CPSP has so far trained 500 Fellows in Cardiology-Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal

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400 Postgraduates are currently under training at 34 institutions

CPSP has so far trained 500 Fellows in
Cardiology - Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal

Serve the poor and stop blaming Government
for everything - Prof Farid Zafar

FAISALABAD: College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan has so far trained five hundred Fellows in Cardiology and four hundred more postgraduates are currently under training at thirty four institutions. This was stated by Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal Senior Vice President of CPSP while inaugurating the CARDIO CON 2016 organized by Pakistan Cardiac Society here on November 25th 2016. He further stated that CPSP has so far trained ten thousand healthcare professionals in Basic Life Support and three thousand doctors in ACLS. Three hundred residents are also getting training in UK for two years as part of Medical Training Initiative undertaken with Royal Colleges of UK. CPSP has currently Fellowship programme in seventy three specialties and sub-specialties. We have also introduced innovation in monitoring to ensure quality training, he added.

Prof. Sardar Farid Al-Zafar Principal of Punjab Medical College in his speech said that illiteracy and population explosion were the two most important problems we are facing. We the doctors are privileged and we have to accept this challenge. Let us serve the poor and stop blaming Government for everything. It is being discussed that angiography should be made mandatory in high risk patients. He laid emphasis on changing life style, stop taking unhealthy diet which is known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Department of preventive cardiology, he said,  should be established. We also need to set up Filter Clinics before the patients come to the tertiary healthcare facilities and we also need to work in the poor community. With the help of World Bank, we are planning to establish Filter Clinics where basic investigations will also be available. Universities are supposed to create knowledge and produce safe doctors. In view of the disease burden, we need more cardiologists, more cardiac centers. He urged the Pakistani doctors settled in USA to help create some training slots for Pakistani doctors and also help the students of Punjab Medical College to do some electives there.

Prof. Anjum Jalal Executive Director of Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology addressing the participants said that we need to ensure collaboration between the cardiologist and cardiac surgeons as future is in collaboration. I do not hate stents, devices. Stem cell therapy has offered lot of hope and opportunities and every day lot of  advances are being made in treatment of cardiovascular diseases. However, burden of disease is increasing, hence it is essential that we give importance to preventive cardiology otherwise even putting in more stents and interventional procedures are not going to make any difference.

Dr. Manzoor Ahmad President of Association of Pakistani Descent Cardiologists of North America (APCNA) speaking at the occasion said he was happy to note that primary angioplasty has started at FIC and at other centers. There are forty thousand members of American College of Cardiology and their biggest contribution is preparing the Guidelines in collaboration with American Heart Association based on evidence based medicine.  APPNA is a charitable organization and it runs free clinics in various cities. He also pointed out that the lumen size of our coronary was small as compared to the West.

Prof. M. Ashraf from University of Illinois, USA made a presentation on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell for Repair of Failing Heart. Almost one billion cells, he said, are dead with myocardial infarction in minutes and heart becomes scarred tissue and no drug can improve it.  Stem cells can be used in cardiac repair. He then discussed the principles of stem cell therapy and showed how green cells are grown in infarct area, cell patches for cardiac repair.  It is important to find out if the patch cells will start growing in infracted area.  There are some ethical problems and teratoma formation.  He also referred to clinical trials in a dish whereby genetic disease can be corrected.  Cell therapy, he said, has bright future for infracted myocardium.

Prof. Abid Ameen President of Pakistan Cardiac Society in his address said that cardiovascular disease has become an epidemic. We are still faced with the problem of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease but in view of the cardiovascular diseases being seen in early age, RF–RHD has gone in the background. It is still a major problem. He commended the collaboration between ACC and Pakistan Cardiac Society and hoped that it will make available online training facilities to our fellows in training.

Earlier Prof. Naeem Aslam Chairman of the organizing committee of CARDIO CON 2016 highlighted the burden of AMI, IHD. Heavy traffic and airports pollution, he said, are known to be some of the new risk factors. Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology he stated has a busy teaching and training programme in cardiology. Department of cardiology at Allied Hospital needs some uplift and improvement. In fact we need to develop it into a Cardiac Institute. We had three pre-conference workshops and this conference is credited with eighteen CME Credit Hours by University of Health Sciences, he added. Prof. Iqrar Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture Faisalabad was also invited to the inaugural session as Guest of Honour but he was not invited to speak on this occasion.

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