Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) have surpassed communicable diseases as the number one health problem of developing nations. Cardiovascular diseases account for approximately 80% of NCDs. The first United Nations Summit of the NCD Alliance in September 2011 will challenge the governments of the world to address NCDs in their countries.

The mission of the One Heart Global Cardiovascular Alliance is to provide a collaborative, comprehensive, broad-based approach to cardiovascular disease through research, risk assessment, and programming in Education, Prevention, and Treatment.

Why create an alliance?
Many NGOs and government organizations produce guidelines and policies, but they have no implementation structure, or “feet on the ground.” Additionally, individual governments are not prepared with the financial capital or human resources to confront and impact the need for cardiovascular services in their communities. And finally, medical philanthropy is changing. Manufacturer donors are encountering stricter regulatory constraints, and financial donors favor projects affecting large populations and 501(c)3 charitable organizations with measurable outcomes.

How does an alliance work?
Through its Pacemaker Program’s global network of doctors and hospitals, Heartbeat International has a global “footprint” in emerging countries and is already working with medically under served populations. Expansion of services is not only feasible but can be easily facilitated by the current structure of Heartbeat International Heart Centers around the world.

The One Heart Global Cardiovascular Alliance  would be comprised of individual strategic alliances between Heartbeat International Foundation, other cardiovascular organizations and the government of the target country/population.

An assessment of services needed would be prioritized, and then specific programs would be designed jointly with expectations and roles for each of the parties. Heartbeat International staff would facilitate and coordinate the participation of alliance members, in order to implement the specific program through our Heart Center in a specific country. After successful implementation of a project, continuation of care would be provided by local nationals involved with the Heartbeat International Heart Center.

There are many other organizations doing notable work to fight different aspects of cardiovascular disease. We propose the implementation of a multi-disciplinary approach, with the creation of strategic alliances, in order to maximize co-operation, minimize competition for resources, and expand services. Each organization makes its unique contribution.

What services would an alliance provide?
The impact of alliance members working together on a common goal will effectively address the entire spectrum of services associated with the fight against CVD.

Education and Prevention programming would be better implemented in a greater number of areas to help inform populations about CVD, the risk factors, and the most effective prevention techniques.
When Treatment is necessary, the expansion of services in each area would allow for clinic and outreach based risk assessment and exams, noninvasive and invasive diagnostic testing, therapeutic solutions, coronary intervention such as PCI and stents, cardiac surgery for both adult and pediatric population, and implantation of pacing devices.

The result of such an alliance will transform humanitarian efforts in the fight against CVD. The screening of populations will lead to a better understanding of what is needed in public health policy, education, and diagnostic and intervention care, which will allow appropriate governmental economic planning.

Additionally, a cohesive alliance will produce a more effective and efficient approach with more measurable and comprehensive outcomes affecting a greater portion of the world’s under served populations.

In June 2011, the Board of Directors of Heartbeat International approved the expansion of our scope of services, the first step in creating the One Heart Global Cardiovascular Alliance .

We continue to seek the support of other charities and NGOs, cardiovascular societies, medical schools, both public and private medical facilities, healthcare policymakers, economists, government and of course the pharmaceutical and medical device Industry.

Heartbeat International Announces its first One Heart Global Cardiovascular Alliance Project: Professional Medical Education Symposium in Monterrey, Mexico on June 26, 2014. Heartbeat International Foundation, Inc., Heartbeat International of Mexico, the Cardiology Society of Monterrey, Mexico and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, are pleased to announce the first One Heart Global Cardiovascular Alliance project. These institutions have combined to create a professional medical education symposium that will take place on June 26, 2014 in Monterrey, Mexico. This event delivers on the promise of the One Heart Global Cardiovascular Alliance. The symposium, a powerful information and training session, will highlight state of the art developments in cardiology and Electrophysiology via the model of international collaboration. The morning and afternoon sessions will take place at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon and are expected to be attended by 150-200 medical professionals – primarily cardiologists and internists. The sessions, and panel discussions, will cover topics including state of the art developments and advancements in metabolic stress testing, the identification of inflammation markers, PVC and VT Ablation, Sudden Death and ICD Indications, and Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. Presenters for these sessions include Dr. Felix Cedillo, Head of Continuing Medical Education at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon School of Medicine; Dr. Jorge Bahena, Chairman, Heartbeat International of Mexico; Dr. Thomas Crawford, Heartbeat International Foundation Medical Director; Dr. Rakesh Lathamsetty, University of Michigan School of Medicine; Dr. Sundeep Chaudry, Metabolic Testing Services Corp.; and Dr. Benedict Maniscalco, Chairman, Heartbeat International Foundation. An evening session will also be convened and co-hosted by the Cardiology Society of Monterrey. Dr. Thomas Crawford will discuss Advances in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy for an audience of several dozen cardiologists and electrophysiologists.