HEARTS Webinar: Building bridges between Societies of Cardiology and Primary Health Care Teams

HEARTS Webinar: Building bridges between Societies of Cardiology and Primary Health Care Teams
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The Pan American Health Organization invites you to participate on a new HEARTS in the Americas webinar, titled  "Building bridges between Societies of Cardiology and Primary Health Care Teams", that will take place on Wednesday, 14 July 2021. 




Despite decades of an impressive reduction in mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death in the Americas, accounting for a third of all deaths in the region and resulting in a substantial adverse economic and social impact. In 2017, there were an estimated 14 million new cases, 80 million people living with these conditions, and 2 million deaths.

The Inter-American Society of Cardiology (SIAC), founded in 1944, brings together 27 national cardiology societies of the Region and Spain and more than 40,000 cardiologists. Its mission is to promote optimal cardiovascular health in the population of the Americas through education and ongoing professional development of its members. SIAC is a non-state actor in official relations with PAHO.

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 post-COVID 19 recovery. The Initiative is currently being implemented 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.
  • Ministry of Health personnel including the areas of Primary Care, Noncommunicable Diseases, Health Technologies.


How to participate










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

First section: HEARTS in the Americas on the path towards institutionalization

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

  • Panama. Dr. Elsa Arenas, Non-communicable Diseases Department, Ministry of Health of Panama
  • Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Rohit Doon, Advisor, Health Promotion Communications and Public Health, Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago.

Second Section.SIAC supports the implementation of HEARTS in the Americas 


  • WHO HEARTS Technical Package is an evidence-based set of interventions. Patricio López-Jaramillo, MD PhD. University of Santander. Colombia.
  • HEARTS. A clinical and public health platform for all. Daniel Piñeiro, MD. President-elected of World Heart Federation. University of Buenos Aires.
  • Comments. Fernando Wyss, MD. Past-President, SIAC.

Third Section. HEARTS, transforming health care delivery 

  • Treatment optimization through standardized protocols. Andres Rosende, MD. HEARTS Consultant. 
  • Team-based care: The new rules of the game. Eric Zuniga, MD Chile. HEARTS Consultant.
  • Comments. Fernando Lanas, MD. University of de La Frontera, Temuco. Chile.

Q and A


Time correspondence 


  • 12:00 pm. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  •  1:00 pm. – Kingston, Mexico City, Panamá City
  •  2:00 pm. – 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:





  1. Schwalm JD at al. A community-based comprehensive intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk in hypertension (HOPE 4): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2019 Oct 5;394(10205):1231-1242. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31488369/
  2. DiPette DJ et al. Standardized treatment to improve hypertension control in primary health care: The HEARTS in the Americas Initiative. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2020 Dec;22(12):2285-2295. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33045133/
  3. Prabhakaran D et al. Management of Cardiovascular Disease Patients With Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 in Limited Resource Settings. Glob Heart. 2020 Jul 1;15(1):44. Erratum in: Glob Heart. 2020 Aug 07;15(1):54. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32923338/