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Heart-to-Heart is a new series of debates created and hosted by the World Heart Federation. They bring together expert voices from different sectors and disciplines around the world.
As the leader of the global heart community, we want to open a conversation about changing our ways as societies and individuals to beat cardiovascular disease. And as CVD continues to be the biggest cause of death on the planet, it’s the world’s most urgent conversation to have.
For many people, preventing CVD comes down to behaviour change. Yet, there’s nothing harder than changing personal and societal behaviour, thereby realizing lasting change. Comprised of experts from a number of disciplines, the debates will seek to uncover insights into the triggers and barriers to behaviour change and how they are manifested across societies.
Diabetes patients are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but are often unaware of that risk. This may be due to a lack of communication between different healthcare specialists who may treat a patient’s symptoms, but not necessarily put the patient in the picture early or often enough. The purpose of this discussion is to better understand the silos in healthcare and how to break them down.
Dr. Larry Sperling, founder and director of Preventive Cardiology, co-director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.
Bianca Hemmingsen, Medical Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mark Riley-Pitt, clinical risk management specialist.
Alfred Voss, heart disease and type-2 diabetes patient advocate from Mended Hearts.
Learn more about the speakers.
Experts in behavioural economics, consumer communications, cause campaigning and cardiovascular health share their insights and debate the ways we can make breakthroughs in individual and societal behaviour to help beat CVD, the leading cause of death on this planet.
Prof Karen Sliwa, Host, World Heart Federation President.
John Simpson, Moderator, BBC Journalist.
Rupen Desai, Leader of Behaviour Change.
Dr Michael Gibson, Cardiologist.
Dr Grainne Healy, Communications Expert.
Dr David Asch, Behavioural Economist.