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WHO publishes new guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of hypertension

25 August, 2021

The number of adults aged 30-79 living with hypertension has doubled from 650 million to 1.28 billion since 1990 and more than 700 million people are living with untreated hypertension, according to the first comprehensive global analysis of trends in hypertension prevalence, detection, treatment and control, published today in The Lancet. In what can be […]

The role of patient support groups in the prevention and management of RHD

9 August, 2021

Guest post: Christine Katusiime, RHD Patient Support Group-UHI The RHD Patient Support Group in Uganda was started in 2015 by a group of patients diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) attending the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) cardiac clinic in Kampala. This group is composed of patients who have had different experiences with RHD. Some have […]

Heart and lung organizations urge World Health Organization to publish Global Air Quality Guidelines

5 August, 2021

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and thirteen partner organisations have written to the World Health Organization (WHO) to call on WHO to proceed with the rapid publication and dissemination of the 2021 update to the WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs). Read the open letter below. We are leading medical, public health, and scientific societies and patients’ organizations […]

Argentine Society of Cardiology: A Healthy Heart in a Healthy Environment

19 July, 2021

Guest post: Dr. César Berenstein, Argentine Society of Cardiology Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, causing more than 18 million deaths in 2019. On the other hand, air pollution caused 6.7 million deaths in 2019, 50% of which are due to cardiovascular disease. It is also important to consider that air […]

Leading cardiovascular organizations call for global action to improve clinician well-being

13 July, 2021

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (13 July 2021) — Clinician well-being is imperative to providing high-quality patient care, yet clinician burnout continues to increase, especially over the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four leading cardiovascular organizations – the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology and the World Heart Federation – […]

World Heart Day 2021 is live!

12 July, 2021

As the world struggles to fight COVID-19, we’ve never been more aware of the importance of our and our loved one’s health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the world’s number one killer, resulting in 18.6 million deaths a year. It has many causes: from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, to air pollution, and less […]

SASNET GHANA urges action to prioritize CVD prevention and control

28 June, 2021

Last year, the Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana (SASNET GHANA) launched a national campaign aiming at identifying policy gaps and priority areas of intervention to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The campaign, which took place in the lead-up to World Heart Day 2020, received the support of the World Heart Federation through the World […]

World Congress of Cardiology 2022 will be held in Brazil

24 June, 2021

The most important event in cardiology returns to Rio de Janeiro after 24 years; the last time WCC came to South America was in Argentina, 2008 The event, which will be hosted by the World Heart Federation and the Brazilian Society of Cardiology, aims to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of risk factors […]

WHF launches a new partnership to help end Rheumatic Heart Disease

15 June, 2021

Geneva. 15 June 2021. Major health groups have joined forces to combat a largely ignored but preventable heart disease that affects more than 39 million people worldwide – as many or more than the number of people living with HIV AIDS — and claims more than 290,000 lives each year. In Africa, Colours to Save […]

PHFI announces eLearning courses 2021-2022 on health promotion and tobacco control

7 June, 2021

Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 eLearning courses of the Health Promotion Division at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). PHFI is a public-private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies, including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. The courses […]

Highlights from the 74th World Health Assembly

2 June, 2021

The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74), under the theme “Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world”, concluded this week, with Member States adopting more than 30 resolutions and decisions on diabetes, noncommunicable diseases, patient safety, neglected tropical diseases, oral health, local production of medicines, social determinants of health, and the healthcare workforce, among others. Of particular […]