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Mitigate heart disease through accessible cardiovascular care for all

29 Sep 2022

Read the full article by WHF President Prof Fausto Pinto on Mediaplanet.

With all we are learning, why do gaps in cardiovascular care persist? A new vision, unique portal and indicative poll can open doors to cardiovascular health. Access to comprehensive care is the way forward.

Being part of the evolving landscape of cardiovascular care is as rewarding a career as it gets. There is an increase in new treatments, rising recognition of prevention and hands-on help for patients. Yet, we wonder what extra action, device, medication, policy or lifestyle change we must recommend to reduce the above 18 million deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Education on disease risks

In a recent survey across 25 countries, most respondents put cancer as the cause of mortality ahead of CVD, although CVD is the leading cause. Only 3% of people identified overall education as a key to mitigating heart disease. Few people ranked tobacco and alcohol as primary risk factors. Although, every year, three million people die from heart disease attributable to tobacco use and exposure, and alcohol can increase disease risk.

Changing the course of health history requires rallying the medical community, patient groups, industry partners and crafters of policies and frameworks that determine how and when citizens can best access care. With this year’s creation of the World Heart Observatory, we have a hub where all disciplines can share globally sourced actionable data on cardiovascular conditions, risk factors, interventions and the impacts of policy on health care.