The four day 68th National Cardiology conference organised by Cardiological Society of India (CSI) was inaugurated by C Ravindranath, Minister for education at Le Meridian convention centre.
Speaking on the occasion he stressed upon the need for a balanced lifestyle especially in Kerala where there is an alarming increase in heart related diseases. Around 5000 delegates from all across India and 200 from abroad are participating and presenting technical papers in the conference.
Minister said that though the number of cardiologists is increasing, heart disease continues to increase. So it is important to focus on prevention of heart disease. He has suggested that this national conference should focus on bringing out a strategy for prevention of heart disease.
Dr Manchanda and Dr JP Das was given life time achievement awards by the Minister. Dr.K.A Chako, Chairman, Organising Committee welcomed the delegates, invited guests, dignitaries and media persons to the conference.
Dr. M.K Das, General Secretary presented CSI report for the year. Dr. Santhanu Guha, President, CSI presided over the function and congratulated and thanked the Kochi chapter for the outstanding preparations and arrangements made for the conference. The president elect Dr.H.S Hiremath outlined the future plans of CSI.
A book ‘Know Your Heart” edited by Dr. Geever Zacharia with arti
cles written by 143 cardiologists from Kerala was released by the Minister. CSI update, was released by President CSI, AS update by President Elect, and Stemi Management Positions Statement by President CSI.
Dr. M. Sashi Kumar, President, Kerala Chapter offered facilitation. Proposing Vote of Thanks, Dr.K.K Mohanan thanked the delegates and the invited guest for their support and whole hearted co operation.