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New research shows impact of heart disease prevention in low- and middle-income settings

New York, USA - April 12, 2021

New York, NY – April 12, 2021—As cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) continue to rise, the need for evidence-driven cardiovascular health initiatives is urgent. In a special section of its latest issue, the Journal of Clinical Hypertension expands the evidence base on successful reduction of cardiovascular disease in low- and middle-income countries through creative, scalable, patient-facing programs and public health policies. The special section focuses on the invaluable but often under-published work of research teams from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) battling cardiovascular disease.

The Journal of Clinical Hypertension special section includes new studies by researchers from Latin America, Southeast Asia and South Asia that assess implementation of hypertension (high blood pressure) control and salt reduction strategies to reduce preventable deaths from CVD in their countries and worldwide.

“When solutions and successful initiatives for cardiovascular disease control are implemented in low- and middle-income countries, this benefits cardiovascular health programs around the world,” said Dr. Laura Cobb, Director of Nutrition and Surveillance, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. “By supporting research at a local level, we can improve cardiovascular health and save more lives on a global scale.”

This special section in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension highlights the work of seven research teams on cardiovascular health initiatives supported by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies:

This special section is the result of a mentorship program for research on cardiovascular disease prevention supported through a collaboration among the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group, Resolve to Save Lives and the World Hypertension League. This latest special section follows an earlier installment published in August 2020.

“It is not easy for authors from low- and middle-income countries to publish their work in high-impact global journals due to lack of experience and language barriers,” said Dr. Khanuengnij Yueayai, Field Epidemiology Training Program, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. “However, after I joined the mentorship program, I felt it was possible to publish my work in those journals. The mentors thoroughly reviewed my work and helped me polish it until it was ready for publication.”

The mentorship program began in 2019, when public health trainees and practitioners were invited to a scientific writing workshop that taught participants the process of journal submission and review, the publication process and best practices for writing a scientific paper. Mentors with expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention and management, epidemiology and scientific dissemination led one-on-one mentoring sessions with participants.

“Building scientific writing capacity and increasing the dissemination of locally-led research on cardiovascular disease informs public health policy, improves the quality and sustainability of public health programs, and ultimately saves lives. CDC and partners made this mentorship program possible, and we are excited to advance the evidence on noncommunicable diseases throughout the world,” said Dr. Patricia Richter, Chief of the Office of Global Noncommunicable Diseases in the Division of Global Health Protection, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Media Contact:

Erin Sykes, Resolve to Save Lives: esykes@resolvetosavelives.org; +1.646.612.0001

Christina Honeysett, Vital Strategies: choneysett@vitalstrategies.org; +1.914.424.3356

Erik Friedly, CDC: fre5@cdc.gov; +1.404.718.2503

About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies focused on preventing 100 million deaths from heart disease and making the world safer from epidemics. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org or Twitter @ResolveTSL

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible.

To find out more, please visit www.vitalstrategies.org or Twitter @VitalStrat

About CDC

CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

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