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Dr Salim Yusuf closes WCC 2016 with a call for accelerated global action to tackle endemic cardiovascular disease

08 Jun 2016

On 7 June, the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health (WCC 2016) concluded with a rallying call for individuals, heart societies and policy makers around the world to accelerate the fight for cardiovascular health.


Over the course of four days, researchers, cardiologists, policymakers and health leaders have had the opportunity to participate in scientific sessions, discuss ground-breaking research and consider new technological advances. Perhaps more importantly, WCC 2016 has united participants looking to learn from practical examples how interventions from around the world can be implemented in various settings to save lives.

Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive Officer of the World Heart Federation said: “This congress has catalysed the global CVD community’s commitment and energy towards common goals and speaking with one voice. Now it is time to translate commitment into action, including ensuring we all support the WHO Global Action plan and develop national plans and systems to support heart health.”

Highlights of the congress have included the launch of the Mexico Declaration for Circulatory Health – the most comprehensive global declaration on heart health, as well as the launch of a Global Status Report outlining disease control activities worldwide, and the ground-breaking INVICTUS programme.