The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, in concert with Mount Sinai Heart, is leading the campaign to combat the menacing cardiovascular trends that are on the increase globally.
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.
Our director, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, engages his team in pioneering efforts around the world, including 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.
The Institute is also involved in evaluating 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.
The Institute and Mount Sinai Heart partner with several organizations and governmental institutions in projects designed to protect cardiovascular health worldwide: