Prague - The World Health Organisation (WHO) awarded the Czech Cardiology Society (CKS) for its contribution to the treatment of acute heart attack at its 66th assembly in Geneva in May, CKS chairman Petr Widimsky has told CTK.
Předseda České kardiologické společnosti (ČKS) Petr Widimský (uprostřed), vědecký sekretář ČKS Jaromír Hradec (vlevo) a nastupující předseda ČKS Miloš Táborský (vpravo) se setkali 30. května v Praze s novináři při příležitosti udělení ceny Světové zdravotnické organizace ČKS za přínos k léčbě akutního srdečního infarktu a za originální výzkumné výsledky s přímým dopadem na léčebnou praxi ve světě. ČTK Doležal Michal
The CKS won the main prize, which the WHO awards for a contribution to the improvement in the world population´s health. The WHO appreciated the CKS´s original research achievements with a direct impact on the treatment practice, Widimsky said.
In a recommending letter addressed to the WHO in January, the then Czech health minister Martin Holcat wrote that the Czech cardiologists´ research has enabled "thousands of patients with acute heart attack worldwide to be treated by the most advanced methods. As a result, [patients´] mortality has dropped below 5 percent, a limit that was unthinkable in the case of heart attacks in the past," Holcat wrote.
In his letter, Holcat praised the CKS for a long-term contribution to the development of new methods of prevention, diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
The WHO presented its annual Dr. Lee Jong-Wook Memorial Prize for Public Health to the CKS secretary, Professor Jaromir Hradec, in Geneva on May 22.
The CKS, established in 1929, is the second oldest cardiology society in Europe and the third oldest in the world.
Between 1996-1997 it helped push through a new method of heart attack treatment in its Prague-1 study, whose results were eventually confirmed by further studies abroad.
In 2002, the CKS was the first in the world to publish the breakthrough proposal that acute heart attack be treated by primary coronary angioplasty that instantly opens up the blocked vessel for improved flow.
Most recently, the CSK launched cooperation with neurologists, radiologists and other specialists on the search for effective ways to treat stroke, which still ends with either the death or permanent disability of two-thirds of patients.