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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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Advocating for Heart Health at WHA77

The World Heart Federation (WHF) proudly represented the global cardiovascular community at the Seventy-Seventh World Health Assembly, which successfully concluded on 1 June 2024.    WHF played a key role in leading two constituency statements on Universal Health Coverage and Climate Change and Health, calling on Member States to:   Expand coverage of essential health services for […]

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#WHA77: Strengthening Cardiovascular Care for Maternal Health

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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 […]