Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 13, 2011
SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (http://www.shapesociety.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes early detection and preventive intervention to eradicate heart attack, is hosting a VIP fun / educational / fundraising event to further its cause, the eradication of heart attack.
The event will be held with Damian’s Cucina Italiana, and Serravalle in Chianti Vineyards on Wednesday, October 26th.
To view the invitation, RSVP, purchase tickets, sponsor event, and/or make donations, please go to: http://www.shapesociety.org/getinvolved.html
SHAPE advocates the widespread adoption of screening to identify asymptomatic (healthy-looking) individuals who have atherosclerosis (hidden plaque buildup) and are, therefore, at risk of a heart attack and stroke but totally unaware. The SHAPE Task Force explicitly declares atherosclerosis as a disease that must be detected and treated regardless of risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc). The SHAPE Guideline recommends two non-invasive atherosclerosis screening tests for men over age 45 and women over age 55: either coronary artery calcification scoring (CACS) by a computed tomography (CT) scan or carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) scanning by ultrasound. Both tests have been shown to assess an asymptomatic individual’s heart attack risk more effectively than risk factors of atherosclerosis such as cholesterol and blood pressure.
The SHAPE organization pursues the following activities:
- Education and dissemination of the SHAPE Guidelines designed to find and assist all individuals who are at risk for heart attack - with special focus on the asymptomatic individual. SHAPE is, in fact, the only heart health organization dedicated to at-risk, asymptomatic individuals.
- SHAPE Symposia for cardiovascular professionals conducted twice a year that review current medical research and trends.
- SHAPE Public Education Programs including a leading-edge interactive website where both medical professionals and the community can access the latest research in the battle to defeat heart attack.
- The SHAPE Clinic, our signature initiative, will help conduct, standardize and proliferate non-invasive screening of all asymptomatic men 45-75 years of age and asymptomatic women 55-75 years of age to detect those with subclinical atherosclerosis and direct them toward preventative treatment. These are the very individuals who, currently, are arriving in our ERs with unpredicted sudden heart attack.
- Professional education for the development of the "Polypill" and a vaccine for atherosclerosis as future population-based strategies for the eradication of heart attack.
SHAPE’s flagship fundraising event is “Golf FORE Heart” spearheaded by a distinguished marine attorney in Baltimore, JoAnne Zawitoski. Zawitoski lost her husband to a sudden heart attack at age 49, after he had just been seen by his doctor, but the doctor failed to test him for hidden plaque buildup. JoAnne took the pain to make a difference and help save others’ lives. She reached out to SHAPE founder Dr. Morteza Naghavi in 2006, and since then has held four major Golf FORE Heart fundraising events in collaboration with Port of America, which benefited SHAPE as well as the American Heart Association. In 2010, JoAnne was elected as the first Chairwoman of SHAPE. “We are delighted to see the Damian’s family stepping up to hold our first such fundraising in Houston, and look forward to having many more with others”, said the SHAPE Chairwoman.
Among their fundraising needs, SHAPE conducts professional training and certification programs, speaks to business leadership groups, works with employer groups in educating their employees, and speaks to physician groups and conferences.
To date in 2011, SHAPE has touched over 4,000 lives directly in the general community, and nearly 100,000 physicians - potentially saving millions of lives.
Coming up next in 2011, SHAPE is conducting a Satellite Symposium at the American Heart Association Conference on November 13th entitled, “SHAPE and the Million Hearts Initiative: Detection and Treatment of the Asymptomatic Vulnerable Patient.” For more Symposium information, contact: Jay Donnella, Executive Director of SHAPE at 713-529-4484 or email: info(at)shapesociety(dot)org
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
About the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE):
The mission of SHAPE (http://www.shapesociety.org) is to eradicate heart attack by championing new strategies for prevention while advancing the scientific quest for a cure. SHAPE visualizes a world free from the threat of heart attack. The goals of SHAPE are to reduce the instances of heart attack - especially in the asymptomatic patient - through education programs presented to both healthcare professionals and the community. SHAPE believes that education and ongoing research are key elements in the success of programs designed to go beyond the norm in the early detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
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