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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

Addressing the progress towards universal health coverage at EB152

This constituency statement is delivered by the World Heart Federation on behalf of the Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, International College of Surgeons, International Diabetes Federation, International Society of Nephrology, PATH, World Hypertension League, World Organization of Family Doctors, and the World Stroke Organization at the 152nd WHO Executive Board […]

Universal Health Coverage

Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies at EB152

The present constituency statement is delivered by the World Heart Federation on behalf of the Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, International College of Surgeons, International Diabetes Federation, International Society of Nephrology, PATH, The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, World Hypertension League, and World Stroke Organization at the 152nd WHO […]

WHF Roundtables in Zambia, Bangladesh, Portugal and Senegal

WHF has been working closely with WHF Members in Zambia, Bangladesh, Portugal and Senegal to convene Roundtables during the last month. The Zambia Heart and Stroke Foundation brought together key opinion leaders to address the growing use of tobacco in Zambia. Representatives from the Zambia Ministry of Health, multidisciplinary health professionals, and NGOs representing stroke, […]

Emerging Leaders Programme 2023: Applications are now open

Applications are now open for the Emerging Leaders Programme 2023, which will focus on digital health across cardiovascular diseases (such as Coronary Heart Disease, Atrial Fibrillation and Hypertension). Now in its ninth year, the WHF Emerging Leaders Programme provides training and networking opportunities in cardiovascular health policy and implementation research for healthcare practitioners, researchers, and global health […]

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Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease

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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 […]