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Annual Cardiology Preventive Forum focuses on “Million Hearts”

Free event aimed at healthcare professionals on Saturday, Feb 4, 2012

HOUSTON – (Dec. 19, 2011) – The ‘Million Hearts” initiative will be featured at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) 22nd annual Preventive Cardiology Forum from 7:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the UTHealth Medical School, 6431 Fannin St.

Seven experts in the field of preventive cardiology and neurology will present “Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and the ‘Million Hearts’ Initiative” during the free event, which is aimed at healthcare professionals.

The “Million Hearts” initiative was launched in September by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with partners such as the American Heart Association. Its message is centered on the “ABCS” of Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation in an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

Francisco Fuentes, M.D., program director and Theodore and Maureen O’Driscoll-Levy Professor, Cardiology, at the UTHealth Medical School, will lead two panel discussions. Other speakers from UTHealth, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine will speak on the pathological basis to reduce heart attack and stroke; early cardiovascular disease prevention in children; clinical aspects of the disease; the MyPlate initiative for heart health; exercise in children and adults; and overcoming the challenges of stroke prevention.

In addition to UTHealth, the forum will be webcast at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin and The University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus, which is part of UTHealth.

The event is sponsored by the Theodore and Maureen O’Driscoll-Levy Professorship. To register, visit, or email For more details, call 713-500-6576.

Deborah Mann Lake
Media Contact: 713-500-3030