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Top cardiologists to take part in national congress

Update: October, 09/2014 - 21:05
14th National Congress of Cardiology is expected to receive 2,000 doctors from around the world. – Photo

DA NANG (VNS) — More than 2,000 doctors, including nearly 100 heart experts and surgeons from all over the world, will be participating in the 14th National Congress of Cardiology beginning October 11.

Pham Manh Hung, the Viet Nam's Cardiology Association (VCA) general secretary, told a press conference here on October 9 that 1,000 reports and researches on hypertension and heart surgery were scheduled for presentation at the four-day biennial conference, which ends on October 14.

Some participants will be coming from the United States, France, Japan and China while others will be coming from Singapore and Malaysia, as well as Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

The event aims to achieve an exchange of information and experiences among participants regarding updated technology on cardiology and heart surgery. It also includes free heart and hypertension check-ups for 400 ethnic minorities in Da Nang, a "Mass walk for a healthy cardiology community" and online heart surgery.

According to the VCA, an estimated 25 per cent of the Vietnamese population aged more than 25 years are suffering from hypertension, and another 20 per cent are expected to have cardiovascular diseases and hypertension by 2017.

According to Population Service International (PSI), stroke is a leading cause of death among adults in Viet Nam. A survey of the Ha Noi-based Public Health School also revealed that two-thirds of the Vietnamese population suffer from high blood pressure but are unaware of their condition. - VNS

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