The 16th Vietnam National Congress of Cardiology was held over the weekend from October 6 to 7 at the Ariyana Convention Centre in Da Nang, Vietnam.
The congress, organised by the Vietnam National Heart Association, saw more than 2,000 attendees including 300 speakers.
It brought domestic and foreign professors, leading directors, doctors, pharmacists and cardiologists from renowned hospitals in Vietnam and South-east Asia together, to find out about the reports and research projects on the latest developments in cardiology.
Chairman of the Việt Nam National Heart Association (VNHA), Dr Nguyễn Lân Hiếu said, "We offer prizes for the best reports of the young cardiologists at the congress with an aim of encouraging continued research in heart treatment and care. It's also a chance for experts to share knowledge and updated information on heart disease treatment at hospitals nationwide. Local doctors and medical staffs will join training courses with senior experts and top surgeons to study on new treatments and techniques."
Da Nang has been developing a 200-bed cardiology centre with an investment of US$11.23 million for cardiology and heart disease treatment for the central and central highlands region.
According to VNHA, about 25% of the Vietnamese population above 25 years suffered from hypertension and heart disease.
The two-day event also included an exhibition from international pharmaceutical companies, free heart and hypertension check-ups for 400 poor people in the city and a mass walkathon.