VSICON 2008 to focus on vascular diseases

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Chandigarh, Nov 5 (UNI) 'VSICON 2008', a four-day annual conference on vascular diseases, organised by Vascular Society of India would begin here tomorrow to focus upon the need to increase awareness about the specialised and complex field of vascular diseases and discuss latest advances worldwide.

Announcing this at a press conference here today Dr Ravul Jindal, Coordinator for the conference informed that the theme of 15th annual conference to be organized at Government Medical College Hospital, here will be 'bridging the gap-open and endovascular procedures'.

Dr Jindal, interacting with media along with Dr Gurjit Singh, Professor and Head, Vascular Surgery Department, Government Medical College, Jammu and Dr Arvind Kohli, Lecturer, GMC, Jammu, said that VSICON 2008, will seek to enlighten the experts and young doctors on this vital area of medical science which has remained misunderstood and misrepresented by even the medical fraternity which finds it difficult to differentiate between heart and vascular complications.

Dr Jindal said that the four-day brainstorming session stating on November 6 till 8th will witness rounds of discussions after presentations on technical and scientific presentations by renowned vascular physicians from across the nation.

Dr Gurjit Singh added that it was absolutely contingent to understand the vital area of vascular procedures as a country like India which has over 25 million diabetics provided a huge potential threat of undiagnosed vascular disorders which are often confused as heart-related disorders owing to lack of awareness and expertise even within the medical fraternity.

Dr Singh added that normally it is only the onset of peripheral gangrene which brings to light the fact that arterial pulsations have been absent for long periods of time hitherto unnoticed.

After diagnosis also the only treatment of these unfortunate cases has been amputations leaving the primary vascular problem unsolved. The lack of awareness of the disease is so acute, that even some cardio-vascular surgeons have never heard of a separate, independent vascular surgery department or a vascular surgeon.

This is ironic and calls for more such conferences for medical professionals as well, stressed Dr Singh.

Dr Arvind Kohli said that during the event talks will be held on management of aortic aneurysms in abdomen and chest and treatment of arterial blockage in the legs and a series of papers would be presented on vascular diseases and treatment facilities available worldwide by international experts including speakers from abroad Dr Tej Singh, Dr B. Gluklich and Dr Klaus Balzer.

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