Welcome to International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (HEARTACADEMY.ORG)

 “The challenge for the Academy and its members is to adopt a mind-set, which continuously raises the question of how new and existing knowledge, can be translated into prevention, improved diagnosis and therapy of cardiovascular disease. This approach offers the hope of  a continued reduction in morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular diseases.” Howard Morgan, founding President

An initiative of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre supported by The Asper Foundation and The Sir Thomas Cropo Foundation

6th Harold Buchwald Heart Health Luncheon

May 4, 2015 • 11:45am – 1:30pm

Click here for details and to order tickets


Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health — including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed). (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Click here to enjoy this amazing talk

A series on Women's Heart Health

On his Weekend Morning Show"  on Mar. 22/15 on CBC Manitoba, Terry  MacLeod interviewed Dr. Suzy Santos on Women's Heart Health - click here to listen !  

On March 29th, Terry interviewed Yvone Baert -  click here for her sharing her experience which was happily solved with seven stents

Dr. Bohuslav Ošťádal

On Sept. 6/14, Dr. Bohuslav Ošťádal, from Prague, Czech Republic assumed the Presidency of I A C S for a three-year term.

To enjoy his remarks and welcome from some friends, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Terry McLeod (Host and Producer of CBC Radio Winnipeg's "Weekend Morning Show") interviewed Dr. Sharon Mulvagh on Sept. 5th at the 2nd CV Forum at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

Sharon L. Mulvagh is Professor of Medicine,Mayo College of Medicine, and Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Click to listen.

Interview with Dr.  Chugh by Charles Adler on CJOB Winnipeg on. Sept. 5/14

Sumeet S. Chugh is Director of the Heart Rhythm Center, Associate Director of the Heart Institute and holder of the Pauline and Harold Price Endowed Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiologyat the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles;and Professor of Medicine-in-Residence at UCLA. He is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and investigator, and his research program focuses on population-based approaches to mechanisms of sudden cardiac death. He founded, and continues to direct the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study, ongoing since 2002. Click to listen.

Transplant recipient speaks from the heart

The person in the front of the canoe in this photo is Kristin Millar. The remarkable thing about this scene is that Kristin was attached to an LVAD (a Left Ventricular Assistive Device) – a pump that does the work the heart does for most of us, without our thinking about it much. [photo by Kathy Stinson - click here to read her article about Kristin]

Kristin Millar told CBC's Information Radio what it is like to get a chance for a future after getting a heart transplant. Click here for interview.

You Can Avoid A Heart Attack

Bill Clinton:  Decide to live a healthier life

Click here to enjoy CNN's Dr Sanjay Gupta with President Clinton

Photo taken by Ivan Berkowitz at President Clinton’s Health Matters Conference in Palm Springs  CA on January 17, 2012  -  click here for more details.

Katie Couric WORLD 3.0  on Yahoo! News  "Barbra Streisand's mission to end heart disease in women"

Jan. 27/15 update from Ivan Berkowitz: "Although I did not accept their invitation to again attend Pres. Clinton’s Health Matters Activation Summit, I did “attend” online and saw Dr. Merz with British Robinson, the C E O of Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) WHA is a unique collaboration of the Streisand Center with the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York – Presbyterian Heart Institute and two major philanthropists, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman. I have added a YouTube promotion of women’s heart health to our web site and hope to establish a relationship with the WHA."  Click here to connect with YouTube

Avoiding Heart Attacks

What's a sign of heart attack? Anything

Obesity is a KILLER…the “Trout Lake Diet” WORKS!

I am delighted to share a simple one-page which I call the “Trout Lake Diet, named after possibly the most important influence on my continuing good CVD prevention.
CBC Winnipeg's Terry MacLeod served as M C Oct 3 Luncheon

Terry MacLeod checked in last January with his morning show co-host Marcy Markusa, letting listeners know how his recovery from quintuple bypass surgery was going. (CBC)
to hear of his incredible experience, CLICK ON: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/01/23/mb-terry-macleod-bypass-surgery-manitoba.html

If you missed the MANSHIELD CONSTRUCTION HEART HEALTH LUNCHEON featuring the 5th Harold Buchwald Lecture on October 3, 2013, please support initiative to encourage people to engage in their own heart health by donating. Click here.

Click here for Dr Yusuf's extraordinary talk!

For a great interview about Dr Yusuf's life and career,   GO TO theheart.org

Dr. Salim Yusuf's interview on CJOB Winnipeg's "Health Report" which Greg Mackilng recorded at the Winnipeg Convention Centre following Dr. Yusuf's 5th Harold Buchwald Heart Health Lecture "MOST PREMATURE HEART DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE"

Special Edition October 3, 2013

A special edition of CV Network was produced for guests at the Luncheon, Please click here to enjoy



L- R -  Dr. Naranjan Dhalla (Founder and Executive Director I A C S ); Dr. Henry Friesen (Past-President of the Medical Research  Council of Canada and helped transform it to Canadian Institutes of Health Research); Justin Bova (Managing Partner of Luncheon Sponsor Manshield Construction); Dr. Salim Yusuf (President - Elect of the World Heart Federation); Dr. Arnold Naimark (President Emeritus, University of Manitoba)

A Unique Celebration of World Heart Day in Winnipeg on October 3, 2013

The Manshield Construction Heart Health Luncheon was an initiative of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences in collaboration with Myles Robinson Memorial Heart Trust and the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. Close to 300 enjoyed a heart-healthy lunch featuring  very delicious omega 3 rich flax-crusted salmon at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Leaders of Manitoba's Cardiovascular Research community joined the Luncheon Sponsor following the 5th Harold Buchwald Heart Health Lecture "Most Premature Heart Disease is Preventable"by Dr. Salim Yusuf which can be enjoyed in full on www.heartacademy.org.

