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Ha Noi hosts congress of cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons

Update: November, 06/2014 - 15:36
There are about 30 cardiovascular centres in Viet Nam that perform 10,000 surgeries such as for artificial hearts and lungs, and tens of thousands of other closed cardiac, pulmonary and vascular surgeries.

HA NOI (VNS) — More than 700 health experts from 22 countries are attending the 24th Congress of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia that opened in Ha Noi today.

The experts and surgeons will exchange information about medical techniques and their experiences.

"The event is a forum where doctors, surgeons and anaesthesiologists present new research and knowledge, and trends and techniques in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases," said Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien at the opening ceremony of the four-day meet.

Tien added that the congress is a good opportunity for Vietnamese doctors to get updated information and advanced techniques, and for foreign colleagues to get to know more about the competencies of Vietnamese cardiovascular and thoracic doctors, opening up opportunities for future co-operation and development.

More than 300 scientific reports will be presented on various aspects of cardiovascular-thoracic issues, including congenital heart defects, heart valve disease and coronary heart disease, besides organ transplants, multi-vascular disease and vascular injuries, as well as rare diseases.

Cardiovascular-thoracic diseases and cancers are the leading causes of adult deaths in developing countries, including Viet Nam. There are about 30 cardiovascular centres in Viet Nam that perform 10,000 surgeries such as for artificial hearts and lungs, and tens of thousands of other closed cardiac, pulmonary and vascular surgeries. — VNS

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