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Middle East & North Africa

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the Middle East and North Africa region, responsible for more than one third of all deaths, or 1.4 million people every year.

Deaths attributed to cardiovascular diseases range from 40% of total deaths in Oman to 10% in Somalia.

1.4M

people die every year from CVD in the region

The total number of CVD deaths has risen by 48% in the last 30 years

The burden of obesity in the region more than doubled between 2000 and 2019

Our Members

Afghanistan NCD Alliance

Afghanistan NCD Alliance

Afghanistan Society of Cardiology

Afghanistan Society of Cardiology

Emirates Cardiac Society
Gulf Heart Association
Iranian Heart Foundation
Libyan Society of Cardiology

Libyan Society of Cardiology

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 […]