L-R - Irene and Mike Czubryt, Lorrie Kirshenbaum, Gail and Grant Pierce,  Alex  Austria, Chick LaFleche, Delfin, Henry Freisen, Justin Deniset

Our special friend Delfin Rodriguez, from Holguin Cuba, was in Winnipeg on Nov. 8 and honoured with the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences' Vincenzo Panagia Award.  To enjoy Delfin's Lecture, go to http://www.sbrc.tv/1/Watch/301.aspx (scroll across to 1:30:15)

Manshield Construction Heart Health Luncheon

NOT ONLY AN AWESOME TALK but an outstanding Heart Healthy treat loaded with Omega 3 salmon and FLAX!

Dr. Louis Ignarro

Nobel Laureate, IACS Fellow and Medal of Merit Recipient spoke in Winnipeg about his personal path to "NO More Heart Attacks"

Click here to enjoy his talk.


HEART HEALTH - Supplement to the Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, September 8, 2012

Heart stem cell pioneer to get IACS Medal of Merit.
Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s No. 1 killer. They claim 18 million lives every year.
Buckwald helped make vision a reality.

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Academy Fellow Robert Lefkowitz Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize

Dr. Lefkowitz is a Fellow of IACS. To enjoy the Nobelprize.org interview with him, please visit: http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=1844

In 2003, Dr. Lefkowitz was one of the early recipients of the IACS’ highest honour the Medal of Merit which has been presented to five Nobel Prize Winners among 27  outstanding cardiologists, surgeons and scientists  for their outstanding achievements in cardiovascular education and research.

Rosie reveals her heart attack mistakes to Dr. Oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz chats with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about his interview with Rosie O’Donnell, in which the actress and comedian opened up about her heart attack this summer, and discusses the signs of heart attacks in women.

Click here to see interview.

One guy LOVED his open heart surgery

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Dr. Parloop Bhatt
Women's Heart Health in India

For the Global Network to Fight CVD Steering Committee Meeting Mar . 26, 2012 in Chicago during the A C C Meetings,  we were joined by Drs. James Willerson (IACS President); Parloop Bhatt; Chockalingam; Junbo Ge; Jay Cohn; Jay Mehta; Jennifer Hall; and Suzy Lanier; and via SKYPE – Naranjan Dhalla and Mohamed Boutdjir. Previously Dr. Bhatt and I had met with Dr. Sharon Mulvagh. Those discussions encouraged Drs. Mehta and Mulvagh and I to assist Dr. Bhatt in proceeding with the IACS-CIMS Women Welfare Proposal you can review by clicking here
3rd Symposium on The FUTURE of HEART HEALTH

Click here  to enjoy all the talks, especially a debate "Angioplasty and Stents are Better Revascularization Than Cardiac Surgery"

2nd Symposium on The FUTURE of HEART HEALTH

In addition to celebrating the life of Dr Michael DeBakey (1908 - 2008), we developed a concept to share the wisdom around the world. Inspired by the unique TED.com. 

Click here for details.


When Sir Magdi Yacoub was in Winnipeg to celebrate toe 70th Birthday of Dr. Naranjan Dhalla, he was the Keynote Speaker at the 1st "SYMPOSIUM on the FUTURE of HEART HEALTH". Later, he was interviewed on CKY-TV with a young woman from Brandon whose life Dr Yacoub saved with revolutionary surgery when she was a baby.  Click here to watch video.

IACS Fellows

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Eugene Braunwald in conversation with Thomas Lüscher.
The Rise of Cardiovascular Medicine (Feb 2011)


Genes and Cardiovascular Function

Molecular Defects in Cardiovascular Disease


Dr. Ernest Madu on TED.com

Click here to go to Dr. Madu's blog.

A proposal to encourage Manitoba Aboriginal women to engage in their own and their family's Heart Health - Click here

 IACS members:

  • are eligible for election as Fellows of the Academy at appropriate times
  • will have free access to Academy Web Site – www.heartacademy.org which now includes “CV NETWORK ONLINE” AND are encouraged to submit articles for CV NETWORK
  • will receive significant discounts on subscriptions to the official journals of the Academy
  • may take advantage of meaningful discounts for attendance at Academy Congresses and Meetings
  • will be able to access contact ELECTRONICALLY with all Members and Fellows for ease of networking
  • will be supported to host meetings to be sponsored by the Academy

Click here to become an IACS member. 

Please check details about 6th Heart Health Luncheon - heartacademy.org

FUTURE OF HEART HEALTH - Dr. Jay Cohn A STRATEGY FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE PAST 100 ... an incredible talk by Dr. Jay Cohn Click here to watch video

4th Harold Buchwald Heart Health Lectures

Click here for WAVE's report from the Harold Buchwald Heart Health Luncheon "CARDIAC STEM CELL THERAPIES SHOW PROMISE"