PASCAR Heart of Africa Taskforce
Heart failure is a common and serious problem in Africa due to rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy and poorly managed hypertension. In the past decade, several members of the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) Heart Failure Taskforce have reported substantially on this topic. The Taskforce has decided to formalise and strengthen its activities as a formal way of addressing this syndrome by targeted interventional studies.
Professor Simon Stewart, Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, recently met with members of the PASCAR Heart Failure Taskforce for a meeting in Maputo. As part of the meeting, the Taskforce decided on a strategic plan, which will as a first step encourage all like-minded individuals to become members of the Taskforce.
Whilst in Maputo, Professor Stewart also presented the outline of the PASCAR Heart of Africa book. The book will summarise the key publications (from the last decade) originating from Africa. It will also cover conditions that are particularly common to the continent such as hypertension, rheumatic heart disease, peripartum and other cardiomyopathies, tuberculous pericarditis, pulmonary hypertension and other conditions. Most of these are common precursors of heart failure.
Funding for the book has been obtained from The MacKillop Institute, and will cover the cost of 100 hard copies, as well as electronic copies.