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Whither Pakistan
Cardiac Society?

ISLAMABAD: Whatever happened at the General Body meeting of the Pakistan Cardiac Society and how its proceedings were conducted must have put to shame all members of this august body. A much better performance is expected from this elite of the medical profession but what happened was in a very bad taste hence less said the better.
Why some people are so keen to get elected to various offices? Do they have any urge to serve the members or the public at large or do they have their own personal agenda? Does it enhance their black mailing and coercing powers to extract more favours from the Pharma trade and industry who are in a vulnerable position? Let all professional specialty organizations learn some lessons from the CPSP which has a history of holding transparent elections with the result that it not only enjoy respect but also credibility at national and international level.

Dr. Fazal Ghani invited as
Examiner by RCS Glasgow

PESHAWAR: Dr. Fazal Ghani, Head of Department of Prosthodontics, Khyber College of Dentistry proceeds to UK as Examiner for conducting the FRCS Dentistry examinations of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow in Scotland UK. Dr. Ghani is currently working as Associate Professor and Head of Department of Prosthodontics, & Director of Research and Development at Khyber College of Dentistry Peshawar.
Dr. Ghani is also the Immediate Past President of the Pakistan Prosthodontics Association (PPA) and the Founder Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Pakistan Prosthodontics Association (JPPA).

CPSP Charter Day Celebrations
on May 19-21st 2014

KARACHI: College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan is holding its Charter Day Celebrations from May 19-21st 2014. It includes CME and CPD programme launch in the morning of May 19th followed by CPSP Convocation at 7.00 PM. On May 20th there will be Medical Education Conference which has its theme “Developing Human Resource for Comprehensive Healthcare.
Conference on Reproductive Health will be held on May 21st from 9.00 AM to 4.30 PM. Its theme is Maternal and Neonatal Health-Trends, Issues, Priorities and Strategies. Workshop on Assessment of Competencies in Postgraduate Medical Education will be held the same day. Registration is mandatory for all events except CME launch ceremony. CPSP administration has made special arrangements for those who cannot come to Karachi to attend these celebrations to witness this at respective Regional Centers through video link.

Too many healthy women
are taking statins

“Medical guidelines issued late last year may double the number of Americans who are told to take” statins. However, those “recommendations don’t distinguish patients by gender, and a small, increasingly vocal group of cardiologists believe that’s a mistake.” Some believe that“ far too many healthy women are taking statins, though some research indicates the” medications “will do them little good and may be more likely to cause serious side effects in women.”

 ACC President-Elect Answers
10 Questions on Healthcare

Kim A. Williams Sr., MD, President-elect of the American College of Cardiology, answered some questions about healthcare. When asked “What is the most rewarding aspect of being a doctor?” Dr. Williams said, “The most important aspect has to be the interaction with patients, the opportunity to do what we do best in cardiology, a 50% decrease in mortality over the last several decades. We actually can have an impact with everything that we do – whether it’s guideline-driven medications, diagnostic testing, revascularization, primary or secondary prevention – we are able to really change the outcome of patients.”

Lower salt intake helped reduce
England’s Stroke, heart disease deaths

Research published in the online British Medical Journal Open suggests that “a 15% reduction in salt consumption was likely ‘an important contributor’ to a 40% reduction in stroke and heart disease deaths in the last decade in England.” Researchers found that “the ‘single largest’ contribution to the decline in deaths was a decrease in blood pressure.”
Researchers found that “from 2003 to 2011, deaths from stroke decreased by 42% (P<0.001) and deaths from ischemic heart disease fell by 40% (P<0.001), parallel with decreases in salt intake of 1.4 g/day (P <0.01) as measured by 24-hour urinary sodium.” It was also “noted that 70 percent of adults in England still consume more than recommended daily maximum amount of salt, with 80 percent of salt intake coming from processed foods.”

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