HEARTS in the Americas introduces the new Cardiovascular Risk Calculator App

HEARTS in the Americas introduces the new Cardiovascular Risk Calculator App
CVD Risk Calculator App

The Pan American Health Organization invites you to participate in the virtual launch of the  new CVD Risk Calculator App, that will be introduced by the Initiative HEARTS in the Americas on Friday, 18 June 2021, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm (EDT).

This webinar will present the new version of the calculator and its updates, along with insights on CVD risk evaluation. In addition, a successful implementation case of HEARTS in the Americas will be presented.




More people die from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) than from any other cause. Improve hypertension management is central to reduce the CVD burden. The optimization of the CVD risk evaluation is critical for both primary and secondary CVD prevention.

In 2019, the World Health Organization published the cardiovascular disease risk charts for 21 global regions. The Initiative HEARTS in the Americas, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S, transformed the published color-coded charts into an online electronic calculator for computers and smartphones, updating the previous PAHO CVD Calculator app (2014).The CVD Calculator App estimates the 10-year risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death. 

By 2025, the HEARTS will be the model for cardiovascular disease risk management, including hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia in primary health care in the Americas. HEARTS in the Americas will be the front-line program to strengthen, integrate, and improve the quality of care for Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in primary health care (PHC) in the recovery post-COVID 19. The Initiative is currently implementing in 16 countries, with 739 primary health care centers participating within an aggregate catchment area of over 8 million people. 




  • Primary Health Care Providers from all institutions, including centers implementing HEARTS.  
  • Professional Societies of Cardiology, Hypertension, Family Medicine and others. 
  • Ministers of Health personnel, including the areas of Primary Care, Noncommunicable Diseases, and Health Technologies. 


How to participate


  • DATE: Friday, 18 June, 2021
  • TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 pm (EDT) [see time correspondence below]
  • REGISTER: https://paho-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OdrP9E0oRx2xGadAqxg9Qg
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.
  • LANGUAGE: The session will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese with simultaneous translation.









Moderator: Dr. Pedro Ordúñez  –  Regional Advisor on Noncommunicable Diseases. HEARTS Program in the Americas. (PAHO)

  • HEARTS in the Americas on the path toward the institutionalization. (25 minutes)

    Learning from two successful implementation cases of HEARTS in the Americas implementation 

    • Perú. Dr Jorge Hancco, Technical Director of the Noncommunicable Disease Department. Ministry of Health, MINSA, Perú. 

    Q & A (10 minutes)

  • Second Section. CVD risk evaluation (30 minutes) 

    CVD risk assessment approach and methodology of the 2019 WHO cardiovascular risk charts. 

    • Thomas A. Gaziano, MD, MSc. Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School.  

    How to optimize the use of CVD risk assessment in clinical practice?

    • Marc Jaffe, MD. Kaiser Permanente, California 

    Q & A (10 minutes)

  • Third Section. HEARTS in the Americas, unveiling the new and improved CVD Risk App. 

    The Updated CVD Risk Calculator App.

    • Carlos Tajer MD, Professor and Chief of Cardiology. Hospital El Cruce, Buenos Aires. Argentina. 

    Q & A (10 minutes)


Time correspondence 


  • 11:00 am.– Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 12:00 pm. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 1:00 pm. – Kingston, Mexico City, Panamá City
  • 2:00 apm. – Bridgetown, Castries, Georgetown, Nassau, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Washington DC
  • 3:00 pm. – Brasilia, Paramaribo
  • 8:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time in the following link

Links of interest:


HEARTS in the Americas.

HEARTS in the Americas. Virtual Courses.


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Campbell NR at al. Chamado à ação de São Paulo para prevenção e controle da hipertensão arterial, 2020. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2021 Feb 26;44:e27. Portuguese. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2021.27.

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