Best Wishes from BCI for the World Health Day

Happy World Health Day dear Colleagues!
You are the pride of Bulgarian healthcare!
The Bulgarian Cardiac Institute wishes you health, professional success and personal happiness!

On 7 April the world celebrates the World Health Day. This date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. Since 6 February 1964, on this day in Bulgaria we also celebrate the Day of the Healthcare Worker.

Each year the theme of the WHO’s campaign focuses on a priority topic. The initiative invites everyone – from world leaders to the general public – to focus on a current health challenge of global significance. This year’s theme is: “Depression: Let’s talk.”

BCI wishes you Happy Holidays

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Today we’re celebrating Bulgarian Doctors’ Day


Every 19th of October, in Bulgaria is celebrated the Doctors’ Day. The day has been celebrated since 1996, when the Union of Bulgarian Physicians chose Saint John of Rila to be the doctors’patron. According to the passionary of perhaps the most beloved among Bulgarian saints, he has worked plenty of miracles both in life and after death. It is for this reason that Bulgarian physicians have chosen him as their protector.

Bulgarian Cardiologic Institute wishes to all Bulgarian doctors all the best and keep dedicating your knowledge, strength and energy to the noblest profession in the name of life and health of our patients.

Happy Doctors’ Day!

Bulgarian Cardiac Institute Will Celebrate the World Heart Day with Free Medical Exams

For tenth consecutive year, the hospitals and medical centers that make part of the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute are celebrating on 29 September the World Heart Day, with free consultations and examinations provided by cardiologists in all locations: Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Yambol, Varna, Shumen, Stara Zagora and Sofia.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 17 million inhabitants of the planet (31%) die annually from cardiovascular diseases (CVD). For comparison, 8.2 million die from cancer, 4 million of diseases of the respiratory system and 1,5 million – from diabetes. WHO predicts that by 2030 more than 23 million inhabitants of the planet will have died from CVD. Countries with low or average GDP will be affected more severely by this trend.


863 billion US dollars are the funds allocated for the treatment of cardiovascular disease worldwide.

1 billion are smokers.

From 6 million to 1 billion has increased the number of people with uncontrolled blood pressure for the period 1980 – 2008.

42 million children are overweight.

23% of the adults on the planet do not practice sports actively.


For 10 years, the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute:

improved access to highly specialized health care;

reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease in the country;

built five highly specialized hospitals for treatment of cardiovascular diseases;

managed 7 medical centers for follow-up treatment of cardiovascular patients;

participates and conducts numerous clinical studies.

Best wishes for the World Health Day

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Holidays!

Your everyday efforts to improve people’s health and save people’s lives are and have always been worthy of respect!
All impediments we face with combined efforts every day to ensure that every Bulgarian has the right of access to the most up-to-date treatment and
quality life make us not only stronger, more united, better professionals, but are also a point of pride!
You are the pride of Bulgarian healthcare!
With best wishes for health, professional success and personal happiness!

The Executive Director of the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute and Director of SHATC Pleven received an Award for high patients’ trust

Special awards were given to the winners in the Annual Initiative of 24 hours daily: The physicians we trust.

The ceremony of awarding the diplomas to the physicians whom the Bulgarian patients trust most was held on the 25th of January, 2016 in the Plenary Hall of the National Assembly under the patronage of Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva, in the presence of the Minister of Health and MPs. The ceremony was followed by a discussion on the most pressing topics in the Bulgarian healthcare.

The campaign The physicians we trust was launched in 2011, and the aims is to honour each year by public vote the best Bulgarian specialists devoted to patient care. Their names and addresses of their employers are issued in a reference book. The book contains the nominations of physicians sent by the readers of the newspaper.

Care of the heart in winter – comments and advice from Assoc. Prof. Marchev

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sotir Marchev, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute, explains why winter conditions exacerbate cardiovascular problems and why people who take medicines for high blood and blood thinners should be more careful in the cold season. Associate Professor Marchev provides specific data from his practice: “As Director of SHATC in Pleven, I can give the following figures: in a cold month, the number of heart attacks is equal to those in a whole warm month – this year we have 24 people with myocardial infarction with ST elevation”.

You can watch the whole interview in the morning block of BNT here.

How does the winter affect human health? – comments and advices by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sotir Marchev

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sotir Marchev comments on the effects of the winter cold spells on the heart. The entire interview in the program “Face to Face” on bTV can be found here.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sotir Marchev: The electronics solves the problems of the heart for which the chemistry failed

The Executive Director of the Bulgarian Cardiac Institute explains the operation of various electronic devices which the cardiologists implant to help the patients with heart problems. Read the full interview here.

The Shumen Cardiology Hospital with a campaign for free examinations of the cardiovascular system

The SBALK Madara in Shumen organizes a campaign to free of charge cardiac examinations from November 26 to December 10. From the beginning of the year up to now 2 200 patients were admitted in the hospital, of which 703 were from areas outside Shumen region. Bookings are made on telephone numbers 054/801 260 and 0882 793 930. More information can be found here.