American Heart Association and the Brazilian Society of Cardiology Partner to Tackle the World’s Largest Killer

November 30, 2012 Categories: Advisories & Comments, Advocacy News
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 1, 2012 – The American Heart Association and the Brazilian Cardiology Society today announced they will expand their partnership to address cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke in Latin America’s largest country.  In a joint “Letter from Rio,” issued from the Brazilian Cardiology Society’s III Prevention Congress, the two organizations acknowledge the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases, and recognize the central role leading medical associations have in reversing the global burden of CVD and stroke.
The association and the society already have a long standing relationship focused on fostering scientific exchange and building in-country capacity for health care professionals in emergency cardiac care.  Moving forward, the two organizations will strengthen their collaborative efforts to advocate for an increased focus on CVD control, prevention and the development of joint initiatives that will support prevention efforts in the country.
“The Brazilian Cardiology Society is excited to partner with the American Heart Association and be change agents in our country to encourage individuals to make the smart choices that will help them protect their health,” said Dr. Jadelson Pinheiro de Andrade, president of the society.  “Given the global political will that exists to address chronic disease, we believe we have an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness and take action in our joint mission to address heart disease.”
Cardiovascular disease currently kills about 17.3 million people around the world each year and Brazil is among one of the countries in the region of the Americas where heart disease is disproportionately affecting people under 60.  The partnership will recognize that every sector has a critical role to play in reducing the impact of cardiovascular disease and strokes and empowering individuals with information to make heart healthy choices in their lives. 
The Prevention Congress will feature several leadership volunteers from the American Heart Association who will present the latest science and research in primary and secondary interventions related to heart disease. The opening ceremony will highlight the association’s global Go Red for Women campaign which marks its 10th year anniversary in 2013.
“Women will play a central role in any country’s efforts to address heart health and we see a great opportunity in partnering with the Brazilian Cardiology Society on this campaign,” said American Heart Association President Donna Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
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