Every Heart Counts

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Every Heart Counts

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

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

An Increasing Burden

Low- and middle-income countries often face:

  • Double Burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases
  • Limited access to effective and equitable health care services
  • Delayed detection and treatment

These conditions can lead to:

  • Over-burdened, less resilient health systems
  • High productivity losses from premature death and disability
  • Strained economic development

CDC’s Response

In collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and other global organizations, CDC provides technical support for global initiatives such as:

  • The HEARTS technical package Supports Ministries of Health to strengthen cardiovascular disease management in primary health care settings
  • The REPLACE action package Aims to eliminate industrially-produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023

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

For more information visit www.cdc.gov/globalhealth

Source: World Health Organization, 2017

US Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Page last reviewed: September 24, 2019
Content source: Global Health