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.Read more
Top storyLooking beyond hospitals to save lives
Lowering the mortality of heart attacks starts outside of the hospital walls as experience from Denmark shows.
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- Noncommunicable diseases and air pollution
Key policyAction Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the WHO European Region 2016–2025
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.Go to World Health Day 2013 site
PublicationsReview of acute care and rehabilitation services for heart attack and stroke in Belarus (2017) More publications
Data and statistics
The percentage of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease in the European Region
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