Despite the use of advanced technology and medications in healthcare, the number of people suffering from heart diseases are increasing the world over. Saudi Gazette recently met with a renowned cardiologist to get to the bottom of the problem.

Dr. William A. Zoghbi is the Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health, chair of the Department of Cardiology at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, and professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Institute of Academic Medicine. He was in Riyadh recently to take part in the 29th annual conference of the Saudi Heart Association.

"It is the 9th year I am coming to come to the Kingdom. Our history of collaboration with the Saudi Heart Association goes back to many years. The cooperation between Saudi Heart Association and Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center is dominantly on the advances in treatment and ways of addressing heart and vascular diseases. The cooperation has been formalized over the past years with an agreement between the two organizations in order to further education and exchange of expertise. The partnership allows Saudi doctors to come to Huston for a year or more of highly specialized training in different areas including imaging and intervention," Zoghbi said.