Ahmedabad, Oct 27: The 'second' three-day annual conference of Indian Society of Cardiology commenced here yesterday, with an emphasis on prevention.
Addressing mediapersons here, UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre Professor and Head of Department of cardiology Dr Sameer I Dani said the primary aim of the conference is to share the latest experiences in cardiology so that the primary goal of cardiologist turns out to be prevention rather than cure.
He said there has been breakthroughs in interventional cardiology and new therapeutic methods have been introduced. In this context, the conference assumes significance as many such issues are being discussed, he said.
In the conference, some 300 delegates from across the country are participating. There would be interactive discussions and a workshop on echo-cardiography. The meet ends tomorrow.
The president of ISC, Dr RK Gokhroo said the conference had twin aims. Firstly to ask the physicians ''Keep your cardiology updated.'' That is the primary theme. Secondly, to honour physicians and cardiologists. Seventy physicians across India have been honoured right from Jammu to extreme south,'' he said.
''We have also instituted an overall cash prize of Rs 1.30 lakhs,'' he said.
Out of this, three prizes would be given viz Rs 50,000, Rs 40,000 and Rs 35,000. Even an ISC gold medal has been created to be given in the future, he added.
Dr SK Kaushik, medical superintendent of RNDT Medical College, Udaipur and the chairman of the scientific committee of ISC said to stay healthy, one must walk daily half-an hour and eat good food (not junk food). Otherwise, the future is gone. There is only sudden death.
In India, 20 per cent of adult population is diabetic in contrast to 2 to 3 per cent world over, while 10 to 15 per cent suffer from blood pressure. If diabetes and BP come together, there is heart attack, Dr Kaushik added.