Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide accounting for 31% of all deaths.  17.9 million persons die each year as a result of the disease with 85% of all cardiovascular deaths resulting from stroke or heart attack.  75% of all cardiovascular deaths occur in low and middle income countries. The disease creates a significant cost burden to both patients and countries’ economies.  It is important that both patients and health care professionals understand the causes, effects, preventative strategies and the latest treatments for the disease to successfully treat and manage the disease and in turn reduce the burden it creates. 


The 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium under the theme, “The New Era In Cardiovascular Care: Advances for the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean,” aims to inform on preventative measures against cardiovascular disease, highlight clinical manifestations of the disease and provide updated management modalities for staff and the public.

Rodger Miller
Dr. Rodger Miller BMedSci (Hons), MBBS, DM (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Cardiovascular Surgery
British Virgin Islands Health Authority Symposium Officiant