Đăng ký: VietNam News
The Vietnam National Heart Institute, GE Healthcare and T.D Medical have co-hosted a medical education seminar with expert, Dr. Rahal Yusoff, a cardiology specialist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Vietnam.
This seminar was the first event hosted by GE Healthcare’s recently launched Ultrasound School, a virtual institution directly under the company’s ASEAN Healthcare Learning Institute, which is dedicated to the education and training of Vietnamese clinicians in the use of ultrasound equipment.
In 2010, non-communicable diseases accounted for 75% of all deaths in Vietnam according to the World Health Organization. Among them, cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, stood out as the main transgressor, contributing to nearly 40 percent of all deaths in the country. Yet, echocardiograms, one of the most commonly used procedures globally to diagnose and treat heart disease, is being underutilized across the country due to a lack of training and education on the procedure.
“All across Vietnam, heart disease is on the rise. With over 90 million residents, Vietnam needs to develop more heart centers and train more cardiologists about echocardiograms to care for the hearts of the Vietnamese people,” said Dr. Do Doan Loi, Head of the Vietnam National Heart Institute.
With the use of an ultrasound machine, a clinician can perform an echocardiogram or “echo” to produce images of your heart. The sound waves produced by the ultrasound machine allow a physician to see how a patient’s heart is beating and pumping blood. Using these images from an echo, clinicians can identify various abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves. A widely used medical procedure, echoes can help identify heart abnormalities including the cause of abnormal heart sounds (murmurs or clicks), an enlarged heart, unexplained chest pains, shortness of breath or irregular heartbeats.
“The use of echocardiograms is extremely important in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. As a non-invasive procedure, it allows a doctor access to important information about the structure and blood flow of the heart without causing pain or risk to the patient. The information gained from an echo helps clinicians make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan best suited for their patient,” shared Dr. Rahal.
A similar seminar on echocardiograms and cardiovascular care in Ho Chi Minh city kicked off on April 18th with Dr. Rahal./.