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The World Heart Federation works to deliver reliable knowledge on the global burden of cardiovascular disease, and information on how it can be managed and prevented in communities around the world.

Global Heart Journal

Our open-access journal, Global Heart, provides a forum for dialogue and education on the prevention, treatment and control of cardiovascular disease worldwide, with a special focus on low resource settings. It publishes research results, points of view and educational material on CVD-related issues.

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Global Study on COVID-19 and CVD

In order to better understand the intersection between cardiovascular disease and COVID-19, the World Heart Federation has embarked on a global study which aims to better describe cardiovascular outcomes and identify cardiovascular risk factors associated with poor prognosis in patients with COVID-19.

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Emerging Leaders Programme

The WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme was created to form and develop a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research and act to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease globally. The Programme, developed by Dr Salim Yusuf in 2014, provides training and networking opportunities in cardiovascular health policy and implementation science for healthcare practitioners, researchers, and global health advocates.

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World Congress of Cardiology

From 1950 to today, the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) has been a key event on the cardiovascular calendar, offering a global perspective on cardiovascular health and bringing together thousands of cardiology professionals from all over the world, with the common goal of reducing the global burden of cardiovascular disease.

This year, we are thrilled to bring the World Heart Federation’s unique global perspective to the Japanese Circulation Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

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CVD Roadmaps

Our Roadmaps are designed and developed by international teams of experts who together identify challenges and offer solutions on specific topics impacting cardiovascular mortality. They can serve as models for regions and countries to develop their own Roadmaps and create or update their national non-communicable disease action plans. They offer a framework to bring together stakeholders with the objective of determining, prioritizing and implementing solutions to reduce premature CVD deaths in any context.

Atrial Fibrillation
Chagas Disease
Cholesterol
CVD in People Living with Diabetes
Heart Failure
Raised Blood Pressure
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Secondary Prevention
Tobacco Control
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CVD Scorecards

Our CVD Scorecards are designed to track and measure the national response of governments to CVD and monitor progress on implementing CVD prevention and management programmes. They provide a core set of indicators which allow us to understand the epidemiological situation in a country, evaluate the status of CVD programmes, identify policy gaps, and help prioritise advocacy for particular policies or programmes.

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Latest News

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

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 […]

Air Pollution

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

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 […]

Air Pollution

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

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!

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 […]

World Heart Day

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Air Pollution

Air Pollution

Chagas Disease

Chagas Disease

COVID-19

COVID-19

Diabetes

Diabetes

Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet

Prevention

Prevention

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Tobacco

Tobacco