Introduction to Cardiology and Heart Health : Editorial
Corresponding author: Gundu Rao
Gundu Rao, Emeritus Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis ,USA.
Citation: Gundu Rao.(2017). Introduction to Cardiology and Heart Health : Editorial. Int J Car & Hear Heal. 1:1, 0-1
Copyright: © Gundu Rao. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License,
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Recieved Date: July 30, 2017; Accepted Date:
August 16, 2017; Published Date:
August 22, 2017.
It gives me a great pleasure to join the Editorial Board of
the International Journal of Cardiology and Health (IJCH).
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) cause one-third of deaths
worldwide (J. Am Coll. Cardiol. May 2017). NCD Risk Factor
Collaboration, in their seminal article in the Lancet (April 2016)
concluded that, “if the post-2000 trends continue in the incidence
and rise of diabetes, the probability of meeting the global target
of halting the rise in the prevalence of diabetes by 2025, to the
2020 level worldwide is lower than one percent. According to
the Institute for Health Matrics and Evaluation (IHME), today
2.1 billion people-nearly 30% of the global population, are either
obese or overweight-a new, first-of-a-kind analysis of trend data
from 180 countries.
As part of the 2020 impact goals, the American Heart Association
(AHA) has set out seven ideal health goals; not smoking,
maintaining normal weight, increased physical activity, a healthy
diet, normal blood lipid levels, normal blood pressure and a normal
fasting glucose. An analysis of the National Health and Nutritional
Received July 30, 2017; Accepted August 16, 2017; Published August 22, 2017.
Examination Survey (NHANES) showed, that individuals who
met five of the seven ideal metrics of AHA, had a 78% reduction in
the hazard ratio for all cause-mortality. From the INTERHEART
study (Lancet (9438): 937-952,2004), which included 52
countries, it is estimated that modifiable risk factors account for
90% of the population attributable risk for heart disease in men
and 94% of the risk in Women. Khera et al (NEJM: 375:2349-
58,2016) showed that in four studies with over 55,000 participants,
a favorable lifestyle intervention was associated with nearly 50%
lower risk for coronary artery disease, in spite of the genetic risk.
I am glad that this International journal is dedicated to the very
important area of public health importance-Cardiology. Having
said that, I urge all my fellow editors to invite, encourage
and promote publication of articles in the associated areas of
hypertension, obesity, metabolic disorders, type-2 diabetes, heart
disease and stroke.
I wish the journal the very best wishes.