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CVD Roadmaps

In 2014, the World Heart Federation (WHF) launched an initiative to develop a series of Global Roadmaps, with the aim of identifying potential roadblocks on the pathway to effective prevention, detection and management of CVD, along with evidence-based solutions to overcome them.

The CVD roadmaps have become the cornerstone of WHF activities as resources for implementation to guide initiatives to support heart health globally, translating science into policy and influencing agencies, governments and policymakers alike.

With this framework, countries can develop or update national noncommunicable disease (NCD) programmes aligned with the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020. The overall aim is to drive efforts within national agendas to meet the ambitious target set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals: a 30% reduction in premature mortality caused by NCDs, including CVD, by 2030.

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Informing health systems approaches to CVD by prioritizing practical, proven, cost-effective action.

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Assessing strengths and gaps in national CVD programmes and policies.

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Translating global frameworks into local action for better heart health.

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Implementing the WHF Roadmap for Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

“Through my secondary prevention programme, I have discovered the power of self-care and prioritising my health.” Such valuable patient testimony reflects the crucial need for access to follow-up treatment after a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke. The “know-how” exists. Every year, 20.5 million people die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), close to […]


Cholesterol risks and remedies: A Roadmap to improve cardiovascular health

Increasingly, evidence is equipping us with ways to manage our blood cholesterol levels that can mitigate or prevent dangerous cardiovascular conditions. The updated World Heart Federation Roadmap for Cholesterol delves into the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and policies for better outcomes and highlights implementation case studies. The Roadmap focuses on approaches to reduce atherosclerosis and atherosclerotic […]


Charting cardiovascular care in a digital world

Digital health interventions (DHI) are here to stay, and they keep growing. By 2020, there were nearly 7 billion mobile phone and nearly 4 billion smartphone users. From text messaging platforms, mobile (mHealth) apps, telehealth consultations, and wearable devices, healthcare aided by digital tools has expanded, partly propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the […]

Reducing heart attack mortality by 30% by 2030 in Argentina

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in Argentina, accounting for a third of all deaths in 2017.  It represents the leading cause of premature death in both genders (35% in men and 28% in women), making it the leading cause of preventable death in our country. Among the risk factors for CVD, […]

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