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Infographics: Global Hearts Initiative

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2016 World Heart Day infographic

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Working together to beat cardiovascular disease


Cardiovascular disease is the world’s biggest killer, claiming 17.5 million lives per year

1/3 prematurely under 70 years.
This number is increasing steadily
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80% of all CVD deaths are from heart attacks and strokes

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75% occur in developing countries

Premature deaths from heart attacks and strokes threaten global health and development.


Major risk factors contributing to CVDs are:
Tobacco use (icon of no smoking symbol) + consumption of foods high in salt (icon of french fries) + high blood pressure

THE GLOBAL HEARTS INITIATIVE: Responding to the global cardiovascular disease crisis

An initiative to scale up national responses for prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases.

mpower (with logo)

Technical package to defeat the global tobacco epidemic

SHAKE The Salt Habit (with logo)

Technical package for salt reduction

HEARTS (with logo)

Technical package for cardiovascular disease management in primary health care

In the 2030 Sustainabile Development Agenda, governments have committed to step up action to reduce premature deaths from cardiovascular disease and other NCDs to improve health and promote development.
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