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Europe & Central Asia

Europe & Central Asia is the region most affected by noncommunicable diseases, with cardiovascular disease being responsible for more than half of all deaths across the region.

Europe and Central Asia have the highest prevalence of tobacco smoking among adults aged 15 and older as well as the highest alcohol consumption levels in the world.

90%

of all deaths in Europe and Central Asia are due to noncommunicable diseases

4.2M

people die in the region every year because of CVD

Europe & Central Asia have the highest proportion of smokers in the world

Our Members

British Heart Foundation
European Congenital Heart Disease Organisation

European Congenital Heart Disease Organisation

Georgian Heart Foundation

Georgian Heart Foundation

Heart Research UK
Herzschwäche Deutschland E.v.

Herzschwäche Deutschland E.v.

Heart Valve Voice

Heart Valve Voice

Inoca International
Kalangos Foundation
ISRAELI HEART ASSOCIATION –  HEART & CVD PATIENT ORGANIZATION

ISRAELI HEART ASSOCIATION – HEART & CVD PATIENT ORGANIZATION

ParSirdi.lv

ParSirdi.lv

PANHELLENIC CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE ASSOCIATION

PANHELLENIC CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE ASSOCIATION

Russian Society of Cardiology
Reach
Sismed

Sismed

Latest News

Going the extra mile to make hearts better

In the run-up to World Heart Day, Heart Hero Dr Maria Rosa Costanzo lets us in on a life and career dedicated to those battling heart disease. A cardiologist in Illinois, Dr Costanzo has accompanied patients on their journey all the way to heart transplants, evaluated organ donors, and continues to provide care that spans […]

Patients’ voices, not only their hearts, must be heard

For the past three decades, Neil Johnson has been working with patients who live with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Empowering this global community to participate in their care drives him to help patients’ advocate for their health, and to connect patient organisations and caregivers. It is a crucial filler of the current “implementation gap” so that […]

WHF joins WHO and 200 other health organizations to call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

The international scientific consensus is clear: to protect the health and lives of present and future generations we need a rapid, equitable phase-out of fossil fuels globally, so as not to exceed 1.5ºC of warming. The World Heart Federation joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health professionals and organizations to call on governments […]

Air Pollution

Addressing the European Framework for Action on Alcohol 2022-25

This is a statement made at the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the EURO Region. We welcome the European framework for action on alcohol 2022–2025. We endorse the evidence-based language of the Framework. We support the six areas for priority action. They provide a concrete focus on the most cost-effective alcohol […]

Alcohol

Air Pollution

Air Pollution

Chagas Disease

Chagas Disease

Cholesterol

Cholesterol

COVID-19

COVID-19

Diabetes

Diabetes

Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet

Heart Failure

Heart Failure

Hypertension

Hypertension

Obesity

Obesity

Prevention

Prevention

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Tobacco

Tobacco

Women & CVD

Women & CVD

The most common heart attack symptom, in both men and women, is some type of chest pain, pressure or discomfort. But chest pain is not always the most noticeable symptom, especially in women, who are more likely to experience it as pressure or tightness in the chest. They may even have no chest pain at […]