"Stopping Heart Disease Before It Starts" - Sheila Dougherty
When you think of someone with cardiovascular problems, a preschooler isn’t the image that’s likely to spring to mind. The Mount Sinai Health System kicked off its Familia Program in 2015 with the aim to reaching kids at this critical stage and teaching them to make healthy choices, setting them up for a heart-healthy lifestyle that will reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular problems when they are adults. Valentin Fuster, MD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, director of Mount Sinai Heart at the Zena and Michal A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute has pioneered similar successful programs in Colombia and Spain. “The children listen, and you have a tremendous impact spending many hours really teaching health. And in the adults, we prove it's the community work. The adults need community, other people to really get engaged and to be motivated,” said Dr. Fuster.
- Valentin Fuster, MD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health