we practice and our sponsors.
Publications relevant to managing heart failure in Africa.
Much of the global burden of disease is now carried by low- and middle-income countries. In addition Africa has unique cardiovascular diseases that occur more commonly in Africans. Examples are peripartum cardiomyopathy, endomyocardial fibrosis and subvalvular aneurysm. Patients often present only in advanced heart failure because of poor access to good healthcare.
As previously reported, Dr Martin Mpe and the HeFSSA Exco have embarked on the mammoth task of updating the HF guidelines. The aim is to use the ESC Guidelines as basis en then produce an Executive summary from a South-African perspective without losing the core of the ESC guidelines.
Global hypertension and preventing hypertensive heart failure
Case presentation 1: A morbidly obese but nonsmoking and nondiabetic 44-year-old African woman (body mass index, 41kg/m2) presents with exertional dyspnea to a primary healthcare clinic in Soweto, adjacent to Johannesburg, South Africa. She seeks medical attention for the first time. [Download PDF]
The Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and the Uganda Heart Association convened for the third multidisciplinary conference on heart disease, diabetes, and stroke in Africa in Kampala, Uganda on 27 - 30 May 2011. Prof Karen Sliwa attended this meeting as one of the faculty members. The congress was very well organized and well attended by cardiologists from Africa, USA, Australia and Europe. Several lectures related to diagnosis and management of heart failure was presented at the meeting.
There are wide variations in the management of heart failure, both within and between countries. Whereas these have been documented to some extent in Western countries, there are no data on cardiologist's awareness and perception of heart failure management in developing countries, in which heart failure is or soon will be of major importance. This survey aims to describe the diagnosis, different forms of care and the treatment of heart failure across a wide variety of countries by cardiologists and other specialists who manage heart failure patients.
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