Goals and Objectives
The primary focus of the Foundation is to educate the physicians and the public of the importance of early modification of lifestyle to prevent the development of risk factors (primordial prevention) and early detection and control of risk factors with medications, when necessary (primary prevention). Educational activities are also directed at those who already have developed heart disease, stroke, diabetes (secondary prevention) or had undergone coronary angioplasty, stent or bypass surgeries (tertiary prevention). Specific objectives include
- Bring global awareness of the twin epidemics of heart disease and diabetes among Indian Diasporas, as well as those living in the Indian subcontinent.
- Conduct research to determine the causes of the high rate of CAD (coronary artery disease) with a special attention to Asian Indians around the globe.
- Compile up-to-date data and new frontiers in heart disease research as it applies to Asian Indians.
- Bring together experts in the field from US, Canada, UK, India, and other countries to coordinate and intensify such research.
- Educate policy makers about the economic cost of the twin epidemics and the need for policy changes to address them.
- Educate physicians on the research findings that can be incorporated in patient care.
- Educate the public regarding the importance of risk factors and the preventable nature of CVD (cardiovascular disease), diabetes, and obesity.
- Publish scientific articles in medical journals followed by lay press to report and disseminate the new knowledge developed by the CADI Research Foundation.
- Develop consensus recommendations and specific guidelines for Asian Indians to supplement the NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program) and JNC (Joint National Committee) guidelines through convening a Consensus Conference.
- Our research indicates that the reference values deemed desirable in the Europid populations may not be appropriate among Asian Indians and South Asians.
- Favorably influence medical curricula and education for the benefit of medical community and general public.