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Western Cape Branch event

Posted on Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:43

The first of the four scheduled meetings of the Western Cape branch of SA heart was well attended and hopefully will set the trend for 2017.  The format of three presentations, followed by three case presentations, with ample time for discussion was well received. We would really like to extend a sincere invitation to all practitioners to actively participate in future meetings.

A great thank you to the sponsors Pharma Dynamics.


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Posted on Friday, 3 March 2017 12:01

- a course by and for the African Cardiovascular Community - to be held in Century City Conference Centre from 23 - 25 March 2017.

Programme is now availalbe.


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NEWS from WHF: Applications for Emerging Leaders 2016-2017 are now being taken.

Posted on Friday, 9 December 2016 11:42

The 2016-2017 cohort marks the fourth year of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders programme and will focus on access to essential medicines. Applications are now open until 15 January 2017.

All Emerging Leaders participants will be required to take part in online training, a five-day think tank seminar from 18 to 23 June 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, and collaborative group work based on proposals developed during the seminar with seed funding support from the World Heart Federation from meritorious applications.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application. Applications will be accepted until 15 January 2017. Announcement of 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders will take place 15 March 2017.

 For more information visit the Emerging Leaders website

Why heart disease is on the rise in South Africa

Posted on Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:24

In South Africa, 210 people die from heart disease every day. A lack of awareness around cardiovascular disease means many people go undiagnosed and untreated until it is too late. Paediatric cardiologist and President of the South African Heart Association Dr Liesl Zühlke explained the challenges around cardiovascular diseases to The Conversation Africa. Read the full article on The Conservation

World Heart Day on 29 September

Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:22

World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year and is an opportunity for people across the globe to take part in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).  

This World Heart Day our focus is on creating heart-healthy environments by ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play. World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk and promote a heart-healthy planet for all.  

The World Heart Federation, The South African Heart and Stroke Foundation and the South African Heart Association aim to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and actions, by promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, and advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting a healthy lifestyle at individual, community and policy maker level.  

In South Africa

  • Non-communicable disease (NCDs), including CVDs are estimated to account for 43% of total adult deaths in South Africa.
  • CVDs account for almost a fifth (18%) of these deaths.
  • 210 people die from heart disease every day.
  • Every hour at least 5 South Africans have a heart attack. 
  • Some of the CVD related risks factors in adults in South Africa are outlined below: - 18% of the population smoke tobacco. - 11 litres of pure alcohol is consumed per person. - 10% of individuals, 15 years and older, are pre-hypertensive. - 1 in 3 South African adults (33.7%) have hypertension which can increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or stroke. - Hypertension is worsened by poor eating habits, obesity, lack of physical activity and excessive alcohol intake. - Obesity due to nutrient-poor food and high sugar beverages is common. - Cardiac Disease in Maternity is an important contributor to maternal death beyond the standard date of reporting (42 days).   

Obesity in South Africa

  • SA has the highest rate of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 70% of women and a third of men in South Africa are classified as overweight or obese.
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 5 boys between the ages 2-14 years are overweight or obese.     

Taking action:

  • In February 2016, South Africa became the first African country to announce plans to introduce a new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. This ”sugar tax” will come into force from April 2017. This is based on data that one in five South Africans consume an excessive amount of sugar.
  • In 2013, the South African Government introduced legislation in line with targets set to reduce salt intake to less than 5g a day per person by 2020.  

Children get heart disease too:

  • Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting 8 in 1000 children.
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease is the most common acquired heart disease and can affect up to 2% of schoolchildren living in vulnerable situations. It is caused by an untreated sore throat.
  • Although both of these can be treated by early diagnosis and timely surgery, this is not available in every part of country and very few children are able to access life-saving surgery in Africa.  

Preventing CVD and promoting overall health and well-being 

  • Public health messaging:  
  • Focus on knowing “your numbers”- screen for HDL, LDL cholesterol and hypertension.
  • Live a healthy life-style: eat healthy and make smart food choices (reduce salt and sugar intake and increase fruit and vegetable consumption), engage in physical activity (30 minutes a day for 5 days a week), avoid smoking, reduce stress and emotional distress.
  • Awareness and knowledge of genetic pre-disposition (familial factors) and life stage (middle and older adult years) as risk factors for CVD onset.
  • Once diagnosed with CVD, stay on treatment, talk to the doctor, nurse and allied health practitioner.
  • Empower individuals, families and communities to pursue one goal - improve overall health and prevent CVD onset.
  • Shortness of breath in pregnancy or postpartum can be a sign of a heart problem and needs to be checked up.  




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Last updated Friday, 23 September 2016 20:41

Introducing the New President of SA Heart

Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:45

Dr Liesl Zühlke says she is very honoured to be taking over as president of SA Heart from Prof Karen Sliwa for the next two years. "I look forward to working with you all to advocate for cardiovascular disease prevention, management and control in South Africa and to represent the interests of all our members. Please find attached a letter of introduction and my vision for my tenure"


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Posted on Monday, 19 September 2016 09:25

Everyone at SA Heart would like to convey our sincere condolences to Elizabeth Schaafsma on the passing of her mother after a long but bravely borne illness.

New leadership in SA Heart

Posted on Saturday, 10 September 2016 12:32

During the AGM of SA Heart on the evening of 9 September, Dr Liesl Zühlke took over as new President of SA Heart, and Dr Lungile Pepeta became the Vice President. Prof Karen Sliwa who has led the Association through the past two years, continues in the role of Immediate Past President. Prof Smit remains our treasurer, while the chairs of the standing committees will be elected from amongst the newly elected committee members of the respective committees. During the gala celebration Prof Anton Doubell was awarded Honorary membership of SA Heart for the role he played in establishing the Association as well as leading it for a double term in the early years. He was also acknowledged for all his enthusiasm and dedication in initiating and then growing the SA Heart Journal.

Passing of Mrs Rusty Brink

Posted on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:41

It is with sadness that we at SA Heart have learnt of the passing of Mrs Rusty Brink, mother of Prof Paul Brink and widow of Prof Brink Snr.

Our sincere condolences to Prof Brink, and the family of friends of Mrs Brink.

SA Heart AGM and Nomination for office bearers

Posted on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 11:25

The SA Heart® NPC AGM will take place on Friday 9th September 2016 at 17h30 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Nomination for office bearers of the SA Heart Executive (treasurer and vice president), committee members for all four standing committees as well as directors for the SA Heart NPC board commences on 14 July 2016 and runs up noon on 12 August 2016.

Please note that only fully paid up ordinary or honorary members can nominate and be nominated for any of these posts. To check your account status, please use your email address to log in on the SA Heart membership portal in top right hand corner of this webpage and ensure you are paid up.

Voting has been made easy and effective, using online, automated application controls that ensure that valid votes are processed accurately and completely.

Please follow this link http://www.mpconsulting.co.za/client/voting/view/48 to create a profile for the nomination and voting platform and follow the instructions on this site. If you have participated in the nomination or voting process in the previous year, or any SAMA elections, your profile is already registered and you can simply log in. Login is required, clicking any other tabs on the website with this link will not take you further in the process.

Please note, when not following the link, you need to type the URL address into the URL window, not into a search engine look up field as a ‘google search’ will not bring up the correct site.

The voting process is handled independently by the Medical Practice Consulting group to ensure transparency and good governance.

Nominees that have been nominated by at least two members into any position will be asked to avail themselves for that post/s and progress into the voting phase.

Voting will commence on the same platform on 18 August 2016.

Thank you for supporting your Association by actively participating in this process.


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