Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today
The term ‘cardiovascular disease’ (CVD) refers to any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel. More people die from CVDs worldwide than from any other cause: over 17.9 million every year, according to the World Health Organization. Of these deaths, 80% are due to coronary heart diseases (eg heart attack) and cerebrovascular diseases (eg strokes) and mostly affect low- and middle-income countries.
To find out more about actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD and controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Click here: www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/cvds/
At least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
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