(Washington, DC) –Today, leaders from the World Heart Federation (WHF), the American Heart Association, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), came together to highlight the pressing need to cut premature mortality from cardiovascular disease by at least 25 percent by 2025.
“Heart disease knows no boundaries, which is why the World Heart Federation’s Champion Advocates Programme is traveling around the world to reach different communities and populations and work together to inform change through long-lasting policies and programs,” said Johanna Ralston, chief executive officer of the WHF. “With every panel, such as the one that was conducted today in Washington, D.C., we come closer to achieving our goal of reducing premature mortality from cardiovascular disease.”
In the United States alone, heart diseases and stroke claim more than 2,150 Americans each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds. Every second counts, whether you have experienced a cardiovascular event, or are working hard to prevent one from occurring.
Many organizations are tackling the burden of heart disease with robust and far-reaching programs and policies. The panel discussion underscored the need for secondary prevention efforts for those who have already experienced a heart incident, or have established heart disease, and primary prevention strategies to stem the tide of heart disease in the United States and around the world.
“Heart disease can touch anyone, no matter where you live,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association. “It will take the collective efforts of everyone from community leaders to healthcare professionals, educators and business leaders to stop this No. 1 killer at the national and global level. By working together we can hopefully make this often fatal condition a distant memory for future generations.”
In addition to Ms. Ralston and Ms. Brown, other prominent speakers at today’s event included: Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC, executive director of the Million Hearts® initiative, of HHS; Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, chief of the Noncommunicable Disease Unit in the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of HHS; and Allen J. Taylor, MD, FACC, FAHA, chief of Cardiology at the Medstar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; and Chair of the FOCUS campaign of the American College of Cardiology. The panel was led by ABC7/WJLA-TV news reporter and heart attack survivor Jennifer Donelan.
Today’s panel was one segment of a year-long, worldwide effort by the WHF as part of its Champion Advocates Programme. The Champion Advocates Programme aims to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease by at least 25 percent by 2025 and also is designed to underscore the importance of secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and to build awareness of cardiovascular disease risk factors. During the past year, the WHF has hosted similar briefings in a number of countries, from China to Spain, to promote the Champion Advocates Programme goals of addressing the global burden of cardiovascular disease.
For more information on the Champion Advocates Programme, please visit: www.championadvocates.org
About the World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, via a united community of more than 200 member organizations. With its members, the World Heart Federation works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practice, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle cardiovascular disease – the world’s number one killer. It is a growing membership organization that brings together the strength of cardiac societies and heart foundations from more than 100 countries. Through our collective efforts we can help people all over the world to lead longer and better heart-healthy lives. For more information, please visit: www.championadvocates.org; http://www.worldheart.org; twitter.com/worldheartfed; facebook.com/worldheartfederation.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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