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Srinath Reddy is president of World Heart Federation

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Dr. Srinath Reddy. File photo: V. Sudershan
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Dr. Srinath Reddy is the first Indian ever to be conferred this honour

Dr. Srinath Reddy has been elected as president of the World Heart Federation (WHF), an over-arching, global, non-governmental organization and the world’s only body dedicated to the global prevention of heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Srinath Reddy is the first Indian ever to be conferred this honour. The election took place on Friday at the World Congress of Cardiology held in Dubai. He succeeds Dr. Sydney Smith of USA and will serve a two year term, commencing in January 2013.

Dr Reddy is the president of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and former Head of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He also serves as the first Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Accepting this honorary position as head of the world body, Dr Reddy said “Cardiovascular diseases are collectively the leading cause of death across the world and are increasing at an alarming rate in low and middle income countries. This global threat requires a global thrust to counter and contain it. Efforts are needed to protect populations from acquiring heart disease and to provide timely, effective and affordable care to individuals who have developed disease. Health services should enable risk reduction and cost-effective management of disease at all levels of health care. WHF will catalyse these policies at the global level and assist national efforts through capacity building and collaborative research.”

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the readers would also be benefited by knowing about a good heart as told from the story of the great warrior Karna in Mahabharat.
He was killed in the battle field.At the time of his death Lord
Krishna,showed his Viswa Rupa Dharasan and asked him what boon he would like to take from him.Karna replied that he wanted a pure Heart in his every Janma(Birth)that would not deny giving anything
to anybody at anytime.This is the heart we must try to have,apart
from the good clinical heart from the WHF with Reddy as president

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Apr 26, 2012 at 12:51 IST

Congratulations to Dr.Reddy on his great acheivement of being the first Indian to be appointed as the president of World Health Federation (WHF). India is home for Diabetic and Cardio related diseases and Mr.Reddy as the president will surely help to create awareness among Indians to greater extent.

from:  Sampath Mereddy
Posted on: Apr 24, 2012 at 22:55 IST

It is a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to make a difference the world over. Congratulations and best wishes for all success.

from:  Murali Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 07:35 IST

Congratulations! Dr Sreenath Reddy. Well done. India is Diabetes capital of the world, and Cardio Vascular Diseases are on the rise, due to our diet. A link has been shown between White rice and Diabetes. It is great that an Indian is taking over the role, and he would contribute a lot to raise the awareness of these diseases, and how a small change in life style can bring about a huge change in the disease profile.

from:  Dr RKRAO REBBAPRAGADA
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 18:19 IST

Congratulations sir. You have indeed been an inspiration for all of us young doctors

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 08:33 IST
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