NEW YORK, September 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
One week ahead of World Heart Day on 29 September, World Heart Federation calls on governments to increase efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemic
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is today issuing a global policy call to governments to implement surveillance and monitoring systems for CVD
CVD is the leading cause of death globally, claiming 17.5 million lives each year. However, at least 80% of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided by addressing behavioural risk factors and using simple treatments after a heart attack or stroke.
The call to policymakers and governments has been made today at World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Hearts Initiative meeting. The Initiative will help governments to implement both population-level and clinical interventions to reduce CVD rates.
WHF points to three practical steps that policymakers can take to collect reliable data to form accurate and impactful policy around CVD:
On World Heart Day, WHF will also launch its policy brief which identifies gaps and needs in global CVD monitoring and surveillance systems.
Dr Salim Yusuf, President, WHF, says: "We know that robust monitoring and surveillance are key to guiding what policies and strategies we implement and whether they are successful in reducing CVD rates. Countries that measure these rates are also the ones which demonstrate the greatest reductions in CVD.
"We are calling on governments to reinforce their commitment to preventing premature deaths by taking some key steps toward better surveillance of their populations."
Show your support for World Heart Day by tweeting @worldheartfed with your #HealthyHeartSelfie
Read the full global policy call and download the WHF template letter calling on governments to implement reliable and fit for purpose surveillance and monitoring systems for CVD.
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