MAJOR  CONFAB  ON  HEART  CARE  TO  DRAW  WORLD'S  TOP  EXPERTS

MANILA, OCTOBER 11, 2006
 (STAR) Heart disease is avoidable. Follow a heart healthy lifestyle and you may well enjoy a healthier life for years to come.

This simple message will be at the heart of discussions when experts gather to talk about the latest in heart care in a medical forum shaping up as one of the biggest events in cardiology in Asia and the Philippines – the International Symposium on Cardiology on Oct. 5-6 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in Quezon City.

Organized by St. Luke’s Medical Center-Heart Institute, a center of excellence in Asia for the management of cardiovascular disease, the symposium will touch all aspects of cardiology – clinical, diagnostic, interventional and preventive – and delve on the all-important role of lifestyle in cardiovascular health with such topics as the truth of fad diets, smoking cessation, and exercise training.

Renowned specialists from the world’s leading medical centers are scheduled to speak and top cardiologists and surgeons from St. Luke’s Heart Institute will join them in the faculty.

Featured speakers and their topics include: Dr. Byron Hoogwerf of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, America’s leading center for heart care – "Strategies for the Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes" and "Treatment Strategies for Halting the Progression of CVD in High Risk Patients"; Dr. Jay Edelberg, associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University – "Targeting Filbrin for Neovascularization" and "Advances in Cardiac Regeneration"; Dr. Anthon Fuisz of the Washington Hospital Center – "Cardiac MR Perfusion Imaging" and "Clinical Applications of Cardiac MRI: Diagnosis and Therapeutic Implications"; Dr. Ray Squires, director of the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic – the state of the science in cardiac rehabilitation and "Exercise Training in Chronic Heart Failure" and how the medical community has completely turned around on the issue in only 15 years; Dr. Chandana Samaranayake, manager for Clinical Applications of Philips Medical Systems – "Clinical Applications of 3-D Echo: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Implications"; and Kathleen Zarling, a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist for high-risk CAD patients of Mayo Medical Center – "The Truth About Fad Diets" and "Early Intervention for Tobacco Cessation in a Smoke-Free Acute Care Medical Center.

Prospective participants may contact the symposium secretariat at 723-0101 local 5532 or 5529. Online registration is also available through the St. Luke’s website www.stluke.com.ph.


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