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WHF announces new conflict of interest policy on tobacco

31 May, 2021

On World No Tobacco Day, the World Heart Federation has launched a new initiative to address tobacco industry interference in science and research. Tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the world. The tobacco industry has a long history of systematic and deliberate interference in health and regulatory sciences. By […]

Addressing patient safety at #WHA74

28 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 13.1: Global action on patient safety by the International Alliance of Patients Organizations, International Atherosclerosis Society, International Diabetes Federation, International Ergonomics Association, International Hospital Federation, World Federation of Public Health Associations, World Heart Federation, International Society of Nephrology and World Organization of […]

Addressing social determinants of health at #WHA74

28 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 22.1: Social Determinants of Health on behalf of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC),  the World Heart Federation and the NCD Alliance. Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this statement on behalf of UICC, WHF, and NCDA. We welcome the […]

When an irregular heartbeat is something more: the WHF Roadmap on Atrial Fibrillation

27 May, 2021

The heart’s two upper chambers (atria), and two lower chambers (ventricles), beat in coordinated motion to carry oxygen-rich blood and other nutrients around the whole body. In people with cardiac arrythmia, this coordination is disrupted and can become life-threatening. The most common form of arrythmia is Atrial Fibrillation (AF), also called AFiB, affecting more than […]

Leading cardiovascular organizations call for global action to end the tobacco epidemic

26 May, 2021

Geneva, 26 May 2021 – Tobacco use continues to be a primary contributor to the global burden of disease, causing an estimated 12% of deaths worldwide among people aged 30 and over. Four leading cardiovascular organizations – American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology and World Heart Federation – today released […]

How can data help us defeat the world’s biggest killer?

26 May, 2021

COVID-19 has made everyone – even the most skeptical – realize how data, digital technology, and AI are true enablers for delivering health and care. Two new initiatives aim to use this momentum to help defeat the world’s biggest killer. By Dr Ann Aerts, WHF President Prof Fausto J. Pinto, Elena Bonfiglioli While cardiovascular, or […]

Addressing the burden of rheumatic heart disease at #WHA74

25 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 16: Committing to implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) by the World Heart Federation.   Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation applauds the WHO for its leadership in the implementation of Resolution […]

Addressing circulatory health and COVID-19 at #WHA74

24 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 17: Strengthening WHO’s global emergency preparedness and response by the World Heart Federation, Framework Convention Alliance, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, International Atherosclerosis Society, International Diabetes Federation, International Society of Hypertension, International Society of Nephrology, World Hypertension League, […]

Addressing diabetes and access to insulin at #WHA74

24 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 13.3: Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases by the International Diabetes Federation, International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations, International Association for Dental Research, International Atherosclerosis Society, […]

Addressing oral health and NCDs at #WHA74

24 May, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly on Agenda item 13.2: Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases by the World Dental Federation and the International Association for Dental Research supported by the World Heart Federation, […]

WHF partners with LoSalt® in bid to tackle hypertension

18 May, 2021

In the wake of World Hypertension Day, we are delighted to announce our partnership with LoSalt®, the UK’s leading reduced sodium salt. With a shared purpose of reducing incidence of hypertension, the partnership has been formed in a bid to raise consumer awareness, particularly in relation to reducing sodium consumption. Hypertension, commonly known as high […]