AEHA and its SHAPE Task Force are made up of leading cardiologists and researchers from around the world.
The AEHA SHAPE Task Force is chaired by Morteza Naghavi, M.
Originated from the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the AEHA is a non-profit organization that promotes education and research related to mechanism, prevention, detection and treatment of heart attacks.
Harvey Hecht, a member of the AEHA
SHAPE Task Force and director of preventive cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
One component of the AEHA Program is educating parents on the importance of regular vision check-ups for their children.
The AEHA Program encourages parents to bring their children in for back-to-school eye exams to ensure that their children are ahead of the learning curve.
We designed the AEHA Program to promote eye care for consumers of all ages -- after all, it's never too early to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear," said Philip R.
AEHA is hopeful that Former President Clinton will agree to join the campaign for its National SHAPE Program.
In addition to advocating the new screening strategy for early detection of the vulnerable patients, AEHA is promoting a new line of research for development of vaccination and immune modulation strategies for prevention and treatment of fat build-up (atherosclerotic plaque) in the arteries.
points to two methods currently in use as effective ways to assess structure and function: coronary calcium score using a CAT scan, which is used to determine the burden of plaque build-up in coronary arteries, and thickness of the carotid artery measured by ultrasound which correlates with an individual's total burden of arterial plaque build-up or atherosclerosis.
AEHA recently unveiled the three-step National Screening for Heart Attack Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Program, which would include assessment of traditional risk factors through the Framingham Risk Score and CRP testing for everyone over age 35; non-invasive imaging, such as a CT scan for those ranked as high risk through the Framingham Risk Score and or CRP; and intra-vascular ultrasound imaging for those found to have a high total plaque burden by CT.
In a symposium held by AEHA in conjunction with the annual gathering of the American College of Cardiology in March 2004, faculties of the symposium called on America and Europe to consider screening for the prevention of heart attacks.