Every Heart Counts

Every Heart Counts

Division of Global Health

Cardiovascular diseases are a group of blood and heart disorders that can lead to heart attack and stroke

  • Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide
  • Over 3 out of 4 deaths from cardiovascular diseases occur in low- and middle-income countries
  • 1 out of 3 deaths worldwide are due to cardiovascular diseases

An Increasing Burden
Low- and middle-income countries often face:

  • Double the Burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases
  • Limited access to effective and equitable health care services
  • Delayed detection and treatment
  • Over-burdened, less resilient health systems
  • High productivity losses from premature death and disability
  • Strained economic development

To support governments around the world to prevent and control cardiovascular diseases, CDC:

  • Provides scientific, technical, and programmatic assistance
  • Strengthens epidemiological workforce
  • Supports the launch and scale up interventions
  • Enhances surveillance, laboratory, and public health capacity

Global Targets
CDC’s work aligns with global targets to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases through prevention and treatment:

  • WHO NCD Global Monitoring Framework – 25% by 2025
  • WHO 13th General Programme of Work – 20% by 2023
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals – 33% by 2030