KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) today announced plans for the 2nd Annual Hearts of Legends International Cardiology Conference to be held at the later part of this year. The 1st Annual Hearts of Legends International Cardiology Conference was co-hosted by the Heart Institute of the Caribbean and Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Dec 6-8, 2012 at the Jamaica Conference Center in Kingston. The venue of the 2nd Annual Conference has not yet been announced. The inaugural conference covered all key areas of cardiovascular medicine and was a resounding success. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in Jamaica and much of the Caribbean but has not received the appropriate level of attention for its impact on the society. The Heart Institute of the Caribbean is recognized across the region as a leader in the fight against heart and vascular diseases. In a press statement following the Conference, Co-Program Directors, Dr Dainia Baugh, President of HIC and Dr Elias Haddad, Asst Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt stated that the need for informed cross border intellectual exchanges and cross fertilization of ideas to enhance patient care and clinical practice was a primary motivation for the unique collaboration between HIC and Vanderbilt to co-host the hugely successful inaugural conference in Kingston. This sentiment was echoed by Dr Douglas B. Sawyer, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt, who led a team of 9 key faculty members from Vanderbilt to deliver lectures at the conference. Speakers from Vanderbilt were complemented by Speakers from HIC and the Caribbean. Topics discussed included cardiovascular effects of hypertension, diabetes and lipid disorders, new therapies for hypertension including renal denervation therapy, cardiomyopathy, rheumatic heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, valve diseases, peripheral vascular diseases, cardiac screening of athletes, heart healthy eating and lifestyle issues in cardiac patients. The conference was attended by a cross section of medical practitioners who used the opportunity to update their skills in emerging cardiovascular discoveries while earning Continuing Medical Education credits from both Jamaica and USA. In a post-conference assessment, Dr Ernest Madu, Chairman of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean stated that, for innovations and advances in cardiovascular medicine to be meaningful, they must be translated into viable options for the patients who need them the most and this begins with the dissemination of knowledge across borders and formation of linkages and collaborations to improve the quality of care and outcomes. The 3 day conference featured structured lectures and interactive sessions and ended with an International Healthcare Panel that reviewed areas of future collaborations.
About Heart Institute of the Caribbean
The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) is the regional center of excellence for cardiovascular care in the English speaking Caribbean. Founded in 2005, HIC has pioneered the transformation of modern cardiovascular diagnostics and treatment modalities in the Caribbean and continues a tradition of excellence in innovation, research and clinical practice. HIC has 3 locations in Jamaica that are fully integrated through a robust telemedicine platform that allows quality and timely care to be delivered seamlessly through a network of experts around the world at the convenience of the patients. HIC's cardiovascular training program has become a conduit for the supply of trained cardiovascular technicians to other facilities thus improving internal capacity to enhance access to care. HIC's Breath Lifestyle Center offers a focused wellness and preventative cardiac risk management program and is the only such facility in the region.
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