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DALLAS-The InterAmerican Heart Foundation⇓ (IHF) has begun a broad program of activities in its mission to “reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke in the Americas.” Since it was incorporated in 1995, the IHF has grown to 26 member organizations in 16 countries (see Table⇓). The foundation seeks to bring physicians, nurses, and other health professionals together with lay people into cooperative and coordinated efforts to fight cardiovascular disease (CVD). IHF programs concentrate on efforts to intervene against and mitigate the scientifically established risk factors for heart attack, stroke, infectious heart disease, congenital heart disease, and high blood pressure.
While many of the initial programs of the IHF are now directed toward medical and healthcare professionals, future programs will be developed for the general public in cooperation with its member organizations. Members now include foundations, associations, and professional societies in cardiology and other fields with an interest in prevention. Membership is open to any organization that wants to help in the fight against heart and blood vessel diseases in countries of the western hemisphere, including nations of the Caribbean.
The IHF issued its first medical and scientific recommendations for practicing doctors, Secondary Prevention of Coronary Disease and Other Vascular Diseases: A Proposal for Latin America, in 1996. Herman Schargrodsky, MD, …