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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

Reducing heart attack mortality by 30% by 2030 in Argentina

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in Argentina, accounting for a third of all deaths in 2017.  It represents the leading cause of premature death in both genders (35% in men and 28% in women), making it the leading cause of preventable death in our country. Among the risk factors for CVD, […]

Heart Attack

A call for strengthening climate change education for all health professionals

This is an open letter to universities and all education stakeholders from the WHO-CS Working Group to advance action on Health and Climate Change, of which the World Heart Federation is a proud member.  Global health challenges are emerging as environmental and climatic changes disrupt all societies worldwide. Health systems and patient needs will be […]

Air Pollution

The World Heart Observatory: Harnessing the Power of Data for Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death, claiming an estimated 18.6 million lives in 2019. That statistic is staggering. Most importantly, an estimated 80% of deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided with early interventions that span the continuum from education and prevention to diagnosis and treatment. As the […]

World Heart Grants 2021: Rwanda Heart Foundation

On World Heart Day 2021, the Rwanda Heart Foundation joined the world to raise awareness about CVDs and their risk factors through the project titled “Family engagement in awareness and prevention of CVDs”. This project aimed to mobilize family members for the prevention and control of CVDs, by encouraging family members to do physical activities […]

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 […]