Secure supply confirmed of some heart medications

On 7 September 2021, Pharmac announced that it had secured ongoing supply of the following medicines used in the treatment of various cardiovascular conditions: furosemide 40 mg tablets metoprolol tartrate 50 mg and 100 mg tablets propranolol 10 mg and 40 mg tablets Read the details of the consultation and decision on the Pharmac website.

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‘In Good Heart’ Project

A collaboration between ASH NZ, the Heart Foundation, Hāpai te Hauora, Tala Pasifika and Pacific Heartbeat aims to improve heart health outcomes and reduce inequalities. Find out more on the ASH NZ website here.

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Life Membership Awarded to Mark Webster

The Cardiac Society recognises Mark Webster’s contributions over many years with Life Membership All present at the award ceremony at the 2021 NZ ASM in Rotorua warmly congratulated Mark on his achievements. NZ Chair Michael Williams said “Mark has made an outstanding contribution to the Cardiac Society over four decades.” Upon his return to Green Lane Hospital from the Mayo […]

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2021 Investigator Award Winners

At this year’s annual scientific meeting in Rotorua three investigator prizes were awarded. Congratulations  to the winners! 2021 Young Investigator Award Dr Becky Yi-Wen Liao, Auckland City Hospital Prediction of statin non-adherence after hospitalisation for an acute coronary syndrome 2021 Nurse Investigator Award Rebecca Eddington, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Echo waitlists can be significantly reduced by determining patients’ goals of […]

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Andrew Kerr Awarded the NZ Cardiac Medal

Andrew Kerr was awarded the New Zealand Cardiac Medal at the NZ Region’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Rotorua in 2021. A/Prof Kerr is the second recipient of the medal which was first awarded in 2019. The medal is awarded to a member of the Cardiac Society who has made an outstanding contribution in New Zealand by making heart care better […]

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NZ 2020 Investigator Award Winners

In June, the New Zealand Regional Committee held virtual presentations and Q&A sessions for the annual investigator awards. Congratulations  to the winners! 2020 Young Investigator Award Dr Bernard Wong, Waitemata District Health Board Transcatheter aortic valve implantation in New Zealand: The first decade Dr Wong’s abstract was published in the October edition of Heart Lung and Circulation. He concluded that there are […]

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NZ Heart foundation calls for a national action plan

The NZ Heart Foundation has published a ‘white paper’ calling for a national action plan. They say that “Heart health outcomes for New Zealanders are still unacceptable. Cardiovascular disease is a group of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Together these conditions are responsible for a third of all deaths and are New Zealand’s leading cause of health […]

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Aspirin benefit harm calculator

Aspirin benefit harm calculator guides individualised decision-making for CVD primary prevention University of Auckland researchers have developed a calculator that provides clinicians with an individualised estimate of the CVD benefit and bleeding harms of aspirin for their patients without established CVD. Link to the Calculator(1) The tool is based on NZ’s CVD risk equation(2) and a NZ bleeding risk equation […]

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