Incidence of cardiovascular Diseases is increasing rapidly in Nepal as well as in other developing countries. It is mainly due to change in dietary and life style patterns- a 'by product' economic development . Studies have shown that the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors like Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, dyslipidemia, use of tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, obesity, mental stress, unhealthy diet, lack of physical exercise etc have increased significantly in recent years in urban and suburban areas causing sharp rise in coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke, choric kidney disease and other non communicable diseases. Lack of awareness regarding healthy and unhealthy life style and diet patterns even among educated people is also a major concern in our society, which has contributed significantly in increasing burden of the diseases. At the same time, rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are still quite prevalent in remote areas-forcing us to fight the battle in two fronts. Lack of resources, infrastructure and trained manpower has been always a major issue in the country. We have definitely made huge progress by establishing advanced cardiovascular services in the country in last two decades but expanding these services throughout the country still faces some challenges.
Meanwhile, cardiac society of Nepal (CSN), a professional organization of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists is doing its job quite diligently. The main focus of CSN is on academic activities to update and refresh its members so that they can provide better and evidence based care to the patients.CSN organizes international cardiac conference every year with invited distinguished faculty from all over the world, which is a great opportunity for interaction, learning, sharing knowledge and experiences for its members. Besides this, different subspecialty committee conduct Continuous Medical Education(CME) program every month, which have been a quite popular forum among the members to share and discuss their experiences and viewpoint. CSN also publishes a bi-annual peer reviewed journal- Nepalese Heart Journal (NHJ) and it has been a popular forum to publish research articles related with cardiovascular diseases in Nepal. Cardiac Society of Nepal is planning to form provincial committees in different provinces of the country to expand its activities all over Nepal.
Let us wish the society a brilliant future ahead.
Prof Deewakar Sharma
Cardiac Society of Nepal
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