Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The World Congress of Cardiology ended in Dubai this weekend with a continued emphasis on new science in cardiology (e.g multinational trial results on the effectiveness of stents in stroke prevention), as well as the role the field of cardiology will need to play in ensuring that the goals of the UN High-Level meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) held last September in New York are met.
In that regard, the ACS's Director of Cancer Science and Trends, Dr. Thomas Glynn, was invited by the Congress organizers to present two papers proposing how cardiologists can use the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to take on more active roles in preventing heart disease on a global level. By doing so, he argued, cardiologists can make a significant difference in NCD prevalence, since ischemic heart disease and stroke, along with cancer, represent the world's three leading causes of death.
This theme was reinforced through the conference in sessions focused on preventive cardiology (e.g. one major session focused on presentations describing recent data on how creating more smoke-free environments and changing the built environment to encourage more exercise can make cities healthier places to live and reduce the NCD burden that many global cities now bear), and by the World Heart Federation's immediate past-president, Dr. Pekka Puska/Finland, current president, Dr. Sidney Smith/USA, and incoming president and ACS Luther Terry Awardee, Dr. Srinath Reddy/India, each of whom has been exceptionally supportive of preventive cardiology throughout their careers, especially with regard to tobacco control.
The Congress concluded with the announcement the 2014 World Congress of cardiology has been awarded to Melbourne, Australia, an especially fitting venue, given Australia's leading role in global tobacco control, as evidenced by the Luther Terry Award given by the ACS last month in Singapore to Australia's Ministry of Health and Ageing."