Sudden cardiac deaths account for more than half of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and multiple strategies will have to be evolved to eliminate the risk factors that lead to sudden collapse and death, Behzad B. Pavri, Professor of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, has said.

He was addressing cardiologists on the topic ‘Cardiac Deaths: New Markers and How to Prevent?’ at the 20{+t}{+h}national conference of the Indian College of Cardiology here on Saturday.

Sustained awareness campaign and interventions should be taken up by the Health Ministry for making lifestyle modifications so that people were encouraged to maintain their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight at optimum levels, Dr. Pavri pointed out.

He suggested that risk stratification be carried out by screening people at community level so that the borderline risk group and the high risk groups could be identified.

Earlier in the day, a joint symposium on Atrial Fibrillation (AF), organised by the American College of Cardiology and Indian College of Cardiology, was held in which newer drugs and new treatment options for managing AF was discussed.

At the workshops held for postgraduate students, K.H. Srinivasan, G. Vijayaraghavan, Bharat Dalvi, N. Namboodiri, Ajit Thachil, S.T. Yavgal, P. Sahoo, Johnson Fransis, and Roopa Salwan demonstrated current methods in various cardiovascular treatments.