Cardiovascular Disease Policy Model
Dr. Gaziano has been awarded RO1 funding to develop an integrated Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention Model which can be used to estimate the health and economic consequences of various screening, prevention, and treatment strategies for coronary heart disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure (CHF) in the U.S. population over the age of 35 and several subpopulations. The model will look at the relationship between lifestyle and environmental risk factors implicated in the development of the three main contributors of CVD morbidity and mortality – CHD, CHF and stroke. The model will be incorporate observed epidemiological data, natural history data, and trends from the published literature and publicly available databases in the US, and will have the flexibility to be adapted to other developing regions and sub-populations of the U.S. In addition, the model will also incorporate the effectiveness and costs of population and individually based preventive interventions. Overall, the project is designed to help achieve effective translation of research into practice by identifying cost-effective approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of CVD.