Cardiovascular diseases

Every year, an estimated 17 million people globally die of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), particularly heart attacks and strokes. CVDs occur almost equally in men and women. Although heart attacks and strokes are major killers in all parts of the world, 80% of premature deaths from these causes could be avoided by controlling the main risk factors: tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

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Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke linked to more than 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

A new report produced by WHO, the World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia for World Heart Day celebrated globally on 29 September, confirms a well-established causal link between tobacco smoking and morbidity and mortality related to coronary heart disease and urges all tobacco users to quit.

CVD ASSESS

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HEARTS

Technical package for CVD management in primary health care

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Voices of the Region

Jim Geraghty is a 65-year-old farmer from Tullamore, Ireland who suffers a heart condition. In this short film, he offers insights into how notions of masculinity affected his decision to seek medical help.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure.

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Data and statistics

50%

The percentage of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease in the European Region


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Tobacco breaks hearts - choose health, not tobacco

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