Ludhiana, October 21, 2012: Two-day “21st National Conference of Hypertension of Society” was formally inaugurated yesterday evening by the Chief Guest-Dr SS Gill, Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.
Dr Gill lauded the efforts of organizing committee in conducting the conference. In his address, Dr Gill said Hypertension has become a significant problem in many developing countries. Organizing Secretary Dr Naved Aslam proposed a vote of thanks to the dignitaries and the participating delegates present on the occasion.
The highlight of concluding day of the conference was “Presidential Oration” by Dr GS Wander on the topic ‘Mercury Controversy’.
In his presentation, Dr Wander elaborated the ongoing controversy regarding the use of mercury in medical devices like the blood pressure measuring instruments. He threw light on the existing sources of mercury in the medical industry, its toxic effects on mankind and environment and also brought forth the data on alternative mercury free, blood pressure monitoring instruments. He suggested that taking cue from l European countries who have now adopted a policy of using mercury free medical devices, a serious consideration should be given to slowly introduce such safe devices into clinical practice.
Other scientific sessions held today include lectures by Dr. Shashank Joshi on Metabolic syndrome where he highlighted the importance of health lifestyle on prevention of various cardiac diseases.
Prof. K.K Talwar, Chairman of MCI, New Delhi mentioned about diastolic heart failure and its possible diagnostic and treatment modalities.
Dr. Kunal Kothari, President of Hypertension Society of India gave insight about cardiac effects of hypertension.
Dr. K. Sarat Chandra from Hyderabad spoke on "Newer intervention based treatment options of hypertension".
Other lectures included talks on Blood pressure monitoring, pregnancy and hypertension by Prof. Sanjay Jain and Dr. Nalini Anand respectively. Dr PK Sasidharan spoke on the topic ‘Lifestyle diseases and Vitamin D deficiency in India