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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

Addressing Noncommunicable Diseases at WHA75

This is a statement made at the 75th World Health Assembly (22-28 May 2022) on Agenda Item 14.1: Follow-up to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases; Annex A: Draft implementation road map 2023–2030 for the global action plan for the prevention […]

Addressing Emergency Preparedness at WHA75

This is a statement made at the 75th World Health Assembly (22-28 May 2022) on Agenda Item 16.2: Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies.   Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, People living with circulatory conditions are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of attention to NCDs in the early stages of […]

The World Heart Summit urges global cooperation for everyone’s cardiovascular health

Health experts concluded a two-day World Heart Summit in Geneva on 21-22 May 2022, convened by the World Heart Federation (WHF), and urged greater efforts by all sectors – not just health — to reduce cardiovascular disease that is 80% preventable yet claiming the lives of more than 18 million people every year.  “In all […]

World Hypertension Day: Taking action against the silent epidemic of high blood pressure

Hypertension is the leading preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It affects an estimated 1.3 billion worldwide, killing approximately 10 million people every year. Low and middle-income countries have seen a growing prevalence of hypertension in recent years, with many countries having to deal with the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. In Sub-Saharan […]

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Diabetes

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Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet

Heart Failure

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Rheumatic Heart Disease

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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 […]