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Posted On: 30 March 2010 05:38 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

450 top experts to attend heart conference

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The Gulf Heart Association (GHA), headquartered in Doha, will hold its eight annual cardiovascular conference from April 8, at the Doha Sheraton. The three-day conference will feature lectures in ultra-modern specialisations in the field of cardiology and cardiac surgeries. Over 1,000 participants including 450 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from around the world are expected at the event. Famous Japanese specialist Dr Shigeru Saito is expected to give lecture and operate open patients with completely blocked arteries at Hamad Hospital. “This is the first time Dr Saito will be performing in the Gulf,” GHA president and Hamad Medical Corporation’s cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery chairman Dr Hajar Ahmed Hajar al-Binali said yesterday. Dr al-Binali said the conference will include workshops focusing different sub-specialty in cardiology such as electrocardiogram, cardiac physiology, echocardiography, robotic cardiac surgery and advanced cardiac life support. “There will also be three specialised workshops for cardiology/cardiac surgery nurses as well as extensive sessions devoted for advances in diagnoses and treatment of adult and paediatric cardiac patients,” he said. The conference will also feature two research sessions on paediatric and adult cardiology and two joint sessions – one with the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. “We intend to have meetings with these international cardiac associations in order to exchange ideas and update ourselves on latest advances,” he said, adding: “We are also going to have, for the first time, an Arab cardiology forum to be conducted in Arabic on present and future of cardiac care.” Participants will be heads of Arab cardiac societies from Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and Algeria. Dr al-Binali mentioned that four pioneers in the field of cardiology within the GCC will be honoured at the opening session. GHA secretary general Dr Jassim al-Suwaidi said that the conference will have sessions by editors-in-chief of six cardiology journals. He said that five years ago, GHA started a unified coronary artery disease registry in the Gulf and Yemen and published the results of the study in leading international professional journals. “Because the first phase of the study helped in improving the care of heart attack patients in the region, the association has commissioned a second phase to be completed this year.”