SHAPE Doctors Support Million Hearts™

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Task Force Calls for Screening to Detect and Treat the Asymptomatic Vulnerable Patients, and will conduct a Dinner and Satellite Symposium in conjunction with the 2011 annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association on November 13th in Orlando, FL.

SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (, a nonprofit organization that promotes early detection and preventive intervention to eradicate heart attack, will conduct a Dinner and Satellite Symposium in conjunction with the 2011 annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association on November 13th entitled, “SHAPE and Million Hearts™: Detection and Treatment of the Asymptomatic Vulnerable Patient.”

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services and many public and private partners to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

Janet Wright M.D. FACC, the Executive Director of Million Hearts™ will be a featured speaker, along with the following members of the SHAPE Task Force:

Daniel Berman, M.D.
Director of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology
Cedars-Sinai, Medical Center,
Los Angeles, CA

Mathew Budoff, M.D.
Vice President, Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging,
Professor of Medicine and Director of Preventive Cardiology,
UCLA Harbor,
Los Angeles, CA

Raimund Erbel, M.D. FAHA, FESC, FACC, FASE            
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
West-German Heart Center
University Duisburg-Essen

Erling Falk, M.D.
Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Pathology,
Aarhus University Hospital,
Aarhus, Denmark

Harvey Hecht, M.D.
Director of Preventive Cardiology
Beth Israel Medical Center & Continuum Heart Institute,
NY Professor of Clinical Medicine,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Morteza Naghavi, M.D.
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the SHAPE Task Force
Director, American Heart Technologies
Houston, TX

P.K. Shah, M.D.
Professor and Director, Cardiology Division
and Atherosclerosis Research Center
Cedars-Sinai, Medical Center,
Los Angeles, CA

Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.
Director of outcomes research at the
American Cardiovascular Research Institute,
Atlanta, GA

Click here to view the Agenda, and Register for the Dinner and Symposium:

SHAPE enthusiastically supports Million Hearts™ as a national effort to bring together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

“Million Hearts™ is a far reaching initiative bringing focus and alignment to the goals of both clinical and community environments. With key partnerships, Million Hearts™ has the potential to change the cardiovascular health of the nation. We are excited to help promote this critical effort" said JoAnne Zawitoski, SHAPE Chairman.

Based on research findings of the EISNER trial (Early Identification of Subclinical Atherosclerosis by Noninvasive Imaging Research), headed by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Cedars-Sinai‘s S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Department, once alerted to their true risk of heart attack, high risk and vulnerable yet asymptomatic individuals exhibit higher levels of compliance to therapies than the general population with risk factors who are unaware of their atherosclerotic plaque status. This alone can have an enormous impact on reducing the incidence of heart attack.

In September, SHAPE issued a letter to the Director of CDC offering support to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Million Hearts Initiative.

To view the letter, go to:

For more 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 ( 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.

For additional information, contact:
Jay Donnella
Executive Director

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