The Society for Heart Attack Prevention & Eradication (SHAPE) is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes public and professional education for early detection of individuals with atherosclerotic plaques that are at risk of heart attacks and stroke but have no symptoms. These individuals who are unaware of their risk are often misclassified by traditional methods (measuring risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure). Sadly every year approximately 600,000 of these asymptomatic individuals in the US and millions worldwide lose their life to a sudden heart attack or stroke. SHAPE is committed to saving these lives by raising awareness of the need for screening to detect asympotomatic atherosclerosis.
SHAPE's mission is to eradicate heart attacks and stroke by championing new strategies for prevention while advancing the scientific quest for a cure such as vaccines for heart attack. Heart attacks and stroke can and should be eradicated in our lifetime.
Primary Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease:
Noninvasive Screening - Polypill Therapy - Vaccination
SHAPE Observes First "Texas Blood Pressure Day" Event by Urging Everyone to Check for High Blood Pressure Regularly
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious condition that, if untreated, can worsen over time, leading to coronary heart disease, heart failure, aneurysms, stroke and kidney failure.
HOUSTON, TX - August 26, 2013 - Approximately one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure and more than 20% don't even know they have it. Known as the silent killer, there are often no symptoms until the heart, arteries, and other organs are already damaged. And because of the obesity epidemic, more and more children are developing high blood pressure at earlier and earlier ages.
SHAPE Advisor, Dr. Valentin Fuster Named Editor Of The Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology
SHAPE applauds the American College of Cardiology's decision to appoint Dr. Fuster to be the next editor-in-chief of the JACC, its acclaimed peer-reviewed publication.
(PRWEB) August 21, 2013 - The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) is pleased to congratulate Dr. Valentin Fuster, renowned cardiologist and scientific investigator, on being named the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). He will succeed the current editor, Anthony DeMaria, M.D., beginning in 2014.
SHAPE Task Force Applauds President Bush's Medical Team for Recognizing Value of Screening to Prevent Heart Attacks
"It's tragic that all Americans can't benefit from such life-saving screening tests because most insurance companies do not pay for it."
|August 8, 2013 - The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) congratulates President Bush on his return to good health after undergoing surgery to treat a blocked coronary artery using a stent. Also to be recognized is the President's medical team that performed the original CT screening for coronary calcium in 2004 as part of his annual physical exam. When the results of this noninvasive imaging procedure found a small amount of calcification (indicating plaque build-up) in the President's coronary arteries he was prescribed a daily aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medication.|
SHAPE Announces the Availability of Presentations from its Recent Task Force Meeting
On May 10, the Shape II Task Force met to participate in scientific updates and to hear presentations by Matthew J. Budoff, MD and J. David Spence, MD
HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) May 27, 2013 – The mission of the Society for Heart Attack Prevention & Eradication (SHAPE) is to eradicate heart attacks and stroke by championing new strategies for prevention while advancing the scientific quest for a cure.
To help fulfill its mission, SHAPE has embarked on a series of scientific conferences designed to maintain up-to-date awareness of novel devices and guidelines for early detection of heart attacks and stroke as well as updates to ongoing clinical trials.
On Friday, May 10, the task force met via web conference to hear presentations from some of SHAPE's world renowned scientists and clinician advisers and to discuss the following areas of interest:
• New data on noninvasive imaging of atherosclerosis using coronary artery calcium scoring
• New data on noninvasive imaging of atherosclerosis using CIMT
• 3D carotid imaging & measurement of plaque volume and total plaque area
• Coronary calcium scanning - implications of score progression risk
SHAPE intends to convene its task force quarterly and an announcement will be sent in late summer.
To view these talks, please click on the following link to access the Youtube file: