GENEVA, September 28, 2022 /CNW/ – On World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation (WHF) calls for urgent action on climate change and health inequalities, saying millions more lives are now at risk by cardiovascular diseases, which are still the biggest cause of death in the world.

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Climate change and air pollution are responsible for 25% of deaths from cardiovascular disease, killing 7 million people each year.[1] These deaths and the broader impacts of climate change disproportionately affect vulnerable populations.

Teacher Fausto PintoWHF President: “Millions of already vulnerable people are doubly exposed to extreme weather events and limited access to health care. World leaders must step up their efforts against the two greatest threats of our time: climate change and global health inequalities.

Alongside the World Health Organization (WHO), the WHF calls on governments, civil society and global industry to achieve net-zero emissions targets, tackle global warming and reduce air pollution. air, and to provide access to health care for all.

“Climate change is no longer about polar bears or icebergs. It’s about people’s health, especially the health of the poor. We need to cut emissions in the name of health, or we’ll see more and more disasters and suffering everywhere,” said Dr. Maria NeiraDirector of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO.

A recent WHF global survey[2] revealed that people perceive social inequalities and access to health care as the second most serious problem for cardiovascular disease, with health and climate change and air pollution ranking third. 80% of respondents stressed that government action was essential to reduce the burden of CVD.

WHF is also urging health care providers to issue regular reminders to at-risk groups about the dangers of extreme weather events, including advice on managing excessive heat events.

“We know what works in preventing and treating the world’s biggest killer. It’s time to step up implementation and share responsibility.” adds Professor Pinto.

About World Heart Day 2022

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in World Heart Day and learn more about better heart health. For more information on World Heart Day, visit world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day.

Join the conversation using the #UseHeart hashtag and post builder (world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/get-involved/create-and-share).

Notes to Editors

1. Media Contact: Borjana PervanDirector of Strategy and Communications, World Heart Federation
[email protected], +41 22 807 03 23

2. About the teacher Fausto PintoPresident of WHF
Teacher Fausto Pinto is the current president of the World Heart Federation and past president of the European Society of Cardiology. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal) and Full Professor of Cardiology. He is also Head of Cardiology and Cardiac and Vascular Department at Santa Maria University Hospital, CHULN EPE Follow Professor Pinto on Twitter https://twitter.com/fjpinto1960

3. About World Heart Day
World Heart Day is celebrated annually on September 29 to raise awareness and mobilize international action against cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death on the planet. It is the global initiative where individuals, governments and the entire cardiac community come together to participate in fun activities, increase public education and advocate for universal access to prevention, detection and treatment of CVD. For more information, visit http://worldheartday.org.

4. About the World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is an umbrella organization representing the global cardiovascular community, bringing together patient, medical, scientific and civil society groups. Together with its members, WHF influences policy, shares knowledge and inspires behavior change to achieve heart health for all. For more information, visit https://www.world-heart-federation.org.

5. About Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance
The Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance are committed to transforming care for people with cardio-renal-metabolic diseases, a group of interconnected disorders that affect more than one billion people worldwide and are a leading cause of death.

The cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic systems are interconnected and share many of the same risk factors and disease pathways across the disease continuum. Malfunction of one system can accelerate the onset of other systems, leading to the progression of interconnected diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart failure and kidney disease, which in turn lead to risk increased cardiovascular death. Conversely, improving the health of one system can have positive effects on others.

On this World Heart Day, they are proud to continue supporting the World Heart Federation. Through their research and treatments, their goal is to support people’s health, restore balance between the interconnected cardio-renal-metabolic systems and reduce their risk of serious complications. As part of their commitment to people whose health is threatened by cardio-renal-metabolic disorders, they will continue to take a multidisciplinary approach to care and focus our resources on filling treatment gaps.

6. About Servier
Servier is a global pharmaceutical group governed by a Foundation. Servier is an independent group that invests more than 20% of its brands’ turnover in Research and Development each year. To accelerate therapeutic innovation in the service of patients, the Group engages in open and collaborative innovation with academic partners, pharmaceutical groups and biotechnology companies. It also integrates the voice of the patient at the heart of its activities.

A leader in cardiology, the Groupe Servier’s ambition is to become a recognized and innovative player in oncology. Its growth is based on a sustained commitment in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, oncology, neurosciences and immuno-inflammatory diseases. To promote access to care for all, the Servier group also offers a range of quality generic drugs covering most pathologies.

As an official global partner of World Heart Day 2022, Servier’s support helps raise awareness and encourages individuals, families, communities and governments to advance the cardiovascular disease agenda and help people live longer, better and healthier heart.

[1] https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/themes/topics/indicator-groups/indicator-group-details/GHO/ambient-air-pollution

[2] In 2022, the World Heart Federation conducted a global pulse survey of 2,500 people in 25 countries.

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Cardiovascular diseases, the biggest cause of death in the world, claim 19 million lives each year.  Learn more at worldheartday.org

Cardiovascular diseases, the biggest cause of death in the world, claim 19 million lives each year. Learn more at worldheartday.org

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in World Heart Day to maximize heart health

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in World Heart Day to maximize heart health



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