Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye - H. Jackson Brown, Jr
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"A new report The Heart of the Matter: Rethinking prevention of cardiovascular disease by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by AstraZeneca, investigates the health challenges posed by CVD. Despite greater recognition of the problem, every indication is that the global burden of the disease will get worse before it gets better. Greater collaboration is needed to prevent the disease.
CVD is the world's leading killer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It accounted for 30% of deaths around the globe in 2010. A joint Harvard University and World Economic Forum study estimated the total economic cost to be over US$850bn per year - predicted to reach US$1tn by 2025. Dr Srinath Reddy, the president of the World Heart Federation, calls CVD "the dominant epidemic of the 21st century".
In India and China, the percentage of deaths caused by CVD increased by 20% between 1990 and 2010. The equivalent rate in the US and western Europe fell by at least 20% during that same period, although CVD still accounts for 43% of all deaths in 2010, according to the WHO. The common feature of the disease across the world is its disproportionate impact on individuals from lower socio-economic groups.
The causes of CVD are widely known, such as smoking, a high-salt intake or a lack of exercise. This makes a large majority of CVD cases preventable. Existing prevention efforts are responsible for at least half of the reduction in CVD in developed countries in recent decades. Yet prevention remains little used. Governments, for instance, devote only a small proportion of health spending to prevention of diseases of any kind - typically 3% in developed countries.
No government, society or individual can afford to ignore CVD, finds the report, but independent action by these stakeholders is not enough. A co-ordinated approach is required across the public, private and social sectors - including the food industry, whose commercial interests should be aligned with prevention if CVD is to be unseated as the world's number one killer."
Source: New approach needed to tackle heart disease - the "dominant epidemic of the 21st century, MNT, November 25, 2013.
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ECG Learning Center
This tutorial is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan E. Lindsay, master teacher of electrocardiography, friend, mentor, and colleague. Many of the excellent ECG tracings illustrated in this learning program are from Dr. Lindsay's personal collection of ECG treasures.
This WWW resource will be a library of ECG recordings, many in full 12-lead format. To display the images on a computer screen some of the clarity is lost but those that are shown have been chosen carefully to prevent any loss of important detail.
The following is a basic primer in interpretation of the ECG (EKG). It is intended solely for teaching purposes, and should not be relied upon in clinical decision making.
Echo by Web
This site has the aim to provide a comprehensive echocardiography atlas, and clinical and research instruments to the cardiologist or sonographer involved in echocardiography, and to promote utilization of digital technology in the echocardiography laboratory.
Echo in Context
The Echo in Context worldwide teleconferences are produced by the Duke University Center for Echo and Blueyed Productions.
Created by a team of medical professionals and health-care specialists, the main Echo- Web site contains a wide range of resources dealing primarily with diagnostic ultrasounds, sonography, and the field of echocardiography. One of the most helpful of these resources is the Basic Principles of Ultrasound online course, which is available there at no cost.
Echobasics is an elementary echocardiography tutorial. It is intended to serve as introduction to this diagnostic method, and is directed to fellow professionals who start routinary diagnostic work with it. This concise, schematic summary has no claims of completeness and must be supplemented with the numerous reference books on the issue.
Echocardiology.org aims to provide you with simple tutorials of the echocardiographic features of common cardiac disorders. We will be continually updating the site with new information and will be adding images and video clips in the future.
FEEL-UK is a joint venture between the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Society of Echocardiography . It comprises a learning programme, including a one-day course, designed to introduce the student to the use of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and lung ultrasound in the emergency setting.
Perfusion.com is the world's largest and most comprehensive resource for topics related to cardiovascular perfusion, blood management and platelet therapy. Here at Perfusion.com, we are continually striving to provide the most current resources and information on all aspects of the perfusion and the cardiovascular surgery industry.
Extensive site for perfusion and extracorporeal technologies.
SonoWorld was launched in 1999 as a way to use the emerging Internet to provide free educational materials to ultrasound practitioners in developing countries around the world. As the founders explored ways to accomplish this mission, it became apparent that there was a global need for a centralized resource for information as well as educational resources, and that this could best be accomplished by creating a new education-focused virtual community for physicians, sonographers and industry.
Welcome to the Toronto General Hospital Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management Virtual Transesophageal Echocardiography website. This site is intended to be a resource for educators and students looking for tools to facilitate the teaching and learning of transesophageal echocardiography.