By Janet Byron
The Division of Research’s Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH was honored by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention for his “exceptional contributions” at the organization’s 15th annual meeting on Oct. 18 in Washington, DC, as well as his work on understanding national trends in cardiovascular disease.
Of Sidney, the National Forum wrote:
“Whether at the National Academy of Medicine, National Institutes of Health or National Forum, Steve is one of the nation’s true leaders in cardiovascular health surveillance. In addition, he works closely with local agencies to improve health in Alameda County, California, and has been very active, and successful, in getting World Heart Day and Move with the Mayor up and running in Oakland.”
At the meeting, Sidney presented his new report, “Wrong Direction: Troubling Trends in the Rate of U.S. Cardiovascular Disease Deaths,” published by the National Forum. The report calls attention to the dramatic slowing of the rate of decline in the death rates from heart disease and stroke during the past 5 years, after large declines from 2000 to 2011.
The new National Forum report summarizes trends identified by Sidney et al., in “Recent Trends in Cardiovascular Mortality in the United States and Public Health Goals,” published by JAMA Cardiology in August 2016, which concluded, “Deceleration in the decline of all cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and stroke mortality rates has occurred since 2011. If this trend continues, strategic goals for lowering the burden of cardiovascular disease set by the American Heart Association and the Million Hearts® initiative may not be reached.”