“What would happen if society were able to modify its current routines and acquire healthy habits?”

After a lifetime devoted to medicine and research, Dr. Valentín Fuster de Carulla currently combines roles as General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Physician-in-Chief at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and President of SHE Foundation, is convinced that a change in the population’s lifestyle is the only way to avoid the spread of cardiovascular diseases, which are a real epidemic and the main cause of death in the world.

Factors such as obesity, alcohol addictions, smoking and other drug-taking have become the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease, leading year after year to a considerable increase in the number of people suffering from it.

Faced with this evidence and based on the experience gained over his career, Dr. Valentín Fuster promoted the creation of SHE in 2009, a non-profit foundation that, focused on basic and clinical research (Science), is aimed at promoting healthy habits (Health) through communication and Education of the population.With this purpose, the SHE Foundation devotes its efforts to creating a frame of reference for what an education in health, stressing the acquisition of healthy habits from childhood, means and involves, to promote a world in which children, young people and adults have the ability to act positively regarding their health. Because if society reduces risks, the impact of cardiovascular diseases will be also reduced.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world.

– The main cardiovascular risk factor for both adults and children is obesity and its associated factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which stem from an inadequate diet and low levels of physical activity.

– Addictions to alcohol, smoking and other drugs are also important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The proliferation of these unsatisfactory habits among the general population increases year after year the number of cardiovascular diseases.

– Longer life expectancy, due to more advanced medicine and new technologies, is causing an unsustainable social and economic burden on our society.

Experts agree that the only way to avoid the spread of these diseases is a change in the lifestyle of the general public and awareness-raising of the need to promote healthy habits.

The challenge is how to move on from treating the disease towards preventive health care.