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Accelerating progress on prevention and control of NCDs in the South-East Asia Region

8 September, 2021

This is a statement made at the 74th Session of the WHO Regional Committee of the South-East Asia on Agenda Item 8.1: Accelerating progress on prevention and control of NCDs, including oral health and integrated eye care, in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this […]

On the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, the World Heart Federation calls for global action to mitigate the negative impacts of air pollution on people’s health

7 September, 2021

GENEVA (7 September 2021) – The World Heart Federation (WHF) has developed a new policy brief aimed at reducing the negative impacts of air pollution on people’s cardiovascular and overall health. Together with high blood pressure, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, air pollution is one of the most important risk factors for heart attack, stroke, […]

Announcing the World Heart Summit 2021: Time to Act on Obesity

3 September, 2021

In the post-pandemic world, health systems continue to brace for impact. And that impact is with the rising rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), overweight and obesity. This increased burden matters. Because the science is clear: obesity is associated with higher rates of CVD deaths and disability. Like CVD, rates of overweight and obesity are influenced […]

Study shows combo therapy cuts risk of heart attacks and strokes by half

29 August, 2021

GENEVA (29 August 2021) – A combination therapy of aspirin, statins and at least two blood pressure medications given in fixed doses can slash the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) by more than half, says an international study involving researchers from the World Heart Federation and published today in The Lancet. The fixed-dose combination (FDC) […]

Unique study on COVID-19 and heart disease sheds light on low- and middle-income countries

29 August, 2021

Geneva (29 August, 2021) – More than 4,000 patients from at least 22 countries are participating in a new global WHF COVID-19 Study, with around 79 per cent coming from Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Analysis of the first half of patients is proving vital in many ways. For example, the study is helping […]

Implementing the Global strategy on digital health in the WHO African Region

25 August, 2021

This is a statement made at the 71st Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the AFRO Region on Agenda item 14: Framework for implementing the Global strategy on digital health in the WHO African Region.   Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, On behalf of the World Heart Federation, we commend the leadership role that […]

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 – […]