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Featured Open Lecture - September/October 2018
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Introducing Featured Open Lectures

This is a new initiative from the Society to highlight our online educational platform EAS ACADEMY. Every other month we select one interesting lecture from a recent course or Congress and make it available for free, to members and non-members.

Open Lecture September/October 2018

This presentation was given in the frame of a Plenary Session entitled “Risk Factors and Predictors for Cardiovascular Disease” at the 86th EAS Congress in Lisbon 2018, by Professor Valentin Fuster. Prof. Fuster is a a world-wide recognized Professor of Cardiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA, specialized in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Starting his lecture, Prof. Fuster, points out that he is going to address mostly health rather than disease. He emphasizes that it is significant to move from disease towards health, since on economic basis, to treat disease is very expensive while to prevent disease and promote health is much more economic. The technology used to address health is the same to that used to address disease, ie omics imaging, behavior. He presents various studies in which imaging techniques were used and genomic analyses were performed to identify subclinical atherosclerosis in the heart and the brain in various ages, and it was correlated with classic risk factors such a hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, etc. He focuses on the heart integration with the brain, especially in the young ages, discusses the relationship between cognitive dysfunction and cerebral microvasculature and asks the question whether it is possible to improve cardiovascular health be changing behavior.

Prof. Fuster emphasizes that it is important to educate very young children (3-6 years) to have healthy habits, since at this age their behavior is influenced by the environment and they can easily learn what you teach them. He closes his lecture presenting the design of a new study in very young children in which imaging studies and genomic analyses will be performed in parallel with the determination of other parameters such as the environment, microbiome and inflammasome, in an effort to understand what health is and to determine whether it is possible to improve it by changing behavior. It is a very comprehensive lecture you should not miss.

 

Free access to the lecture will be open until October 31.

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