About The Webinar

According to medical experts, about 225 people in South Africa die as a result of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) every single day. Clinicians highlight that up to 80% of the CVD are preventable. However, the rate of heart diseases continues to rise; it is also a leading cause of death in the country and the most expensive disease to treat.

It is even more critical now then ever to pay attention to CVD as, over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that individuals with underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, are at higher risk from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus. 

September is Heart Awareness Month — an entire month dedicated to raising awareness about CVD in South Africa, culminating with World Heart Day on September 29.

​​​​​​​Join this live webcast where the South African Heart Association brings you esteemed doctors to share insights on CVD, unpack the risks, detection, prevention, management and treatment of this life-threatening disease.

  • Dr David Jankelow
    Cardiologist at Netcare Linksfield Clinics and President of The South African Heart Association

  • Dr Blanche Cupido
    President-Elect of The South African Heart Association, is a consultant adult interventional cardiologist. She also has a special interest in congenital heart disease, cardiac imaging and valvular heart disease. She graduated from UCT in 2001 and spent two years in Kwazulu-Natal completing her internship and community service. After working in the UK for a year, she returned to Groote Schuur Hospital to complete her physician training in 2009 and her cardiology training in 2013. In 2016, she did a fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Leeds, UK. In 2017, she completed a Certificate in Advanced Heart Failure Management from the University of Zurich and the European Cardiac Academy. She works at Groote Schuur Hospital and is establishing a dedicated Adult Congenital Heart Disease unit there. She also works at UCT Private Academic Hospital as the Head of Echocardiography and the Clinical Lead for Adult Congenital Heart Disease

  • Professor Liesl Zühlke
    MBChB DCH FCPaeds Cert Card MPH FESC FACC MSc PhD, is a paediatric cardiologist in the Department of Paediatric Cardiology at Red Cross Children’s Hospital. She directs the Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit, focused on family-centred research into Children’s Heart Diseases of relevance in Africa. Her research projects span congenital and Rheumatic Heart disease, HIV in adolescents, Grown-up Congenital heart disease and cardiac disease in women of childbearing age. She was the recipient of the 2018 MRC/Dfid African research leader Award.  She is the only female full Professor of Paediatric Cardiology in her country and is passionate about mentoring women and minority groups in Cardiology practice and leadership.  
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  • Marcelle Gordon
    Anchor on TV news channel eNCA. She earned her stripes as a field radio reporter at the age of 19 and her media journey includes Primedia, Supersport, Kaya FM and Jacaranda FM, covering some of the biggest news and sports stories. Breakfast Talk Radio Executive Producer, Sports Presenter, Foreign Correspondent, Editor and TV News Anchor, are just some of the hats she has donned during her career spanning more than 20 years. She was also the Head of Programming on the original team that took talk radio station PowerFM to air in 2013.

  • About The South African Heart Association
    The South African Heart Association (SA Heart®) represents professional interests of cardiologists and cardio-thoracic surgeons as well as  medical technologists, nursing personnel and other healthcare professionals in cardiovascular healthcare and scientists involved in cardiovascular research.

    SA Heart® is the scientific leader in South Africa in cardiovascular healthcare delivery, research and education. Its mission is to champion equitable and sustainable healthcare, to lead and innovate in the cardiovascular sciences, to educate healthcare professionals and the public as well as influence cardiovascular healthcare policy. Our ultimate vision is the advancement of cardiovascular healthcare for all those living in South Africa.
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    The special interest groups affiliated to SA Heart® include the Paediatric Cardiac Society, the Arrhythmia Society, the Cardiac Imaging Society, the Society of Cardiovascular Intervention, the Heart Failure Society, the Society of Cardiac Research and the Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society. www.saheart.org ​​​​​​​

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