The Congressional Prevention Coalition serves as a forum for education and discussion on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of preventive approaches in health, social and economy policy. This new, active Coalition communicates to the Congress science-based information about prevention-related initiatives in social and economic policy and focuses on ways to integrate disease prevention and health promotion in our health care system.
The Congressional Prevention Coalition on Health Care for Minority Populations: Prevention of Hypertension and Heart Disease, on June 3, 1999 was co-sponsored by Senators John Chafee and Bob Graham, and Representatives Jim Leach and Jim Moran and the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy.
Moderator: John Hagelin, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy
David Satcher, M.D., Surgeon General of the United States and Assistant Secretary of Health: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health: The Surgeon General's Priorities
Keith Norris, M.D., Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Internal Medicine Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science: Stress, Hypertension and Heart Disease in African Americans
Robert Schneider, M.D., Dean, College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine Principal Investigator on NIH-funded study:
PREVENTION OF HYPERTENSION AND
Heart disease is Americas No. 1 killer. African American men and women endure disproportionately high rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Deaths from heart disease are 2/3 higher for African American women and 1/3 higher for African American men than for whites. Excessive rates of hypertension, psychosocial and socio-environmental stress contribute to high CVD morbidity and mortality in this population.
Within the last ten years, scientific research has clearly demonstrated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of certain behavioral modification and stress-reduction therapies in the treatment of hypertension and prevention of CVD deaths among African Americans.
According to research, heart disease and its primary risk factor, hypertension, can be prevented and even reversed through scientifically proven methods of stress reduction and lifestyle modification among African Americans.
Over 50% of Medicare subscribers suffer from heart disease or hypertension, accounting for over $100 billion annually in Medicare expenditures. Clinical studies show that certain lifestyle modification and stress-reduction therapies are highly cost-effective compared to conventional pharmacologic or surgical treatments for cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is a largely preventable disease
Heart disease and its primary risk factor, hypertension, can be effectively controlled through lifestyle modification and scientifically proven methods of stress reduction.