United in Prevention - announcing the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

The World Stroke Organization is proud to announce our active participation in the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health launched on 18th October 2017. The Coalition brings together professional organisations and people living with and affected by circulatory diseases, to advocate for international and national actions to prevent and control circulatory diseases many of which contribute to stroke.

Here, David Wood, President of the World Heart Federation highlights the need turn 'what we know' into 'what we do' in relation to public health prevention and health system strengthening.
Circulatory diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing around 17.7 million people a year. This means it is responsible for a third of all deaths on the planet and numbers are set to rise, to an estimated 23 million by 2030.

It is a terrible burden on our society, felt even more keenly in low- and middle-income countries where factors such as rapid urbanization, tobacco use and obesity are an increasing drain on national health systems.

Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30 to 70 die prematurely from CVD - a needless waste of life, particularly when we know that at least 80 per cent of these early deaths could be postponed or avoided entirely. The causes of heart disease and stroke are well known including tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and associated risk factors such as raised blood pressure, abnormal lipids and diabetes. The challenge is to translate our knowledge about causes into public health actions and health care systems, addressing not only treatment but prevention; secondary prevention for those with established disease, primary prevention for those at high risk of developing circulatory diseases and primordial prevention in populations.

The World Heart Federation is working in partnership with the World Stroke Organization and the broader circulatory community to advocate for circulatory health to Governments and to hold policy makers and politicians to account on national strategies and actions to achieve “25 by 25”. By uniting the circulatory community we are in a more powerful position to influence policies by speaking with one voice. Together we can reduce the burden of, and premature deaths from, circulatory diseases, helping people everywhere to live longer, better, more-heart-healthy lives.

Join the conversation about stroke prevention on twitter @Wstrokecampaign #WorldStrokeDay
Visit the World Heart Federation website for more information about the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

United in Prevention - announcing the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health Reviewed by Anita Wiseman on Friday, October 20, 2017 Rating: 5
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