In 2001, Dr. Naghavi, the founder of SHAPE invited cardiology leaders to answer these 10 questions. Now after 15 years it is interesting to review the answers and compare the predictions with the reality. The fact is that very little to no progress has been made for the early detection of vulnerable patients and for the prevention of sudden heart attacks. Preventive cardiology is at least 15 years behind and needs to innovate and move faster!
Q1. Statistics indicate that over 50% of first-time heart attack victims die suddenly before reaching hospital, and this has been the case since 1960s? Does this mean that the field of cardiovascular medicine is fundamentally handicapped in reaching 50% of its target population? How can we break this statistics?