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Resource effective strategies to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease

14 July, 2016

A new article just published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal reviews the current gaps in the prevention and management of CVD compared with the evidence (evidence-practice gaps), barriers to closing evidence-practice gaps, and targets for resource-effective interventions. The review is titled ‘Resource Effective Strategies to Prevent and Treat Cardiovascular Disease’ and is co-authored […]

Uruguay celebrates victory in protecting its health policy against legal attacks from Philip Morris International

Uruguay celebrates victory in protecting its health policy against legal attacks from Philip Morris International

11 July, 2016

In 2010, PMI, one of the world’s largest corporations, took Uruguay, one of the world’s smallest countries, to court. The corporation was seeking compensation for health policies (such as graphic health warnings covering 80% of the surface area of tobacco packaging) that it claimed devalued its brand and investments. On Friday 8 July, the International […]

Uruguay celebrates victory in protecting its health policy against legal attacks from Philip Morris

11 July, 2016

On Friday 8 July, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ruled in favour of Uruguay on 12 of the 14 points of dispute. The ruling has international repercussions for tobacco control, setting a precedent that favours public health over commercial interests. The World Heart Federation Board is sending its personal congratulations to […]

Nigerian Heart Foundation uses World No Tobacco Day to ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’

Nigerian Heart Foundation uses World No Tobacco Day to ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’

7 July, 2016

On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) organized a Press Conference to commemorate World No Tobacco Day, 2016 themed ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’ Speaking at the event, the NHF Director, Tobacco Programme; Mr. Dapo Rotifa said’ as a strategic plan to reduce smoking among Nigerians, plain packaging should be introduced as […]

Johanna Ralston highlights key themes, events and announcements from WCC 2016

14 June, 2016

Last week the World Heart Federation had the honour of hosting our biennial World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Mexico City. Thank you to everyone – from our event organizers and hosts to our esteemed speakers, delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and, of course, WHF members – for making the event so stimulating and inspiring. […]

Dr Salim Yusuf closes WCC 2016 with a call for accelerated global action to tackle endemic cardiovascular disease

8 June, 2016

On 7 June, the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health (WCC 2016) concluded with a rallying call for individuals, heart societies and policy makers around the world to accelerate the fight for cardiovascular health.   Over the course of four days, researchers, cardiologists, policymakers and health leaders have had the opportunity […]

Tackling the CVD/NCD Epidemic in the developing world

Tackling the CVD/NCD Epidemic in the developing world

8 June, 2016

At a WCC 2016 plenary session on 6 June, Professor Krisela Steyn from the University of Cape Town addressed the issue of health systems for NCD prevention in developing countries.   Professor Steyn indicated the challenges of creating an equitable food system in developing countries, where the main buyers of crops are multinational corporations which […]

Global experts call for stronger tobacco control laws to save millions of lives per year

Global experts call for stronger tobacco control laws to save millions of lives per year

7 June, 2016

Experts from around the world have come together at the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health to call for more to be done to fight tobacco industry interference and strengthen tobacco control laws.   Smoking is estimated to cause nearly 10 per cent of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and is the second […]

Invictus, the biggest ever rheumatic disease patient programme, launches at WCC 2016

Invictus, the biggest ever rheumatic disease patient programme, launches at WCC 2016

7 June, 2016

Cardiovascular experts from South Africa and Canada have today announced plans to perform the largest ever global studies of patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a disease which currently kills approximately 233,000 people per year, despite being almost entirely preventable.   The INVICTUS programme builds upon the REMEDY project, which released the findings of a […]

Karen Sliwa elected as World Heart Federation President-Elect

7 June, 2016

Last night at the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016, we held our General Assembly, during which election were held for several positions, including that of World Heart Federation President-Elect, currently held by Professor David Wood.   Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Heart Federation “Last night the World Heart Federation membership elected Karen Sliwa […]

CVD Roadmap on Tobacco Control presented and implementation of the global tobacco control treaty in Latin America discussed at WCC 2016

7 June, 2016

Yesterday at the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health, Eduardo Bianco from the Framework Convention Alliance presented the World Heart Federation’s CVD Roadmap on Tobacco Control.   The CVD Roadmap is a tool for prioritizing actions for reducing prevalence of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure by implementing the global tobacco control treaty (WHO Framework […]