Nearly 400 cardiologists and geriatricians from Vietnam, the US, the UK, Italy and Japan gathered at an international conference in Tuy Hoa city, the central province of Phu Yen, on June 9 – 10.

During the event, the experts delivered 50 reports on the latest research into the treatment of cardiovascular diseases affecting the elderly, and gave professional advice to the target group.

It has been reported that an increasing number of Vietnamese people are suffering from and dying of cardiovascular diseases. Longer life expectancy is also causing more concern over these health problems, which typically affect the aged.

According to the International Classification of Diseases, 64.8 percent of elderly people in the world suffer from high blood pressure, 22.5 percent suffer cardiac ischaemia while 9 percent develop heart failure.

Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong said that research outcomes and knowledge from global experts shared at the function will help Vietnam access and apply the latest therapies in the field.

The conference in Phu Yen was the second on geriatric cardiology so far in Vietnam . The first event was held in Ho Chi Minh City in 2012.-VNA