Answer 18 of the dossier “40 KEY QUESTIONS TO UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD”, coordinated by Albert Bosch from a request of the communication group “GRUPO Z”, where an expert in each subject answers a question about the trend of a certain topic. In this specific case, this question is answered by ANTONI BAYÉS:

Today’s society is aging by leaps and bounds thanks to the advances made in the biomedical field in the last thirty years. Mortality from myocardial infarction has increased from 25% to 5% in two generations, but heart failure, the new cardiovascular epidemic of the 21st century, has increased.

In the coming years we will see spectacular advances, especially with the development of biological valves that do not require surgery, wireless pacemakers, the mechanical heart and the regeneration of the dead areas of the heart muscle.

However, cardiovascular prevention and, fundamentally, weight control (key to avoiding high blood pressure and diabetes) and physical exercise, remains a key challenge for the present and the future.

On the other hand, as we better control the heart and the population lives longer, the incidence of cancer increases. However, cancer research with immunotherapy, precision biomarker-based medicine, and epigenetics are starting a new era that will allow cancer to be cured or converted into a chronic disease.

In short, with healthy habits, new technologies, and advances in biological drugs, we can make cardiovascular diseases and cancer become a travel companion instead of the end of the trip. We have not yet won the war, but in recent years they have won some important battles in the name of science and research.

The outlook for the future is very promising. The academic world, the biomedical industry and society are increasingly joining forces to join forces to ensure that future generations can live longer and better.

Professor Antoni Bayés: MD, PhD, FESC, FHFA. Heart Institute Director. Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital. Professor, Department of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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