Fundacion Araucaria Foundation was established in San Diego, California in 1994 as a non profit medical organization with the main objective to promote educational and research activities in the field of Cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly in Coronary Heart Disease (“heart attacks”) and Hypertension (“high blood pressure”) that are two of the world leading causes of death in adults.

The founder and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Tomás Romero, MD.

Dr. Romero was born in Chile, completing his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Chile and United States. In 1977 he relocated to the San Diego region, where he continued his career as a Cardiologist. He is certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is affiliated to Sharp Health Care, Scripps Mercy and the University of California, San Diego. He was the Chief of Cardiology at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center since 1987 until 2007.

Araucaria is a native Chilean pine tree and its habitat is the southern region of Chile. Uncontrolled logging and other negative human activities today threaten the survival of this tree. Likewise, humans have created hazards for their own health through harmful lifestyle habits such as smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise. The heart is one of its main victims.

Fundacion Araucaria Foundation provided assistance to the development of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs in Chile by training Registered Nurses from that country with expertise in cardiovascular care through visits to the Sharp Health Care Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in San Diego, California. For the last 18 years the foundation has provided support to research in the epidemiology and mechanisms of atherosclerosis and heart disease, and in the outcomes of patients treated for heart attacks in Chile (project GEMI). The foundation has sponsored a research project looking at quality of care and disparities in the management of patients presenting with a suspected heart attack at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (in the San Diego region). Another research study under Fundacion Araucaria’s sponsorship is the San Francisco Project, conducted in San Francisco de Mostazal, a mostly agrarian city in the central region of Chile. In this study an adult population is being followed now for more than 10 years with the main objective to define risk factors determining cardiovascular disease and mortality. Since 2010 the foundation has provided assistance to a study conducted in primary care centers of the Metropolitan region of Santiago (the Chilean capital) looking at factors influencing a satisfactory blood pressure control in adults with hypertension (“high blood pressure”), and its impact in cardiovascular disease and mortality.

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