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Guidance & Recommendations

The World Heart Federation supports the development of policies that have a positive impact on people’s heart health. Our roadmaps, policy briefs and position papers can be adapted to different contexts and are regularly updated based on the latest available evidence.

CVD Roadmaps

Our Roadmaps are designed and developed by international teams of experts who together identify challenges and offer solutions on specific topics impacting cardiovascular mortality. They can serve as models for regions and countries to develop their own Roadmaps and create or update their national non-communicable disease action plans. They offer a framework to bring together stakeholders with the objective of determining, prioritizing and implementing solutions to reduce premature CVD deaths in any context.

Atrial Fibrillation
Chagas Disease
Cholesterol
CVD in People Living with Diabetes
Heart Failure
Hypertension
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Secondary Prevention
Tobacco Control
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Policy Briefs

Our policy briefs present concise summaries of information that can help readers understand and make informed decisions about policies related to cardiovascular disease, associated risk factors and determinants of health. They provide objective summaries of relevant research, outline existing global policies, suggest possible approaches and argue for courses of action that governments should take when creating or considering policies to foster healthy environments in their country or region.

WHF Policy Brief on Front-of-Pack Labelling
Clean Air, Smart Cities, Healthy Hearts
E-cigarettes: A New Threat for Cardiovascular Health
The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Cardiovascular Health: Myths and Measures

 

Position Papers

Our position papers reflect our policy positions on a wide range of CVD-related issues. They are supported by scientific studies published in recognized journals and have a rigorous review and approval process. These papers generally include a review of data available on a specific subject, an evaluation on its relationship to overall cardiovascular disease science, and WHF recommendations on the basis of that evaluation within the context of global public health policy.

The Case for the Digital Transformation of Circulatory Health
Improving Access to Essential Medicines for All People: A Call to Action
Preventing the Next Pandemic: The Case for Investing in Circulatory Health

Latest News

Colours to Save Hearts programme: First-Year Report

In 2019, WHF designed an easy-to-print colouring book. It is a fun, educational resource that allows children to play and learn about the links between sore throats, rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), and the damage these can cause to heart valves. It aims to instill the right reflexes in children, their parents […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

World Heart Grants 2021: Argentine Federation of Cardiology

In 2021, during the COVID 19 pandemic, the Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC) developed a project to get even closer to the community, so that the message regarding the prevention of cardiovascular diseases reaches the homes of all Argentinians. The project was an important step for the institution according to the growth it has achieved […]

WHF partners with the American College of Cardiology to host ACC.23/WCC in New Orleans in March 2023

  The World Heart Federation is thrilled to announce that the 2023 World Congress of Cardiology will be held in New Orleans in partnership with the American College of Cardiology. This will follow our 2022 Congress, which is taking place this October in Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with the Brazilian Society of Cardiology. ACC.23 […]

The Beat of Change: Celia’s Story

Rheumatic fever is a neglected disease that, if left untreated, develops into the life-threatening rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Mozambique is one of the countries with the highest rates of RHD, mostly affecting children between 5 and 15 years old. This mini documentary takes an intimate look into the experience of Celia, a young girl from […]

Rheumatic Heart Disease

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Air Pollution

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COVID-19

Diabetes

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Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet

Heart Failure

Heart Failure

Hypertension

Hypertension

Obesity

Obesity

Prevention

Prevention

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Tobacco

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Women & CVD

Women & CVD

The most common heart attack symptom, in both men and women, is some type of chest pain, pressure or discomfort. But chest pain is not always the most noticeable symptom, especially in women, who are more likely to experience it as pressure or tightness in the chest. They may even have no chest pain at […]