Overview of the American Heart Association National Meeting in Orlando
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ORLANDO - The problems associated with cardiovascular disease can only be solved by partnership—with patients, federal, state and local governments, and other health care organizations, according to the American Heart Association’s leadership meeting here at the organization’s 70th scientific session.
“Advances in the understanding of genetics, physiology, pathophysiology, and disease have created new opportunities for clinical research,” said Martha Hill, RN, PhD, president of the American Heart Association. But this new knowledge will only have an effect if scientists and physicians can integrate behavioral and social sciences with the biomedical sciences. “This research transitions from the laboratory to new applications for diagnosis, therapy, and prevention in humans,” she said in her presentation during the opening session.
She called on the 37,000 meeting participants to lead the way in solving the problems of cardiovascular disease by:
* Embracing the scientific findings that are relevant to the AHA mission of reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease.
* Translating research not only from the bench to the bedside but also into the clinics, homes, and communities.
* Improving health behavior with the same zeal given to support for biomedical research.
* Protecting basic research funding and encouraging further work in the areas of behavioral science, epidemiology, and prevention.
* Communicating the possibilities for preventing and treating heart disease and stroke to members of Congress, state legislatures, and local governmental officials.
In aid of this, she said, the AHA is working to insure that the 7.1% increase for stroke and heart disease research currently in the federal budget stays there, and the organization is joining with others in pushing for a doubling of the budget of the National Institutes of Health by the year 2002. …