|SHAPE to Conduct Task Force Meeting on the Latest Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Science
SHAPE announces its upcoming meeting on Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in the Asymptomatic Population to be held on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Part of its ongoing series of scientific conferences on preventive cardiology through early detection of atherosclerosis, the meeting includes presentations by some of the most distinguished researchers, clinicians and academicians in the field including Morteza Naghavi, M.D., PK Shah, M.D., Matthew Budoff, M.D., Tasneem Naqvi, M.D., J. David Spence, M.D. and Harvey Hecht, M.D.
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For Immediate Release
SHAPE Petitions Texas Legislature to Name September 1st as 'Texas Blood Pressure Day'
The resolution is being introduced along with a new bill for blood pressure screening at Texas DPS Offices while applying or renewing drivers license.
Houston, Texas, Friday, March 29, 2013 – A Resolution to establish Texas Blood Pressure Day as an annual event each September 1st has been proposed to raise public awareness of the importance of knowing your blood pressure and risk of heart attack or stroke.
The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE), a Houston-based nonprofit that promotes early detection and prevention to reduce the risk of adverse cardiovascular events, recommends learning and monitoring your blood pressure as a critical first step in achieving and maintaining heart health.
In Texas, nearly 50,000 people died last year due to cardiovascular disease, most of which could have been prevented. This represents one of every four deaths in the state. Additionally, about 28% of Texans have high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure can lead to the build-up of plaque in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which is the primary cause of the more than one million heart attacks and strokes that occur annually in the U.S.
“Both blood pressure and atherosclerosis are silent killers, blood pressure is silent until heart failure or a stroke occurs, and atherosclerosis is silent until a heart attack or sudden death. The status quo pays doctors to treat patients after the damage occurs but does not pay them to detect and prevent it, this is not smart!” said Dr. Morteza Naghavi, the founder of SHAPE and the Executive Chairman of the SHAPE Task Force that calls for an overhaul of existing cardiovascular healthcare policies.
This Resolution, authored by Rep. José Menendez of the 124th District in San Antonio, calls for the annual recognition of the importance of knowing you blood pressure, as high blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart attacks and stroke”.. Read More