|Prof. Dang Van Phuoc, president of the HCM City Heart Association presents at the congress on New Trends in Management of Cardiovascular Diseases that is co-organised by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in HCM City, HCM City University Medical Centre and Harvard University Medical School on October 12 and 13 in HCM City. — VNS Photo Thu Hang
HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 500 domestic and international physicians are attending the congress on New Trends in Management of Cardiovascular Diseases that opened yesterday in HCM City.
Forty-four professors and physicians from the US, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam presented 70 reports on advances in general cardiology, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery during the two-day event.
Cardiovascular diseases account for 33 per cent of total deaths in Viet Nam, said Leonard S. Lilly, M.D., professor of medicine of Harvard Medical School.
The most prominent atherosclerotic risk factors include hypertension, cigarette smoking in males, and rising lipid levels, he said.
Aggressive risk factor intervention reduces cardiovascular events and mortality, he added.
More than half of people with hypertension are unaware that they have it, according to Prof. Dang Van Phuoc, president of the HCM City Heart Association.
Thirty-seven per cent of people with hypertension are aware of their disease but they are either not treated or are treated but not controlled, Phuoc said.
Only 11 per cent of people with hypertension are aware of their disease and are adequately treated, he said.
Anti-hypertensive therapy decreases cardiovascular events. Weight loss, low salt intake, exercise, alcohol reduction and potassium repletion are non-pharmacologic interventions which help reduce blood pressure.
More than 11 million people in Viet Nam have hypertension, he said. — VNS