Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Professor Stewart attends heart failure meeting in Mauritius


Professor Simon Stewart, Institute Director, recently met with the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) in Maputo for a Heart Failure Task Force meeting. The meeting highlighted that heart failure is a common and serious problem in Africa due to rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy and poorly managed hypertension.

Professor Karen Sliwa (Hatter Institute, University of Cape Town) provided an overview of the activities of the PASCAR Heart Failure Task Force group over the past 2 years, and gave feedback from their meetings in Maputo, Mozambique, in March 2014 and March 2015. Professor Silwa also discussed the lecture series held in Maputo, covering data from the THESUS acute heart failure cohort study, atrial fibrillation, heart failure in the young, and heart failure occurring in pregnancy.

Professor Stewart presented the recently finalised PASCAR Heart of Africa book, which summarises key publications (from the last decade) originating from Africa. The book covers 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.

The team also discussed the next project, ‘The African Heart Failure Management study’ which aims to investigate a nurse-led and SMS-supported approach versus standard care in patients discharged from hospital with the diagnosis of heart failure.

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