In 2001 Dr. Morteza Naghavi, a cardiology researcher and Director of Vulnerable Plaque at the Texas Heart Institute founded the Association for Eradication of Heart Attack (AEHA) in Houston, Texas. AEHA was an extension of his cardiovascular research that lead to the development of the first scientific task force and clinical guidelines based on prevention. Both the Taskforce and Guidelines are at the core of SHAPE’s nationwide programs.
In 2007 the name of the organization was changed to the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE), which continues its groundbreaking research related to the mechanisms, prevention, early detection and treatment of ardiovascular disease and other initiatives that promote professional education, public awareness and cardiovascular screening projects, especially for underserved populations.
As revolutionary new discoveries in cardiology have occurred, including establishing proof that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease and the direct underlying cause of most heart attacks and stroke, SHAPE has been a vocal proponent of addressing cardiovascular risk in asymptomatic individuals.
Today and in the future, SHAPE’s Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of many of the most noted preventive cardiologists and researchers worldwide, continue to guide the organization to embrace and share the knowledge about new clinical practices and technologies that prevent needless heart attacks and stroke.