New Horizons in Cardiovascular Medicine for the Primary Care Provider
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018
MIST Harlem • 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026
Dr. Icilma Fergus, MD, FACC was one of the course directors for the New Horizons in Cardiovascular Medicine for the Primary Care Provider hosted at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The overall goal of this program was to enhance competency by providing participants with the most up-to-date developments in the diagnosis, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease and to facilitate this transfer of knowledge into practice to improve patient outcomes.
To provide a medium where community based practitioners could learn about general topics in cardiology and the latest approaches to treatment. This included new technology and evidence-based therapy following the most updated guidelines.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND GOAL
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the western and the developing world. There are approximately 500,000 deaths annually due to some form of cardiovascular related condition, with a death occurring on the average of one per minute due to heart related illnesses. Statistics indicate that there is a plateau in mortality for heart disease because of new technology and interventions in the past few years. While this is true for certain groups of the population, it is not true for others especially those with multiple risk factors in urban settings. Heart disease is largely preventable and controlled if appropriate intervention is initiated. There are many barriers to achieving appropriate control and goals among the mentioned populations for both health care providers and patients which could be ameliorated by appropriate and relevant education. This is the goal of the New Horizons in Cardiovascular Care for the Primary Care Provider symposium.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene discovered in a 2013 study that Central Harlem has the highest age-adjusted cardiovascular disease mortality relative to East Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side.