Mount Sinai Heart is partnering with several organizations and governmental institutions in projects designed to protect cardiovascular health worldwide:
- Sesame Street Education Project
In partnership with the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Workshop, Mount Sinai Heart is studying the effectiveness of an early intervention program in Colombia using "Plaza Sésamo," a Spanish-language version of "Sesame Street." The TV show is designed to help improve the health and health awareness of children ages 3 to 6.
- The project aims is to teach children to eat a healthy and varied diet, to increase their physical activity, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of a healthy human body — with particular emphasis on heart health.
- The Polypill Initiative
The polypill is an inexpensive three-in-one pill designed to prevent heart disease. The pill contains a low dose of aspirin, statin, and ACE inhibitor. Mount Sinai Heart researchers hope to make the polypill accessible not only to the high number of heart attack patients in the United States who stop taking their medication, but also to patients in developing nations, where the cost of medication is prohibitive.
Mount Sinai Heart is about to embark on two studies in three countries of varying socioeconomic wealth and access to health care. One study will determine if the polypill is effective in reducing cardiovascular disease, and the other will see if the pill improves adherence and accessibility to health care.
- Going Abroad to Prevent Another Epidemic
In many developing countries, the prevention and treatment of heart disease is still in its infancy. This project will determine whether people in developing countries can be influenced to buy into a heart-healthy lifestyle before unhealthy Western behaviors set in.
Mount Sinai Heart has embarked on a series of global projects in developing nations to forestall heart disease. By addressing risk factors early on with preventive interventions, such as education and treatment, researchers hope that the rate of heart disease can be slowed before it reaches the epidemic proportions found in industrialized nations.
- Grenada Heart Project
Is it possible to stem a developing epidemic of cardiovascular disease? Mount Sinai Heart Director Dr. Valentin Fuster is working with the World Heart Federation to profile risk factors in Grenada and set the stage for a population-based intervention.
The Caribbean island of Grenada is at a pivot point in the fight against heart disease. Because Grenada is rapidly industrializing, behaviors are changing. Fewer people get exercise by walking, and more people are eating foods that are bad for heart health.
- In this project, 10,000 people in Grenada will receive risk evaluations, community education, and preventive interventions in hopes of reversing their growing risk of heart disease. If successful, the project could lead to the development of a world model to instill heart-healthy behaviors.
- Millennium Villages Cardiovascular Disease Project
In conjunction with the United Nations Millennium Villages Project, Mount Sinai Heart is studying villages in Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda, where smoking and high blood pressure have reached alarming levels. The project provides a unique opportunity to establish a model framework for elementary school prevention of cardiovascular disease in developing countries. As part of the study, health care professionals are measuring the impact and cost of prevention interventions. The pilot project is being conducted in cooperation with the Millennium Villages Project and the government of Rwanda.