The "Cape Town Declaration On Access to Cardiac Surgery in the Developing World" was published in August 2018, intending to signal a commitment of the global cardiac surgery and cardiology communities to improving care for the 33 million patients affected by rheumatic heart disease.
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United in Earnest: First Pilot Sites for Increased Surgical Capacity for Rheumatic Heart Disease Announced by Cardiac Surgery Intersociety Alliance
April 30, 2021
April 7, 2020
A tribute to a pioneer and humanitarian in our field, Dr Francis Robicsek.
Edwards Lifesciences' Every Heartbeat Matters Philanthropic Initiative Expanding To Reach More Patients
February 24, 2020
In 2014, Edwards Lifescience launched an ambitious philanthropic initiative called Every Heartbeat Matters (EHM) with the goal of impacting the global burden of heart valve disease through the education, screening and treatment of 1 million underserved people by 2020.
December 31, 2019
As a new political crisis for the United States evolves in Iraq, this is a timely glimpse at the impact of medical diplomacy. "In conflict zones, I enter each operation knowing that each surgery - mostly open-heart - is saving a life while all around us people are dying for mere thought differences.
September 13, 2019
This video highlights the treatment of patients with rheumatic heart disease in Rwanda, where the disease is prevalent, but there are no cardiac surgeons in the country.
August 17, 2019
JTCVS just published a call for proposals of joining the Cardiac Surgery Intersociety Alliance (CSIA) as pilot sites. CSIA is jointly overseen by the AATS, EACTS, STS, the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and the World Heart Federation.
June 21, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest
March 21, 2019
Filmed at the 2018 EACTS Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy, Vinicius Nina of the University Hospital of the Federal University of Maranhão in Brazil moderates a discussion on approaches for success in humanitarian heart surgery.
March 1, 2019
Between February 23 and March 1, 2019, a heart surgery team from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK, conducted a medical mission to Kumasi, Ghana, in order to perform adult heart surgery and place pacemakers. Find their daily video blog here.
Global Cardiothoracic Surgery Advances and Challenges in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies
October 29, 2018
Dr. A. Thomas Pezzella considers many of the challenges involved in providing cardiothoracic surgery treatment in developing countries and emerging economies.