The Desert Heart Foundation inaugurated its Spring Desert Cardiovascular Update in the Spring of 1993. This program continued annually through 2007 drawing delegates from Tucson, Arizona and across the southwestern United States. This highly respected continuing medical education program brought leading clinicians and researchers from around the world to share contemporary science and clinical strategies with community physicians. Notable faculty have included HJC Swan MD, William Ganz MD, Henry Marriott MD, Proctor Harvey MD, Denton Cooley MD, William Kannel MD, Randas Batitsta MD, J Ward Kennedy MD, Spencer King MD, Harvey Feigenbaum MD, and many others including past, and future, presidents of the American College of Cardiology.
The Desert Heart Foundation presented its first honorary Desert Heart Foundation Lectureship to Jonathan Abrams MD, Professor University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1996 at the 3rd Spring Desert Cardiovascular Update. There have been many other notable recipients since then, including, Ronald Fogleman, United States Air Force Chief of Staff, in 2003.
The Desert Heart Foundation launched a novel educational program specifically for the management of cardiovascular emergencies. The First Contact Symposium, the first of its kind in Southern Arizona, was directed towards emergency care providers and emergency room physicians. Guest faculty for the inaugural program in 2007 was Richard Carmona MD, a noted trauma surgeon in the Tucson Community, and later United States Surgeon General under the presidency of George W. Bush. Repeated 2 years later, the program was recognized as an innovative pilot for continuing medical education for emergency providers.
The Desert Heart Foundation brought this focused conference to the medical communities of Southern Arizona in 1997 for study of Atrial Fibrillation, a common, but significant, arrhythmia plaguing many patients who suffer from Cardiovascular Disease. Guest faculty had included Eric N Prystowsky MD, and Gerald Naccarelli MD, pioneers in Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Since the early 20th century, and certainly by the time initial epidemiological data from the historic Framingham Heart Trial began to report in the early 1970’s, the research community began to understand that there was a clear and consistent benefit in the reduction of cardiovascular disease events in moderate alcohol drinkers compared to non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. In the early 1990’s Serge Renaud PhD and R. Curtis Ellison MD, appeared on 60 Minutes and reported Renaud’s findings that the French appeared protected from cardiovascular disease because of their consistent red wine consumption. The French Paradox, an explanation of the French’s low incidences of cardiovascular disease despite a diet rich in cheese, sauces, and fats, was born. Shortly thereafter, the Desert Heart Foundation launched its Wine & Heart Health Research Initiative, with guidance from Serge Renaud PhD, Curtis Ellison MD, and John Deanfield MBBS, pioneer in vascular endothelial physiology. The Desert Heart Foundation, restricted from accepting funding from the beverage industry, inaugurated the International Wine & Heart Health Summit in 2001, in order to raise needed research funding. The Desert Heart Foundation recognizes iconic wine personalities for their early assistance in developing this initiative, including Robert and Michael Mondavi, Robin Lail, Richard Arrowood, Margaret Duckhorn, and Ann Colgin.
From this initiative several important papers, abstracts, and international presentations have added to the understanding of the salutary relationship of responsible moderate wine consumption and cardiovascular health, and the mechanism by which wine acts to prevent atherosclerosis and its consequences.
The Desert Heart Foundation was proud to sponsor this prominent International Educational Program on Heart Failure - Structural Heart and Therapy Options, held on the campus of Scientific Innovation at the University of Arizona. The International Society for Mechanical and Circulatory Support honored Marvin Slepian MD, its 2017 program chairman. Dr. Slepian is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Desert Heart Foundation. This global platform for presenting the latest issues in a most complex and technological was hosted in Tucson Arizona in 2017, home to the Desert Heart Foundation. Its next program sessions is to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2013, the Desert Heart Foundation, threw its support to Winehealth, an International program with a mission similar to its International Wine & Heart Health Summit. The combining of efforts served to strengthen the global platform for the academic understanding of the impact of moderate wine consumption and human health and disease. Programs over the next several years included venues in Sydney, Australia; Lyon, France; Valencia, Spain. A program in Davis, California, USA is in the works for 2019.
International Wine & Health Conference Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre Sydney, NSW 18 – 20 July 2013 - Information and Abstracts