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Western Pacific

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the Western Pacific, accounting for nearly 40% of all deaths.

The region is also home to the world’s largest burden of rheumatic heart disease, which remains a major health issue in low- and middle-income countries in the Western Pacific Region, as well as among Indigenous communities in Australia and New Zealand.

5.7M

people die from CVD every year in the Western Pacific

CVD is the number one cause of death in the region

82,000

people die from rheumatic heart disease every year in the region

Latest News

WHF joins International Support for Malaysia’s Generational End Game Policy for Tobacco

The World Heart Federation (WHF) officially endorsed a statement issued by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) to support the Ministry of Health of Malaysia on its Generational End Game (GEG) policy proposal. WHF believes that the GEG policy constitutes a sensible strategy to protect future generations from lifelong addiction as well as chronic […]

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World Heart Grants 2022 Winners Announced

We are thrilled to announce the 17 WHF Member organizations that have been selected to receive a World Heart Grant this year. Funded programmes support campaigns promoting World Heart Day, as well as an initiative raising awareness about the link between air pollution and cardiovascular disease, and a project aiming at preventing tobacco use and […]

Mitigate heart disease through accessible cardiovascular care for all

Read the full article by WHF President Prof Fausto Pinto on Mediaplanet. With all we are learning, why do gaps in cardiovascular care persist? A new vision, unique portal and indicative poll can open doors to cardiovascular health. Access to comprehensive care is the way forward. Being part of the evolving landscape of cardiovascular care […]

World Heart Day 2022: Global Awareness and Opinion Survey

World Heart Day: Global Awareness and Opinion Survey  The World Heart Federation partnered with CARMA, a world leader in integrated research and insight, to conduct an online Global Awareness and Opinion Survey involving 2500 respondents from 25 countries. In answering the questions, respondents ranked their own awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and related risk factors, […]

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 […]