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“THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF CURRENT SOCIETY THAT HAS LED US TO THE CURRENT EPIDEMIC IS THAT WE DON’T SEE OURSELVES AS VULNERABLE”

Dr. Valentín Fuster

People’s generalized thought is that a heart attack will never happen to me. It might happen to all the rest, but not to me.
Dr. Fuster believes that until we globally change this way of thinking, this culture, we will continue to have a global epidemic.
Dr. Valentín Fuster began his career in scientific research on a disease that already was becoming the number one killer: heart attacks.

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As a researcher, the obvious question was to get to the root of the issue: What causes a heart attack? Is it a blood clot or is it something else? So he moved from blood clots, to what actually caused the blood clots, which is arteriosclerosis. And then he moved to what causes arteriosclerotic disease and that is:  human behavior.
Human behavior is the root to solving it all, Dr. Fuster concluded.
And then again, the next natural question for Dr. Fuster was: Can we change human behavior, given a time pattern?

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The huge change in the Dr. Fuster vision in treating cardiovascular diseases at a global level is that  by changing human behavior in time to effectively prevent cardiovascular diseases, we are no longer talking about treating the disease with huge amounts of human pain and medicines, hospital and budget resources spend but instead, we are talking human HEALTH, which makes an enormous difference.
Dr. Fuster acknowledges: “I made a transition from a researcher understanding disease to a researcher understanding health.”
And Doctor Fuster adds another valuable angle from his clinician perspective: “I believe in people. I like people a lot.  To be a research scientist in a lab, isolated and not seeing patients is something that would have never worked out for me. So, from the very beginning I worked about 50% of my time in patient care and 50% in research. This has been very helpful to me, because I see the problems, and then, you may try to solve them.”
Therefore Dr. Fuster’s V of is twofold: on one side let’s stop the unaffordable global spending in trying to cure cardiovascular disease and instead change human behavior towards healthier life habits and on the other side let’s not do this only in the lab let’s step out to meet the patients to make them understand how important this change is to their life.