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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New studies of street food in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan show alarming levels of trans fat and salt

New research from WHO conducted in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has found that street food commonly sold in these countries contains high levels of salt and trans fat. Consuming excess salt and trans fat on a regular basis increases the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke.

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


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