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CASSA Summer Newsletter 2010

The CASSA National Symposium was recently held (16, 19 and 23 October in respectively Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg) and it was a huge success....

CASSA has had an exciting quarter in the field of training and education.

The Many Faces of AF National Symposium

The CASSA National Symposium was recently held (16, 19 and 23 October in respectively Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg) and it was a huge success. Over 170 specialist cardiologists and physicians attended the meetings across the country where two international experts in the field of arrhythmia and ablation, Prof Johannes Brachmann and Dr Neil Sulke, lectured on the latest trends in the treatment of AF. The topics on the program included stroke prevention as well as AF in specific situations such as athletes, the elderly and post operative AF. Cutting edge technology such as catheter ablation was also discussed.

ECG and Arrhythmia Workshop

Two meetings for GP’s are also coming up in November 2010: On Sat 27 November, Prof A Okreglicki and Dr D Milne will be visiting Kimberley where CASSA will be hosting an Arrhythmia and ECG workshop for General practitioners. The interactive digivote system will be used as part of the lecture and members of the audience will have the opportunity to actively participate in the meeting. This workshop is both an informative and fun event.
In Johannesburg, Dr Andrew Thornton will be representing CASSA at a GP meeting on 13 November. The program on the day will cover, amongst other disciplines, paediatrics and cardiology.

SAHA 2011

CASSA has the honour of hosting the annual South African Heart Association Congress in 2011. The congress will take place from 23-26 October at the brand new and ultra modern East London ICC. Please diarize this prestigious event!

Medical Advisors Group Conference

Apart from training and education, CASSA also actively shapes the health market and for the past two years has been the only Medical Society to have a slot on the agenda at the annual Medical Advisors Group Conference.

The MAG conference was held on 4-5 August at the Mount Grace Hotel and Spa in the Magaliesberg and Prof Martin Cowie (Brampton, London) was the Key note speaker during the CASSA session. He addressed issues and controversies around funding guidelines for Device therapy and spoke about the cost-effectiveness of CRT and ICD use in heart failure.

CMS – PMB Guidelines

A large contingent of the CASSA EXCO will be representing the society and its members at the upcoming CMS meetings where new guidelines for PMB benefit design will be discussed. CASSA will be submitting guidelines and protocols based on the latest ESC guidelines. For any information on the above process and or to provide input, please contact Dr Anthony Stanley at

Visit the CASSA website regularly to stay abreast of developments and meetings in your area.

Become a member of CASSA and be part of a well respected, growing professional body that impacts the market in which it operates.

Contact Franciska Rossouw on 082 806 1599/ for information on CASSA and its events.

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