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Hope for Heart Disease Treatment Through Team Care

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death globally, claiming almost 18 million lives annually. A recent Baylor College of Medicine donor reception examined how clinicians are addressing this crisis through a potentially game-changing approach to treating cardiovascular disease through team care.

The event raised $69,000 to support a multiyear clinical trial by Baylor’s Heart Optimization Program of Excellence (HOPE) to gauge the efficacy of treating cardiovascular disease through a team approach long used successfully in oncology care. Guilherme Vianna Silva, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine and director of the Structural Heart Disease Center at Baylor discussed these efforts and the groundbreaking work of the Section of Cardiology.

Hashem El-Serag, M.D., M.P.H., chair and professor of the Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine at Baylor, led a portion of the discussion and has been a steadfast supporter of HOPE.