By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
On Thursday, World Stroke Day, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will convene a three-day Latin American Summit in Santiago, Chile. It is the first such summit in the region, where stroke is among the leading causes of death.
Representatives from leading health organizations and government agencies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will meet to discuss how to integrate stroke prevention and care into programs and health plans that address non-communicable diseases.
“At this summit, we intend to take the opportunity to share the latest advances in stroke care, but above all, share different approaches to treat stroke and to improve the quality of stroke care in Latin America,” said Salvador Cruz-Flores, M.D., chairman of the summit.
Leaders from the Clinica Alemana, the Latin American and Caribbean Stroke Network, the World Stroke Organization and the Pan American Health Organization are expected to attend.
Stroke is the No. 1 cause of death in Chile and the No. 2 cause of death in Argentina and Brazil, according to the World Health Organization. In Colombia and Mexico, stroke is the third-leading cause of death. These countries will be the focus of the summit, with health insurance, lifestyle factors and quality of stroke care among the topics to be discussed.
Leaders aim to create a common vision and commitment for the region to prevent and treat stroke with the help of the AHA/ASA, the PAHO, the Ibero-American Stroke Society, Stroke Network leaders and each country’s government representatives. The conversation will include details about the challenges, priorities and actions needed to reduce the burden of stroke in Latin America.
“The result of this meeting will be the Carta de Santiago, a road map for the region to improve stroke prevention, treatment and measures to advance public policies in stroke,” said Pablo Lavados, M.D., chief of the stroke unit and a researcher at the Clinica Alemana de Santiago, and one of the Chilean representatives at the summit.