The Society for Heart Attack Prevention & Eradication (SHAPE) is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes public and professional education for early detection of individuals with atherosclerotic plaques that are at risk of heart attacks and stroke but have no symptoms. These individuals who are unaware of their risk are often misclassified by traditional methods (measuring risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure). Sadly every year approximately 600,000 of these asymptomatic individuals in the US and millions worldwide lose their life to a sudden heart attack or stroke. SHAPE is committed to saving these lives by raising awareness of the need for screening to detect asympotomatic atherosclerosis
Our work is guided by the active guidance and support of world-renowned cardiovascular specialists and researchers. We also maintain an energetic, full time staff as well as a growing team of dedicated volunteers.
Our primary goal is to move cardiac clinical practice from “sick care” to prevention or “healthcare,” and to eventually cure the world’s number one cause of death. To accomplish our immediate objectives we are focused on promoting the SHAPE Guidelines,clinical screening protocol that builds on risk factor detection to identify cardiovascular disease and) provide timely treatment. We believe that working with your doctor to get screened and become aware of your personal risk for heart attack and stroke, and making sure your family and friends also get screened, you can stop cardiovascular disease before it’s too late.