Policy to reduce preventable disorders of the heart and circulation: London, 7th December 2017

Venus: Lutyens Room, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Policy makers are taking an increasing interest in encouraging lifestyle approaches aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of serious disorders of the heart and circulation.

This one day symposium included sessions on:

  • common remediable risk factors for disorders of the heart and circulation
  • evidence for effective intervention strategies
  • current policies aimed at improved cardiovascular public health
  • opportunities for further effective interventions by policy makers

To express interest in future health policy events, email: fpm.chandos@gmail.com

This policy symposium is organised by the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust in partnership with the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.

Speaker abstracts and biographies

Diseases of the heart and circulation are the commonest preventable cause of disability and death in the UK and elsewhere in the developed world. Heart and circulatory disorders are also rapidly overtaking communicable diseases as serious health problems in less developed countries. Speakers at this symposium will considers gaps and challenges in limiting the occurrence and severity of disorders of the heart and circulation and the extent to which health policy is supporting health professionals in efforts to help the public to remain as heart healthy as possible.


9am Registration and coffee

9.50am  Welcome

Session 1
Chair: Professor Allister Vale, University of Birmingham

Controlling hypertension
Professor Bernard Cheung, University of Hong Kong, Editor, Postgraduate Medical Journal

Cardiovascular heart disease prevention in everyday clinical practice – can we do better?
Professor Kornelia Kotseva, Imperial College, London

11am Coffee

Session 2
Chair, Professor Donald Singer, London

Mediterranean Diet to prevent heart disease
Professor Ramon Estruch, University of Barcelona, Spain

Discussion Panel 1: Preventing heart disease
Professor Bernard Cheung, Professor Kornelia Kotseva, Professor Ramon Estruch
Chair: Dr David Slovick, London

12.45pm  Lunch

Session 3
Co-chairs, Prof Donald Singer and Dr David Slovick

2.00pm                        |
How fit for purpose is UK Party policy on preventing heart and circulatory disease?
Professor Donald Singer, FPM, London

Personalising heart medicines to improve cardiovascular health: is precision medicine always cost-effective versus one-size-fits-all medicine?
Professor Ken Redekop, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Heart Surgery in developing countries
Mr Wade Dimitri, University of Warwick

3.30 pm  Coffee

Session 4
Chair, Professor Donald Singer, London

4.00 pm
Carotid disease and stroke prevention
Professor Alison Halliday, University of Oxford

4.30 pm
Discussion panel 2: Gaps in policy to prevent heart and vascular disease
Professor Ken Redekop, Mr Wade Dimitri, Professor Alison Halliday
Chair: Donald Singer, London

5.00 pm  Close

Papers from the symposium will be published after peer-review in the journals of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology.

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