Use HEARTS for every heart, everywhere

Use HEARTS for every heart, everywhere

In observance of World Heart Day, celebrated annually on 29 September, and led by World Heart Federation, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), through the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative in collaboration with The Pan American Journal of Public Health, kindly invites you on Thursday, 22 September 2022, to attend the webinar "Use HEARTS for every heart, everywhere".

How to participate




Available in Portuguese here



Primary health care teams, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Specialists in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Hypertension, Nephrology and Diabetes. Medicine, nursing and health science students. Health policymakers and managers, and health insurance organizations




Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the Americas, and hypertension accounts for over 50% of CVD. Over a quarter of adult women and four in ten adult men in the Americas have hypertension. Unfortunately, the diagnosis, treatment, and control are suboptimal.

HEARTS in the Americas, is the Pan American Health Organization’s flagship initiative for hypertension control and CVD secondary prevention and is currently being implemented in 2095 centers in 24 countries.

The Pan American Journal of Public Health (PAJPH) celebrates its 100th anniversary. The PAJPH has published a special issue dedicated to the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative that shows relevant research efforts in this Region on the implementation and early results of the full-scale model to improve hypertension control and CVD prevention.

HEARTS in the Americas, in collaboration with the PAJPH, will launch a series of four webinars from September to December 2022 to underscore the main messages of this special issue. This first webinar, in observance of World Heart Day 2022 - commemorated every September 29th, aims to highlight the latest trends in population hypertension control and its association with CVD mortality in the Americas and the key interventions for strengthening national programs tackling CVD broadly. 




  • Dr. Pedro Ordunez. HEARTS in the Americas Initiative. PAHO/WHO.

Opening remak: Dr. Anselm Hennis. Director. Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health. PAHO/WHO. 

  • Introduction: HEARTS in the Americas. A Special Issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health.
    • Dr. Damián Vásquez, Managing Editor of the Pan American Journal of Public Health. PAHO/WHO.

First segment: Population hypertension control & CVD mortality

  • Ing. Ramón Martinez. Specialist in Health Metrics, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. PAHO/WHO.

  • Panelists:
    • Hypertension control: a pending subjectDr. Alvaro Sosa Liprandi. President. Interamerican Society of Cardiology (SIAC).
    • Civil society’s role in improving hypertension controlDra. Beatriz Champagne. Director. Healthy Latin America Coalition (CLAS).

Second segment: Hypertension population control programs. Key interventions.

  • Dr. Marc Jaffe. Chief of Endocrinology. Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. USA.

  • Panelists:
    • HEARTS in ChileDr. Luis Michea, Dr. María Francisca Barake and Dr. Paula Silva.
    • HEARTS in Trinidad & TobagoDr. Rohit Doon. Asesor. Advisor, Health Promotion. Communications and Public Health, Ministry of Health. Trinidad and Tobago.

World Heart Federation-Greetings

  • Dr. Daniel Pineiro. President-Elect. World Heart Federation


Time correspondence


  • 9:00 am.– Los Angeles 
  • 10:00 am. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San Jose (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 11:00 am. – Bogota, Mexico City, Panamá City, Kingston, Lima, Quito
  • 12:00 pm. – Asunción, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Washington DC
  • 1:00 pm - Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  • 6:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

 For other cities, check the time in the following link



The special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health


HEARTS in the Americas

HEARTS in the Americas