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GLOBAL IMPACT

Discover the burden of cardiovascular disease by country

GLOBAL IMPACT

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CVD TRENDS

Explore how the global burden of CVD has changed over time.

CVD TRENDS

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Causes & RISKS

Learn about different cardiovascular conditions and risk factors

Causes & RISKS

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* age standardised

IN 2019 THE RATE OF PEOPLE (PER 100,000 POPULATION) WHO LIVED WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IN GHANA WAS

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one killer, claiming 18.6 million lives globally every year.

In only 20 years, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) nearly doubled, from 271 million in 1990 to 523 million in 2019. CVD affects men and women differently. Men, especially those aged between 30 and 60, are more likely to be affected, but women in Central Asia, Oceania, North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe still experience high rates of death and disability due to CVD.

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Causes & Risks

Millions of people worldwide struggle to control the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease, and many others remain unaware of their risk.

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Trends in cardiovascular health have changed over time

But one constant remains: keeping hearts healthy requires access to essential medicines, resilient workforces and strong health systems.

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