WHO works against cardiovascular diseases
Cardiovascular diseases are one of the NCDs and the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from Cardiovascular diseases than from any other cause.
Economic transition urbanisation, industrialisation and globalisation bring about lifestyle changes that promote heart disease. These risk factors include tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet. Life expectancy in developing countries is rising sharply and people are exposed to these risk factors for longer periods. Newly merging risk factors like low birth weight, folate deficiency and infections are also more frequent among the poorest in low and middle income countries.
The Goal of the WHO Global Strategy is to effectively control the risk factors and to reduce the burden of the fast growing cardiovascular disease epidemic particularly in developing countries.