Special Edition: AHA Science News - Fall 2012 - Brazil and Great Wall Meetings

Updated:Dec 21,2012

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Fall 2012: Brazil and Great Wall Meetings

AHA’s President Shares Key Messages at International Cardiovascular Meetings

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Important opportunities for collaboration exist internationally where existing AHA programs might help other countries address their cardiovascular disease and stroke health agendas and public health policies. Plans are underway to identify collaborative projects to support the global goal to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025. The following are examples of how AHA is working toward this goal.

67th Congress of the Brazilian Cardiology Society, September 2012:
American Heart Association (AHA) President, Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH, was one of the premiere invited international speakers to the September 2012 meeting of the 67th Congress of the Brazilian Cardiology Society.  She focused her messages on the impact of cardiovascular translational research in clinical practice and new strategies to address obesity and shared AHA’s Life Simple 7 program. 
3rd Brazil PREVENT Conference and 1st Latin American Forum on Cardiovascular Prevention:
In November 2012, the American Heart Association,  the Brazilian Cardiology Society, the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology , the World Heart Federation, and the European Society of Cardiology collaborated to convene  the 3rd Brazil PREVENT Conference and the 1st Latin American Forum on Cardiovascular Prevention. AHA President, Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH, presented a key note message about prevention entitled “From the Bench to the Patient Side: Lessons from the Past, Challenges of the Present and The future of Cardiovascular Prevention in the USA.”. Other AHA presenters included Lynne Braun, PhD, Mary Cushman, MD, and Susan Lakoski, MD. One outcome of this meeting  is a joint “Letter from Rio” signed by the presidents of 5 cardiology societies issued from the Brazilian Cardiology Society’s III Prevention Congress, acknowledging the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases, and recognizing the central role leading medical associations have in reversing the global burden of CVD and stroke. 
News Release  |  Letter from Rio PDF file  
PREVENT conference attendees (left to right):  AHA President, Dr. Donna Arnett,
PREVENT conference attendees (left to right):  AHA President, Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH, AHA Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Chair, Lynne Braun, RN, PhD, AHA Council Operations Committee Chair, Mary Cushman, MD, Georgina Romelia Del Valle (International Best Abstract), Argentina, and Roberta Franca de Carvalho (Brasilian Best Abstract), and Susan Lakoski, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont.
The 23rd Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology, held jointly with the Asia Pacific Heart Association, was held in Beijing, China in October 2012. American Heart Association President Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH, represented AHA in the opening lecture session and as moderator for additional sessions. Her messages included Primordial Prevention of NCD: Whole-Population Strategy for Improving Public Health, stroke prevention, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation and secondary prevention. 
 
Below are scenes from the Great Wall meeting. In addition to the leadership from the Chinese societies, attendees and participants included Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH, American Heart Association President; Panos E. Vardas, MD, PhD, President of the European Society of Cardiology; Hu Dayi, MD, Past President of Chinese Cardiology Society; William Zoghbi, MD, President of the American College of Cardiology; AHA Basic Cardiovascular Sciences chair and vice-chair, Walter J. Koch, PhD, and Joshua M. Hare, MD; and Yibin Wang, PhD.
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