Resolving gaps and challenges for health policy to protect the heart and circulation: London 7th December 2017 at RIBA

A joint policy symposium organised by the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust in partnership with the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine will take place in London on Thursday 7th December at RIBA.

The meeting is of interest to health professionals and to others interested in ways to improve prevention of heart disease and stroke.
Attendance at the meeting is free on registration (see link below).

See speaker abstracts and biographies

Register for the symposium

Diseases of the heart and circulation are the commonest preventable cause of disability and death in the UK and elsewhere in the developed world. Heart and circulatory disorders are also rapidly overtaking communicable diseases as serious health problems in less developed countries.

Speaker Professor Kornelia Kotseva from Imperial College in London said: “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of mortality accounting for 17.5 million deaths every year globally and 4.3 million deaths every year in Europe. The proportion of all deaths attributable to CVD is greater among women (49%) than in men (40%), with large geographic inequalities between countries.”

Speaker Professor Alison Halliday from the University of Oxford added: “Stroke causes many thousands of deaths in the UK every year and is the country’s leading cause of disability. Billions of pounds are spent on treating the causes and the results of stroke – hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, but the greatest risk factor is age, and, despite attention to known modifiable risk factors, the numbers of new and recurrent strokes have not fallen significantly in recent years. “.

The symposium will include talks by 2 surgeons, a health economist and several physicians, with speakers from UK, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Spain, the latter published recent work on benefts of the Mediterranean diet for the health of the heart, brain and circulation.

Speakers at this symposium will considers gaps and challenges in limiting the occurrence and severity of disorders of the heart and circulation and the extent to which health policy is supporting health professionals in efforts to help the public to remain as heart healthy as possible.


9am Registration and coffee

9.50am  Welcome

Session 1
Chair: Professor Allister Vale, University of Birmingham

Controlling hypertension
Professor Bernard Cheung, University of Hong Kong, Editor, Postgraduate Medical Journal

Cardiovascular heart disease prevention in everyday clinical practice – can we do better?
Professor Kornelia Kotseva, Imperial College, London

11am Coffee

Session 2
Chair, Professor Donald Singer, London

Mediterranean Diet to prevent heart disease
Professor Ramon Estruch, University of Barcelona, Spain

Discussion Panel 1: Preventing heart disease
Professor Bernard Cheung, Professor Kornelia Kotseva, Professor Ramon Estruch
Chair: Dr David Slovick, London

12.45pm  Lunch

Session 3
Co-chairs, Prof Donald Singer and Dr David Slovick

2.00pm                        |
How fit for purpose is UK Party policy on preventing heart and circulatory disease?
Professor Donald Singer, FPM, London

Personalising heart medicines to improve cardiovascular health: is precision medicine always cost-effective versus one-size-fits-all medicine?
Professor Ken Redekop, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Heart Surgery in developing countries
Mr Wade Dimitri, University of Warwick

3.30 pm  Coffee

Session 4
Chair, Professor Donald Singer, London

4.00 pm
Carotid disease and stroke prevention
Professor Alison Halliday, University of Oxford

4.30 pm
Discussion panel 2: Gaps in policy to prevent heart and vascular disease
Professor Ken Redekop, Mr Wade Dimitri, Professor Alison Halliday
Chair: Donald Singer, London

5.00 pm  Close

Papers from the symposium will be published after peer-review in the journals of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology.

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