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ESC events in Asia tackle management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Date:10/30/2009

last year's inaugural event, a second ESC Asia Cardiovascular Symposium was held in Beijing on 12 September. The one-day programme provided an opportunity for leading physicians from Asian countries to examine CVD risk factors and discuss management of an increasing precedence of the disease - attributed to westernisation of diet and lifestyle. The first ESC Asia Cardiovascular Symposium in Shanghai in September 2008 aimed to raise awareness of the growing burden of CVD in the AP region, and the need for screening and risk assessment tools for early detection and intervention.

The second symposium set out to take the next step by:

  • defining effective pharmacological management of hypertension, diabetes and the risk of thrombosis in the AP region.
  • translating clinical practice guidelines into reality in local practice.
  • underlining the importance of informing primary care physicians of current guidelines and to practise accordingly.
  • considering similarities and differences between East and West in the prevention and treatment of CVD.
  • providing an opportunity to exchange information and experience.

The September symposium was co-chaired by three experts in the fields of cardiovascular medicine: Professor Lars Rydn (Sweden) representing the ESC, Professor Lim Yean Teng (Singapore) and Professor Yong Huo (China). For the attending delegates, who came from all over AP and represented a number of specialties, the programme provided an opportunity to look at a multifactorial approach to CVD risk management. Using patient case studies, speakers demonstrated how lifestyle modification often has to be supplemented by pharmacotherapy. Panel discussions raised important issues such as the need to proactively manage patients with atrial fibrillation, who are at increased risk of stroke. There was agreement among the disciplines that intervention per se should be based on total cardiovascular risk, but that each of the contributi
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