Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, more than 17 million people died due to CVD in 2004. Of those deaths, more than 12 million were from heart attacks and strokes, which have risk factors that are 80% behavioral. Those deaths were mostly preventable.
CVD is unfairly biased. It affects poorer populations more, as 82% of CVD deaths are from low- and middle-income countries. These population lack access to education and healthcare, which is why organizations like Heartbeat International exist.
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), like CVD, have overtaken communicable diseases, like AIDS and malaria. Of the NCDs, CVD is the most widespread and causes the most deaths. TheNon-Communicable Diseases Alliance, has been pushing the topic of NCDs on the world’s agenda, and in September 2011, there will be a high-level United Nations Summit to address the overwhelming increase of NCDs around the world.
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