Heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke are all on the rise in developing countries where rapidly increasing urbanization and Western eating habits have supplanted traditional rural life and fish-and-vegetable-based diets.

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, one of the world’s pre-eminent cardiologists and a former president of both the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation, is leading the campaign to combat this trend.

Dr. Fuster will expand upon his pioneering efforts as director of Mount Sinai Heart – such as a project involving 6,000 Colombian children aged three to seven that uses the Spanish-language version of “Sesame Street” to teach them the importance of good health – in developing both preventive and treatment strategies to curb the spread of cardiovascular and related illnesses.

Dr. Fuster is also working on the evaluation of the poly-pill, a medication that combines three critical cardiovascular medications in a single pill at a cost of less than $1.00 (USD) per day for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the developing world.

Read more about Mount Sinai Heart’s global impact.