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Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health

Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health Valentin Fuster and Bridget B. Kelly, Editors; Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease: Meeting the Challenges in Developing Countries; Institute of Medicine

About 10 years ago, in an address as the newly appointed President of the American Heart Association (AHA), I alluded to three serious challenges facing the field of cardiovascular disease: (1) How to support and energize research, which is so crucial to preventing the still evolving epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD)? (2) Is it realistic to expect that this global epidemic can be lessened or avoided solely by professional and public education, or is there a need for more aggressive implementation strategies at a global level? (3) Would a more integrated and cooperative global approach, involving many if not all of the national and international organizations represented at the AHA Scientific Sessions, maximize the effectiveness of individual organizations and their volunteers?

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