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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World Health Day 2013

Focus on high blood pressure

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

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Data and statistics


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

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Yoga flash mob in Vienna, Austria, 4 July 2013


Unite in the fight against NCDs