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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WHO/Europe International Conference on Cardiovascular Diseases

The Conference, jointly organized by WHO/Europe together with the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, will bring together policy-makers, technical experts, patient and professional associations and other partners for CVDs and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Representatives of all 53 Member States of the WHO European Region are invited.

19–20 November 2015, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

World Health Day 2013

The theme for World Health Day in 2013 was 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, 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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Yoga flash mob in Vienna, Austria, 4 July 2013


Unite in the fight against NCDs