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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

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WHF New Board begins two-year term

The World Heart Federation is delighted to welcome the new WHF Board 2023-24. The Board is composed of Daniel Piñeiro (Argentina) as President, John Kelly (Australia) as Vice President, Fausto Pinto (Portugal) as Past President, Jagat Narula as President-Elect, Amam Mbakwem (Nigeria) as Vice President-Elect, Richard Chazal (USA) as Treasurer, and Stephan Achenbach (Germany), Takashi […]

Six commitments to advance towards the elimination of Chagas disease as a public health problem

On September 23, 2022, the members of the Chagas Disease Clinical Research Platform[1] and the Global Chagas Coalition[2], attending the 10th Meeting of the Chagas Platform in Bogotá, Colombia, agreed to this document, which is addressed to governments, organizations, funders, and other actors involved in the fight against Chagas disease. The document sets out priorities […]

Chagas Disease

World Heart Grants 2022: Afghanistan NCD Alliance

Last October, the Afghanistan NCD Alliance celebrated World Heart Day by organizing a series of events attended by representatives of the Ministry of Public Health, NCD Department, National Cancer Control Program, as well as the Save the Hearts organization for Afghan peoples, Al-Hayat Hospital and media. The project received support from the World Heart Federation […]

World cardiology leaders call for global action to reinvent randomised clinical trials

Sophia Antipolis, 16 December 2022:  The current model for randomised clinical trials must be redesigned for the 21st century, according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), American Heart Association (AHA), World Heart Federation (WHF) and American College of Cardiology (ACC). The joint statement is published simultaneously in the flagship journals of all four organisations: […]

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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 […]