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Pan Afr Med J. 2012;11:8. Epub 2012 Jan 16.

The National Cardiothoracic Centre, Accra Ghana: proceedings of the second International Update Course in Cardiology - improving the coverage of cardiology services.

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National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, P O Box KB 846, Korle-Bu, Accra, Ghana.


Many developing countries now face the growing phenomenon of the double burden of disease. Most are still grappling with infectious diseases resulting from poor environmental sanitation and lack of access to good drinking water like malaria, cholera, and enteric fever. At the same time changes in diet and lifestyle in general in these countries is resulting in increasing numbers of people with obesity, sedentary life styles, increased salt intake from fast foods, increased smoking and consumption of alcohol and fizzy drinks, hypertension and diabetes. To increase the scope and depth of cardiovascular care in Ghana, the National Cardiothoracic Centre, (NCTC), organised the 2nd International Update Course in Cardiology for cardiologists and general practitioners, with emphasis on a practical approach to cardiology. Post conference evaluation indicated that the course was very useful especially for practitioners in district and regional hospitals. Close to 98% of the participants revealed that the update course will greatly impact positively on their management of cardiovascular diseases.


Cardiovascular disease; double burden of disease; lifestyle modification; noncommunicable disease

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