Cardiac specialists gather at annual scientific meeting

Danial Norjidi

The 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society Brunei Darussalam was held at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre yesterday.

Themed ‘Clinical Cardiology in Everyday Practice’, the meeting was opened by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar with a speech highlighting the burden of heart disease in Brunei Darussalam and that this is increasingly occurring in the younger population.

The meeting saw a Presidential Lecture by Immediate Past-President of the European Society of Cardiology Professor Jeroen Bax. Professor Bax, who is also Director of the echo-lab at the Leiden University Medical Centre, has authored numerous papers and holds several positions in national and international scientific organisations, as well as serving on the editorial boards of many different journals.

Titled ‘Cardiac Imaging – what is the future’, the lecture highlighted the emerging role of newer technologies to help in the early detection of heart disease.

Following the lecture, two awards were presented by President of the Cardiac Society of Brunei Darussalam Dr Sofian bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Johar. First was the Presidential Award, which was presented to Professor Bax.

ABOVE & BELOW: President of the Cardiac Society of Brunei Darussalam Dr Sofian bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Johar presents the Presidential Award to Immediate Past-President of the European Society of Cardiology Professor Jeroen Bax and the Fellow of the Cardiac Society Award to Director of Invasive Cardiac Laboratory, Consultant Cardiologist and Physician at Gleneagles JPMC Dr Patrick Ang Cheng Ho

Attendees during the event. PHOTOS: DANIAL NORJIDI

The proceedings also saw the Fellow of the Cardiac Society Award presented to Director of Invasive Cardiac Laboratory, Consultant Cardiologist and Physician at Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) Dr Patrick Ang Cheng Ho.

The meeting proceeded with sessions featuring a selection of international faculty and local faculty from Brunei Darussalam on the latest evidence for treating heart failure, elevated cholesterol and complex coronary artery disease.

A particular focus of the later sessions included the surgical management of complex heart disease by Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Gleneagles JPMC Dr Nadzir Juanda.

The audience for yesterday’s meeting comprised doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals from the Ministry of Health, Gleneagles JPMC and other institutions. It was shared that, following this meeting, it is hoped that participants will gain knowledge in the latest treatments of heart disease to improve care of patients in Brunei Darussalam.

Speaking in an interview, Secretary of Cardiac Society of Brunei Darussalam and Head of Cardiology at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Dr Mohd Ezam Emran explained that the Society has been holding scientific meetings annually since their inception in 2014.

“The main objective of holding this meeting is to spread knowledge on the latest developments and treatment modalities that are available out there and in Brunei to various clinicians and health professionals so that everyone is in the same boat and everybody knows what the latest treatment strategies are for the various cardiovascular diseases that are out there.”