How Can We Prevent Heart Disease?

Dr. Valentin Fuster discusses the rise of cardiovascular disease in the developing world, where the percentage of people who die from heart disease has reached the same levels as in the industrialized countries. In the developed world it is common medical practice to prescribe 3 drugs to treat coronary related health problems, statins, ACE-inhibitors and aspirin. The average cost per day for this treatment is $2 to $2.50 a day. While this is an acceptable cost in the industrialized world it is unaffordable to the majority of people in poorer countries, where cardiac disease has become a leading killer. Also, the age of death for these cardiac patients is at a younger age than in industrialized nations due to lack of treatment.

Dr. Fuster suggests that a solution lies in the development of a Polypill one pill that combines the benefits of all three drugs in one pill and that costs as little as $1 a month. The Polypill also addresses another important health issue compliance. Only a minority of patients continue to take all three medications as prescribed after 3 years. The Polypill simplifies drug maintenance by combining three medications into one pill.

Dr. Valentin Fuster is the former Presidents of the World Heart Federation and The American Heart Association. Dr. Fuster also serves Director of both The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.


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