"Heightened Efforts For Screening Interventions May Decrease Global CVD Burden" - Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommended that improvements of detection and treatment methods and decreasing the effects of risk factors may reduce global CVD burden, according to a report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “All countries are vulnerable to threats from infectious diseases and to the chronic negative economic and health impacts of noncommunicable diseases, such as CVD,” said Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician in chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “There are opportunities for shared innovation and universal purpose as countries strive to develop best practices and strong health care systems.” Risk factor interventions such as tax increases on cigarettes and sugar-sweetened beverages, screening programs in high-traffic areas and the integration of additional services into the health care visits, may also contribute to reducing CVD burden, Dr. Fuster and colleagues wrote. “Early detection can prompt behavioral changes, promote regular health visits and improve medical management,” added Dr. Fuster.
- Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, Physician in Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital