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Heart disease is major cause of adolescent death

Update: October, 26/2015 - 17:28
The death rate due to heart disease accounts for 30 per cent of total deaths caused by non-transmitted diseases. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The death rate due to heart disease accounts for 30 per cent of total deaths caused by non-transmitted diseases.

These statistics were released at the Viet Nam National Congress of Interventional Cardiology held by the Health Ministry and Interventional Cardiology Association Branch yesterday in Ha Noi.

Cardio diseases and cancers are among the major causes of death in adolescence. Non-transmitted diseases cause 72 per cent of deaths every year in Viet Nam, while 30 per cent of deaths are caused by cardio diseases.

Most of the deaths were attributed to the lack of timely intervention, according to the congress.

Myocardial infarction, which were rare 30 years ago, are becoming widespread in hospitals nationwide. Interventional cardiology, thus, has been a key branch of Viet Nam's cardiology programmes.

Thanks to advanced technology applications, interventional cardiology has developed from a diagnostic branch into an advanced association branch with modern techniques.

Many Vietnamese doctors in this branch of medicine were invited to perform knowledge transfers of techniques, demonstrate operations and lecture in many countries.

Satellite hospital programmes which allowed central hospitals to transfer techniques to provincial hospitals helped to raise the number of interventional cardiology units to 50 nationwide and helped facilitate the treatment of patients in local hospitals, easing the burden on central hospitals and helping to increase the patients' confidence in local hospitals, the Health Ministry said.

Live demonstrations were carried out at the congress, including peripheral artery intervention, coronary artery divided intervention and the use of 3D techniques for treating an erratic heart rhythm.

The congress, the fourth of its kind, saw participation from some 3,000 local and foreign health workers and experts and attracted 130 reports from a forum for doctors to share and update each other on the latest techniques used by the international community.

The technique of using a cannula for interventional artery surgery won first prize in the Viet Nam Talent hunt for the medical sector in 2010. — VNS

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