Take the road to a healthy heart this World Heart Day

Heart disease and stroke are the world’s two leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives annually. In China, heart disease is the number one killer. 

The importance of a life-long approach to prevention and control of cardiovascular disease is the focus of World Heart Day in 2013 – mobilising people to take the road to a healthy heart.

Researchers at The George Institute for Global Health are committed to driving innovation in heart disease treatment, preventing repeat heart attacks, identifying ways to lower cardiovascular disease risk factors in developing countries, and finding ways to improve health outcomes for global living with heart disease.

The flagship project, China Rural Health Initiatives(CRHI), is to develop, implement, and evaluate effective, low-cost, and sustainable interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention and management suitable for widespread implementation in rural China. “In China, the rural region faces enormous burden of premature cardiovascular disease, low awareness, poor control and limited resources.” Says Prof. Lijing.L.Yan, deputy director of The George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center. “CRHI is taking two approaches to reduce the risk for a heart attack or stroke for people living in five rural provinces in Northern China: one is to train local village doctors to identify and manage patients who are already at high risk for a cardiovascular event; the other is a community-based strategy to educate communities on sodium and how to reduce it in their diets so that they can lead a full and healthy life.”

Another project developed to assist in heart disease management in China is The Clinical Pathways in Acute Coronary Syndromes in China Study (CPACS), a three-part study that focuses on how hospitals in China manage acute coronary syndromes (ACS) which covers a range of heart-related conditions following acute myocardial ischemia, or heart attack. Shenshen Li, the project manager of CPACS-3, introduces, “We identify the deficiencies in the health care services provided by the hospitals and doctors to the patients, design and implement standard operation procedure, therefore reduces the rate of misdiagnosis, improves the efficiency and accuracy of the hospital system, and ensures that the patients receive better services and long-term outcomes.”

The George Institute advocates for positive, proactive heart health and celebrates World Heart Day with the global population on Sunday 29 September 2013

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