“Clearly there is an urgent need to do something to reverse the trend in China where one in five people have cardiovascular disease and smoking and obesity are major issues,” said Professor Dayi Hu, chief of the Heart Institute at the People’s Hospital, Peking University and President of the China Heart Federation. “The Congress will look at how we can reach the greatest number of people in the most efficient way and will compare electronic health care services to traditional methods, with an emphasis on improving health care quality and establishing a health care system in China which is convenient, safe, effective and affordable. If we can reduce childhood obesity, we would also reduce the risk of hypertension and reduce cardiovascular disease.”
“We must focus on prevention if we are going to reverse this trend and this isn’t always easy to do when a complex culture and history are involved,” said Prof. Hu. “We need to find effective ways to reach the public so they understand the risks involved in an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. This can be done in a variety of ways, including through a marketing program that emphasizes good health and an electronic health care system that provides more access. We need to make people aware of the risks and understand how to reduce them.”
“The ESC is very happy to again participate in this international congress and we look forward to examining how eHealthcare can be used in China and in other countries to improve heart health,” said Professor Komajda, “ESC in China” Course Director and GSA Chairman.
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