The Israeli death rate from heart disease has dropped by 50 percent in the last nine years, even though it continues to be the main cause of disease and death among both men and women in Israel and abroad, according to Prof. Chaim Lotan, chief of cardiology at Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem.
Lotan, who will chair a major international cardiology conference in Tel Aviv in three weeks, said Wednesday that deaths from cardiovascular disease had declined significantly due to improved drugs and medical procedures, including angioplasty; more awareness about the need to quit smoking, exercise and eat properly; and early diagnosis with advanced equipment.
The conference, ICI: Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions, is considered among the world's most important in interventional cardiology, with some 1,000 doctors and others due to attend at the David Intercontinental Hotel.
An exhibition will display the products of startup companies in the field of preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease. The conference is being organized by the Israel Cardiology Society, the Israeli Working Group on Intensive Cardiac Care, the Friends of the Israel Heart Society and the Israel Life Science Industry.