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Policy and Reports
In the 21 st century, rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are neglected diseases of marginalized communities. Globally, RHD remains the most-common cardiovascular disease in young people aged <25 years. Although RF and RHD have been almost eradicated in areas with established economies, migration from low-income to high-income settings might be responsible for a new burden of RHD in high- income countries. The World Heart Federation (WHF) and its Working Group on RF and RHD unites global experts, combines their experience and enthusiasm, and provides a platform for RHD control. This paper is a declaration of the WHF institutional strategic goal—a 25% reduction in premature deaths from RF and RHD among individuals aged <25 years by the year 2025
Bo Remenyi, Jonathan Carapetis, Rosemary Wyber, Kathryn Taubert and Bongani M. Mayos
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Leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and control publish paper calling for urgent action to reduce premature mortality by 25 per cent by 2025 (published 18 September 2012)
The writing committee members represent the following participating organizations: WorldHeart Federation (S.C.S., A.C., J.R., K.T.), American Heart Association (D.V.M., R.L.S.),American College of Cardiology Foundation (D.R.H., W.A.Z.), European Heart Network(S.L., H.S.), and European Society of Cardiology (R.F., D.A.W.)
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Download a document comparing targets outlined by the CVD Task Force and targets approved by WHO Member States
Expert consensus document (Published 25 August 2012)
Kristian Thygesen, Joseph S. Alpert, Allan S. Jaffe, Maarten L. Simoons, Bernard R. Chaitman and Harvey D. White: the Writing Group on behalf of the Joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF Task Force for the Universal Definition of Myocardial InfarctionKristian Thygesen, Joseph S. Alpert, Allan S. Jaffe, Maarten L. Simoons, Bernard R. Chaitman and Harvey D. White: the Writing Group on behalf of the Joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF Task Force for the Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction
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A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Endorsed by the World Heart Federation. (published in April 2012)
Peter B. Lockhart, Ann F. Bolger, Panos N. Papapanou, Olusegun Osinbowale, Maurizio Trevisan, Matthew E. Levison, Kathryn A. Taubert, Jane W. Newburger, Heather L. Gornik, Michael H. Gewitz, Walter R. Wilson, Sidney C. Smith, Jr and Larry M. Baddour.
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(published in February 2012)
Bo Reményi, Nigel Wilson, Andrew Steer, Beatriz Ferreira, Joseph Kado, Krishna Kumar, John Lawrenson, Graeme Maguire, Eloi Marijon, Mariana Mirabel, Ana Olga Mocumbi, Cleonice Mota, John Paar, Anita Saxena, Janet Scheel, John Stirling, Satupaitea Viali, Vijayalakshmi I. Balekundri, Gavin Wheaton, Liesl Zühlke and Jonathan Carapetis
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Explore the statement endorsed by the World Heart Federation and the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association
Discover the updated guidelines from the American Heart Association and co-sponsored by the World Heart Federation
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A Joint Interim Statement of the International Diabetes Federation Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; American Heart Association; World Heart Federation; International Atherosclerosis Society; and International Association for the Study of Obesity.
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Discover a Scientific Statement from the World Heart and Stroke Forum
WHF launches Report on Hypertension Roadmap implementation in Kenya
World Heart Federation President Salim Yusuf leads Hope-3 trials on the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
Science and Research