Ivor J. Benjamin, MD is Professor of Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Cell Biology and Surgery; and Center Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in, WI.He is the recipient of the Christi T. Smith Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular medicine, The NIH Director's Pioneer Award and the Daniel D. Savage Memorial Service Award.In 2003, Benjamin became Division Chief of Cardiology at the University of Utah.He is Chairperson of the association's Research Committee and a member of its Board of Directors, Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee, Executive Committee, International Committee and Science & Advisory Coordinating Committee.A highly regarded physician-scientist of molecular cardiovascular remodeling, he is a founding member of the Journal of the American Heart Association and currently serves on the editorial boards of Circulation and Circulation Research.He has also helped to create an expanded learning environment through the globalization of the clinical trials and outcomes improvement effort.
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The Apple Watch, already marketed as a heart rate monitor, will now have sensors capable of taking someone's electrocardiogram ; it will also be able to warn the user if they possibly have a serious heart condition called atrial fibrillation .But while these claims might look like the sort of grandiose boast made by any company marketing their wearable technology, Apple is seemingly putting their money where their mouth is. Not only has its watch's new features earned the blessing of the American Heart Association, they've even been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration as a new type of medical device. "Capturing meaningful data about someone's heart in real time is changing the way we practice medicine," said Ivor Benjamin, president of the American Heart Association, on the stage immediately following Apple COO Jeff Williams' announcement of the watch. ECGs are essentially the gold standard of heart rate measurement. After Apple announced that the watch's ECG feature, as well as its ability to detect atrial fibrillation, had been cleared by the FDA, the agency put out its own statement.
Initial cholesterol blood tests for kids between the ages of 9 and 11 to gauge their lifetime risk early, including tests for children as young as 2 with a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol. People with LDL levels of 100 mg/dL or lower tend to have lower rates of heart disease and stroke. "The science has shown that having high cholesterol at any age increases risk significantly," said AHA President Dr. Ivor Benjamin. "That's why it is so important that even at a young age people are following a heart-healthy lifestyle and understand and maintain healthy cholesterol levels."
Almost half of U.S. adults now have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the latest annual statistical update from the American Heart Association. The prevalence is driven in part by the recently changed definition of hypertension, from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg, said authors of the American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics–2019 Update. High blood pressure is an "overwhelming presence" that drives heart disease and stroke and can't be dismissed in the fight against cardiovascular disease, AHA President Ivor J. Benjamin, MD, said in a statement. After decades of decline, U.S. cardiovascular disease deaths increased to 840,678 in 2016, up from 836,546 in 2015, the report says.