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New WHF Strategy 2021-23: Cardiovascular Health for Everyone

19 January, 2021

Cardiovascular health concerns every living person in the world. From hereditary conditions to lifestyle habits, such as smoking, and societal and environmental contexts, such as air pollution and sedentary systems, our hearts are faced with numerous threats. This is why in each country and community there are doctors, nurses, carers, researchers, campaigners and pioneers for […]

World Heart 2020: beating CVD, facing COVID-19

18 December, 2020

Dear Friends, A year like no other is behind us. The entire world – our governments, economies, and societies – has been tested like never before in our lifetimes. Faced with a global threat and many unknowns, we spent the past ten months fighting the virus and protecting the cardiovascular health of people everywhere. We […]

Universal Health Coverage Day: a call to action from the Global Coalition

12 December, 2020

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide. They constitute a significant threat to global development, with 75% of related deaths happening in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to the burden of mortality, the number of people living two or more chronic conditions has increased steadily over the past 20 years, resulting […]

Taking action for women’s cardiovascular health in Colombia

9 December, 2020

Women in communities of African descent are more likely to live in poverty and lack access to health care, as well as to suffer from overweight, obesity and hypertension – all risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Case-in-point is Colombia, where 44 percent of black women find living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including CVD, a […]

Announcing the World Heart Awards 2020 winners

1 December, 2020

WHF is thrilled to announce the winners of the World Heart Awards which celebrate organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their quest to fight cardiovascular disease and promote heart health around the world. The 2020 winners are: Individual Awards WHF Lifetime Achievement Award Prof Henry Blackburn & Prof Pekka Puska WHF Advocacy […]

Heart Talks: 6 key lessons on the future of the cardiovascular workforce

30 November, 2020

Between 8 October – 19 November 2020, the World Heart Federation challenged public health experts from policymaking, international organizations, academia, and the private sector, as well as health providers working on the frontlines, to Rethink the Future of the Cardiovascular Workforce in the 4-part, pandemic-induced webinars series Heart Talks. What emerged were four through-provoking global […]

Professor Pekka Puska recognized with WHF Lifetime Achievement Award

30 November, 2020

Geneva (30 November 2020) – WHF Past President Prof Pekka Puska has been awarded with the 2020 WHF Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable contribution to the mission of the World Heart Federation and for his prominent role in the global battle against chronic and cardiovascular diseases over the entirety of his illustrious career. Prof […]

4.6 million lives could be saved by 2030: A conversation with the authors of the Lancet report on NCDIs among the poorest billion

26 November, 2020

Last month, the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission published a groundbreaking report on noncommunicable diseases and injuries (NCDIs) among the world’s poorest people. The report highlighted the fact that non-communicable diseases & injuries cause more death & disability at every age among the world’s poorest billion than in wealthy countries, and argues that 4.6 million lives could […]

Announcing the World Heart Photography Competition

25 November, 2020

WHF has launched a Photo Competition aimed at highlighting the challenges that people around the world face because of cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as the actions that people are taking to promote heart health and support those affected by CVD. Photographers are invited to submit one or more photographs depicting the human side of […]

A review of atrial fibrillation (AF) and AF-related stroke public health policies

23 November, 2020

For many, a stroke will be the first sign of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common heart arrhythmia worldwide affecting nearly 33.5 million individuals. However, this number is likely underestimated due to asymptomatic individuals remaining undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms are a sign of AF. Individuals ≥ 65 years of age are disproportionately affected, […]

Slovenian Heart Foundation – putting families at the heart of action

18 November, 2020

This September, the Slovenian Heart Foundation (SHF) celebrated World Heart Day by organizing several events dedicated to family activities – the perfect place to start taking action to improve your heart health. The campaign, which also highlighted the link between COVID-19 and CVD, received the support of the World Heart Federation through the World Heart […]